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Director:
Writers:
Ray Bradbury (screenplay)
Ray Bradbury (novel)
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Release Date:
29 April 1983 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
After he fulfills your deepest, lifelong dream...he'll tell you the price you have to pay. See more »
Plot:
In a small American town, a diabolical circus and its demonic proprietor prey on the townsfolk. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Mature and intriguing thriller for adults and kids alike See more (67 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jason Robards ... Charles Halloway

Jonathan Pryce ... Mr. Dark

Diane Ladd ... Mrs. Nightshade

Royal Dano ... Tom Fury
Vidal Peterson ... Will Halloway
Shawn Carson ... Jim Nightshade
Mary Grace Canfield ... Miss Foley
Richard Davalos ... Mr. Crosetti
Jake Dengel ... Mr. Tetley

Jack Dodson ... Dr. Douglas
Bruce M. Fischer ... Mr. Cooger

Ellen Geer ... Mrs. Halloway

Pam Grier ... Dust Witch
Brendan Klinger ... Cooger as a Child
James Stacy ... Ed, The Bartender
Angelo Rossitto ... Little Person #1
Peter Risch ... Little Person #2 (as Peter D. Risch)
Tim T. Clark ... Teenage Boy
Jill Carroll ... Teenage Girl
Tony Christopher ... Young Ed
Sharan Lea ... Young Miss Foley
Scott De Roy ... Cooger as a Young Man
Sharon Ashe ... Townswoman
Arthur Hill ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Phil Fondacaro ... Demon Clown (uncredited)
Jerry Maren ... (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jack Clayton 
 
Writing credits
Ray Bradbury (screenplay)

Ray Bradbury (novel)

Produced by
Peter Douglas .... producer (as Peter Vincent Douglas)
Dan Kolsrud .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
James Horner 
 
Cinematography by
Stephen H. Burum 
 
Film Editing by
Barry Mark Gordon 
Argyle Nelson Jr.  (as Argyle Nelson)
 
Casting by
Virginia Higgins 
Pam Polifroni 
 
Production Design by
Richard Macdonald  (as Richard MacDonald)
 
Art Direction by
Richard Lawrence  (as Richard James Lawrence)
John B. Mansbridge 
 
Set Decoration by
Rick Simpson 
 
Costume Design by
Ruth Myers 
 
Makeup Department
Gary Liddiard .... makeup artist
Edie Panda .... hair stylist
Robert J. Schiffer .... creative makeup
James R. Scribner .... makeup artist (as Jim Scribner)
Stan Winston .... special makeup effects (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Richard Learman .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Scott Cameron .... additional second assistant director
Christopher Disney Miller .... additional second assistant director (as Christopher D. Miller)
Dan Kolsrud .... first assistant director
Lisa Marmon .... second assistant director
Stephen McEveety .... first assistant director: special effects (as Steve McEveety)
 
Art Department
Dennis DeWaay .... construction coordinator
Joseph Hurley .... production illustrator (as Joe Hurley)
Mark Sparks .... propmaker
Yarek Alfer .... sculptor (uncredited)
Jesse Silver .... production illustrator (uncredited)
Alan Sims .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Daniel Turk .... foreman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Nick Alphin .... sound re-recording mixer
Bruce Bisenz .... production sound mixer
Robert Hathaway .... sound supervisor (as Bob Hathaway)
David M. Horton .... special sound effects creator
Al Maguire .... dialogue editor
Joseph A. Parker .... supervising sound effects editor
Richard Portman .... sound re-recording supervisor (as Richard R. Portman)
Richard Portman .... special sound effects creator (as Richard R. Portman)
Frank Regula .... sound re-recording mixer (as Frank C. Regula)
Wayne Allwine .... sound editor (uncredited)
George Fredrick .... sound editor (uncredited)
Allen Hurd .... sound (uncredited)
Al Maguire .... adr editor (uncredited)
George Probert .... sound editor (uncredited)
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
Douglas J. Schulman .... cable person (uncredited)
Roger Sword .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Allen Hall .... mechanical special effects
Willard Livingston .... mechanical special effects
Hans Metz .... mechanical special effects
Isidoro Raponi .... mechanical special effects
Roland Tantin .... mechanical special effects supervisor
Tom von Badinski .... welder
Gary D'Amico .... special effects (uncredited)
George Paine .... miniatures (uncredited)
John Palmer .... special effects: WonderWorks (uncredited)
Robert G. Willard .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Peter Anderson .... special photographic effects
William L. Arance .... airbrush artist (as W.L. Arance)
Allen Blyth .... animator (as Wm. Allen Blyth)
Ed Coffey .... animator
Clint Colver .... composite supervisor
Art Cruickshank .... special photographic effects
Lee Dyer .... special visual effects
Harrison Ellenshaw .... special effects consultant
Gail Fox .... animator
Allen Gonzales .... animator
Bill Kilduff .... opticals supervisor
Michael Lloyd .... matte artist
Phil Meador .... special photographic effects
John Norton .... animator
Darrell Rooney .... animator
Scott Santoro .... animator
Jesse Silver .... matte artist
Ron Stangl .... animation production coordinator
Richard Sullivan .... scene planner (as Richard T. Sullivan)
Michael Wolf .... effects animation supervisor
David Halver .... rotoscope artist (uncredited)
George Muhs .... visual effects (uncredited)
Lynda Thompson .... visual effects assistant scene coordinator (uncredited)
Susan Turner .... visual effects (uncredited)
Bruce Woodside .... animator: VCE (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Gary Combs .... stunts
Bobby Porter .... stunts
George Robotham .... stunts
Pat Romano .... stunts (as Patrick Romano)
Charles A. Tamburro .... stunts (as Charles Tamburro)
Jeff Viola .... stunts
Scott Land .... stilt walker (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Elliot Davis .... camera operator
Jan Kiesser .... additional photography
Carl Boles .... gaffer (uncredited)
Michael R. Marquette .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Peter McEvoy .... set lighting technician (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tony Faso .... costumer: men
Jennifer L. Parsons .... costumer: women (as Jennifer Parsons)
Jack Sandeen .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Axel Hubert .... assistant film editor (as Axel Anton Hubert)
 
Music Department
Dennis Ricotta .... music editor
Jack Wadsworth .... supervising music editor
James Horner .... conductor (uncredited)
Greig McRitchie .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Greig McRitchie .... music arranger: Beethoven (uncredited)
Greig McRitchie .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Shawn Murphy .... score mixer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Edle Bakke .... script supervisor
Susan Becton .... production coordinator
Jeanie Sims .... creative consultant
Bayard Veiller .... production coordinator
Cardon Walker .... production coordinator
Mark Harden .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Charles A. Tamburro .... aerial coordinator/pilot (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
95 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Steven Spielberg was considered to direct this movie.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: When Jim Nightshade buys the lightning rod with cash and coin, he has a Lincoln Memorial penny, which wasn't minted until 1959. The story is set earlier.See more »
Quotes:
Charles Halloway:A father should be able to play baseball with his son.
Mrs. Halloway:Baseball's not necessary, not with a heart like yours, he'll forgive you that.
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32 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Mature and intriguing thriller for adults and kids alike, 17 September 1999
Author: greenie from Boulder

This film is well made in all regards; the cast is top-notch, the cinematography and direction drive the tone of the movie, the effects inventive and wonderful (even by late-90's standards) and best of all, the storyline superb.

That said, this is arguably the best film made from any of Ray Bradbury's works. I first read the book years ago as a 13-year-old and remember the images the tale concocted, and the questions about myself that the storyline propose ring as true today from the film as they did then from the page.

Owing much to the casting of the film, the director marvelously weaves the story around the principal leads by allowing a score of tertiary characters to guide the plot's tone, mood and motion. Each person, whether major or minor, is an intriguing part of the tale with their own tale to tell. With great efficiency we understand what drives each of the townspeople, and grow more curious and suspicious as to the background of the carnival folk.

Sympathy -- or contempt -- for each of the characters is developed throughout, and best the film's two supporting actors, Jason Robards and Jonathan Pryce. While neither is exactly cast against type here, both provide a driving stability for the film. The two boys that serve as the film's protagonists do an admirable job in portraying both the fear and delight that is part of youth, and inherent to coming of age.

This movie is a fine example of how an effective thriller can be made without resorting to language, blood, sex, or violence. While I am not all opposed to films that use any or all of those conventions, it is a refreshing change from what is otherwise the norm.

One of the greatest benefits is that the resulting film is one that you can watch with your children, a film that will provide them a healthy scare and stimulate their mind as well. As the film does contain some dark and frightening imagery, it could certainly serve as a source of nightmares for younger children.

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