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Gremlins (1984)

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A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.

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Minature green monsters tear through the small town of Kingston Falls. Hijinks ensue as a mild-mannered bank teller releases these hideous loonies after gaining a new pet and violating two of three simple rules: No water (violated), no food after midnight (violated), and no bright light. Hilarious mayhem and destruction in a town straight out of Norman Rockwell. So, when your washing machine blows up or your TV goes on the fritz, before you call the repair man, turn on all the lights and look under all the beds. 'Cause you never can tell, there just might be a gremlin in your house. Written by James Craver

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We're Back! (1985 re-release) See more »

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8 June 1984 (USA)  »

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Gremlini  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

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$148,170,000 (USA)
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2.20 : 1
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Trivia

Generally credited (along with Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)) to influence the MPAA to create the PG-13 rating, as many felt the scenes of violence in both movies were too much for a PG rating, but not enough for an R rating. See more »

Goofs

Pete Fountaine uses metal scissors to cut the Christmas lights a Gremlin is hanging off of. Not only are there no sparks from the live wire when this occurs but both sides remain lit despite the circuit's being broken. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Gizmo: Bright light. Bright light.
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Crazy Credits

At the very end of the closing credits, once the theme has ended, you can hear the sounds of gremlins laughing. See more »

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Out Out
Performed and Written by Peter Gabriel
Co-produced by Nile Rodgers and Peter Gabriel
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This was THE movie in 1984
23 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Back in 1984 I was a 11 year old just starting to learn to appreciate movies. In 1984 Gremlins was THE movie. It is the first movie, other than E.T. that had a strong commercial tie-in. I had all kinds of things that were Gremlin, specifically Gizmo related. My favorite was the the little Gizmos and Gremlins that you dropped into water and they grew really big. Man were those things slimy after they grew. No telling what kind of toxic chemicals I was touching with my bare hands. Oh the good old days, I can't help but give Gremlins a 10. It just wouldn't seem right if I gave it anything less. I normally don't like remakes, but I think this one would have potential with all the cool CGI out right now. Maybe Spielberg would even help with it.


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