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Writer:
Chris Columbus (written by)
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Release Date:
8 June 1984 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Cute. Clever. Mischievous. Intelligent. Dangerous. See more »
Plot:
A boy inadvertantly breaks 3 important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
7 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Hoyt Axton ... Randall Peltzer
John Louie ... Chinese Boy

Keye Luke ... Grandfather (Mr. Wing)
Don Steele ... Rockin' Ricky Rialto (voice)
Susan Burgess ... Little Girl
Scott Brady ... Sheriff Frank
Arnie Moore ... Alex

Corey Feldman ... Pete Fountaine

Harry Carey Jr. ... Mr. Anderson

Zach Galligan ... Billy Peltzer

Dick Miller ... Murray Futterman

Phoebe Cates ... Kate Beringer

Polly Holliday ... Ruby Deagle

Donald Elson ... Man on Street (as Don Elson)

Belinda Balaski ... Mrs. Joe Harris
Daniel Llewelyn ... Hungry Harris Child

Edward Andrews ... Mr. Corben

Judge Reinhold ... Gerald Hopkins
Lois Foraker ... Bank teller

Chuck Jones ... Mr. Jones

Kenny Davis ... Dorry

Frances Lee McCain ... Lynn Peltzer

Glynn Turman ... Roy Hanson

Nicky Katt ... Schoolchild (as Nick Katt)
Tracy Wells ... Schoolchild
John C. Becher ... Dr. Molinaro
Gwen Willson ... Mrs. Molinaro
Jackie Joseph ... Sheila Futterman

Jonathan Banks ... Deputy Brent
Joe Brooks ... Dave Meyers (Santa)
Jim McKrell ... Lew Landers (WDHB-TV reporter)

Frank Welker ... Stripe / Mogwai / Gremlins (voice)

Howie Mandel ... Gizmo (voice)
Fred Newman ... Mogwai / Gremlins (voice)
Mark Dodson ... Mogwai / Gremlins (voice)

Michael Winslow ... Mogwai / Gremlins (voice)

Peter Cullen ... Mogwai / Gremlins (voice)

Bob Bergen ... Mogwai / Gremlins (voice) (as Bob Berger)

Michael Sheehan ... Mogwai / Gremlins (voice) (as Mike Sheehan)

Bob Holt ... Mogwai / Gremlins (voice)
Mushroom ... Barney
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adam Bean ... Boy in Town Square (uncredited)
Karen Bean ... Girl in Town Square (uncredited)

Tom Bergeron ... TV News Reporter (uncredited)

Jerry Goldsmith ... Man in Telephone Booth Glancing at Camera (uncredited)
Marvin Miller ... Robby The Robot (voice) (uncredited)

Dean Rader-Duval ... Ron (uncredited)

Robby the Robot ... Robot (uncredited)

William Schallert ... Father Bartlett (uncredited)

Steven Spielberg ... Man in Electric Wheelchair (uncredited)

Kenneth Tobey ... Mobil Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)

Directed by
Joe Dante 
 
Writing credits
Chris Columbus (written by)

Produced by
Michael Finnell .... producer
Kathleen Kennedy .... executive producer
Frank Marshall .... executive producer
Steven Spielberg .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
 
Cinematography by
John Hora (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Tina Hirsch 
 
Casting by
Susan Arnold 
 
Production Design by
James H. Spencer 
 
Set Decoration by
Jackie Carr 
 
Makeup Department
Greg LaCava .... makeup artist (as Greg La Cava)
Cheri Ruff .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Phil Rawlins .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carol Green .... second assistant director
James Quinn .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Bruce Edwin Gregory .... assistant property master (as Bruce Gregory)
William F. Matthews .... set designer (as William Matthews)
Michael Muscarella .... construction coordinator (as Michael A. Muscarella)
Tom von Badinski .... welder
Marty Wunderlich .... property master (as Martin Wunderlich)
John Alvin .... poster artist (uncredited)
Mark Sparks .... propmaker (uncredited)
Harold Weed .... model maker (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Richard L. Anderson .... supervising sound editor
Warren Hamilton Jr. .... sound editor (as Warren Hamilton)
Ken King .... production sound mixer
Mark A. Mangini .... supervising sound editor (as Mark Mangini)
Tim Mangini .... assistant sound editor
Steve Maslow .... sound re-recording mixer
Kevin O'Connell .... sound re-recording mixer
Stephen Purvis .... dialogue editor (as Steve Purvis)
John Roesch .... foley artist
Joan Rowe .... foley artist
David E. Stone .... sound editor (as David Stone)
Bill Varney .... sound re-recording mixer
Douglas Vaughan .... boom operator
Alan Howarth .... special sound effects (uncredited)
Nicholas James .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Rick Kline .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Greg Orloff .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers .... technical director of sound (uncredited)
Solange S. Schwalbe .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Brent Baker .... creature crew
Jon Berg .... creature consultant
Bill Buttfield .... creature crew (as William Buttfield)
Blair Clark .... creature crew
Robert Cooper .... creature crew
Jay Davis .... creature crew
Randy Dutra .... creature crew
Tim Gillet .... creature crew (as Tim Gillette)
James Isaac .... creature crew
Pete Kleinow .... creature crew
Kelly Lepkowsky .... creature crew
Bob MacDonald Jr. .... special effects foreman
Robert MacDonald .... special effects supervisor (as Bob MacDonald Sr.)
Marghi McMahon .... creature crew (as Marghe McMahon)
Tony McVey .... creature crew (as Anthony McVey)
Ralph Miller .... creature crew
Thaine Morris .... creature crew
Gregg Olsson .... creature crew
Randy Ottenberg .... creature crew
Gary Platek .... creature crew
Chris Rand .... creature crew (as Christopher Rand)
Robert Seacrest .... creature crew (as Robert Secrest)
N. Theodore Shell .... creature crew (as Ted Shell)
Valerie Sofranko .... creature crew
David Sosalla .... creature crew
Tom St. Amand .... creature crew
Eben Stromquist .... creature crew
Kirk R. Thatcher .... creature crew (as Kirk Thatcher)
Carol Walas .... creature crew
Chris Walas .... creator: Gremlins
Mark Walas .... creature crew
Harold Weed .... creature crew
Joan Weinheimer .... creature crew
Ethan Wiley .... creature crew
Anna Albrecht .... creature crew (uncredited)
Richard Ratliff .... special effects foreman (uncredited)
Ken Speed .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Richard Stutsman .... special effects foreman (uncredited)
Jeffrey A. Wischnack .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Rocco Gioffre .... matte artist
Bill Hansard .... process photography
William Reilly .... motion control technician
Layne Bourgoyne .... animator: VCE (uncredited)
Eric Guaglione .... miniature model maker: motion control miniature effects: DQI (uncredited)
Michael Joyce .... model shop supervisor (uncredited)
Bruce Woodside .... animator: VCE (uncredited)
Hoyt Yeatman .... matte photographer: DQI (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Terry Leonard .... stunt coordinator
Rudy Doucette .... stunts (uncredited)
Rosemary Johnston .... stunts (uncredited)
Mike H. McGaughy .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Mike H. McGaughy .... stunts (uncredited)
Gene McLaughlin .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Norman Cattell .... first assistant camera
Norman Harris .... gaffer
Michael A. Jones .... camera operator (as Michael Jones)
William Kenney .... dolly grip (as William G. Kenney)
Ron Kenyon .... electrical best boy
Robert Miller .... grip best boy
Richard Moran .... key grip
Ralph Nelson .... still photographer (as Ralph Nelson Jr.)
Lex Rawlins .... second assistant camera
John Earl Burnett .... second assistant camera: additional photography (uncredited)
Michael B. Corbett .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Adam Glick .... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Albert Hood .... electrician (uncredited)
Paul Jacobsen .... electrician: practical fixtures (uncredited)
John C. Moulds .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Stephen St. John .... steadicam operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Norman A. Burza .... costume supervisor: men (as Norman Burza)
Linda Matthews .... costume supervisor: women
 
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter (as Donah J. Bassett)
Tom Finan .... assistant editor
Robert Raring .... color timer
David Williams .... apprentice film editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Bruce Botnick .... music recording mixer
Robert Fernandez .... music recording mixer
Kenneth Hall .... music editor
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Robert Neilson .... transportation coordinator (as Bob Neilson)
Dave Robling .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Ray Berwick .... animal coordinator
Kenneth Gilbert .... script supervisor
Helene Harris .... assistant: Mike Finnell
Rob Harris .... unit publicist
Erik Jensen .... project coordinator: Chris Walas Inc. (as E. Erik Jensen)
Karen Shaw .... production secretary
Steven Spielberg .... presenter
Michelle Zeisel .... assistant: Joe Dante
Laurie Arnow-Epstein .... construction accountant (uncredited)
Jim Lau .... voice actor (uncredited)
Bryan Renfro .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Kathleen Switzer .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
106 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Chile:14 | Finland:K-16 (2009) | Finland:K-14 (1984) | France:U | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | Iceland:10 | Iceland:12 (video rating) | Ireland:15 | Netherlands:AL | Netherlands:12 (DVD version) | Norway:15 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:All | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | UK:12A (theatrical release) (2012) | USA:PG (No. 27406) | West Germany:16 (f)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
In the bar scene, the video game the gremlin is playing is star wars.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The Gremlins run part of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), starting with "Heigh Ho", which is at a point much closer to the start of the movie than the "reel 4" indicated on the header would include.See more »
Quotes:
Gizmo:Bye Billy.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Out OutSee more »

FAQ

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47 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
One of my personal favorites..., 21 December 2003
Author: MovieAddict2014 from UK

Some films are not what they seem. Take "Gremlins" (1984) for example. It is the story of a small-town kid who acquires a strange creature that spawns a pack of menacing green beings that terrorize the inhabitants of the cheery little area.

A silly idea, yes, but surely a fun one, and surely one to be cherished. It isn't technically a great movie, or even a very good one, but it doesn't mean to be. The genius lies in the modest scale of the film -- it isn't just a crude horror film with evil alien species (see "Critters"), but a tongue-in-cheek parody of the rest, that still manages to fit in a few thrills along the way as if by accident.

Thank Joe Dante for this movie. And thank him for providing us with magnificent and imaginative films over the years. He is one of cinema's great underrated directors, the man responsible for bringing other creatures to life very often, whether it is werewolves or small toys or Looney Toons.

The movie is centered around Billy Peltzer (Zach Galligan), the small-town kid mentioned above who is handed a Mogwai by his father (Hoyt Axton), who picked the puffy furball up in Chinatown during one of his routine salesman trips. Billy's father is a sort of failed inventor, reminding us of the frizzle-haired Doc Emmett Brown played by Christopher Lloyd in "Back to the Future," only not quite as eccentric. "Back to the Future" came out a year after "Gremlins," and the two are similar in the way they entertain -- silly little ideas that nevertheless become almost genius. Time travel was a myth before "Back to the Future," which turned it into an adventurous notion, a way of being able to transport people back in time to see their own parents. (H.G. Wells himself hadn't even approached these topics, and I can guarantee he would have never sparked a relationship between the sibling and his mother.)

"Gremlins" is milestone movie-making magic, a simple idea like "Back to the Future," stretched out into a bigger picture. I won't kid you -- it's not as complex as "Future" is, but it doesn't need to be, and certainly doesn't want to be. It relies on humor and charm, and it has plenty of it.

Billy works at the town bank, hounded by the city grouch (Frances Lee McCain) and threatened by the vice president (Judge Reinhold). His long-time sweetheart (Phoebe Cates) works there, too, and at the local bar, occupied by drunks at night (and on occasion some nasty gremlins). The town loon (Dick Miller) is convinced there are gremlins about, and soon he is right.

"Don't ever get them wet," Billy is more or less told by his father. "And don't feed them after midnight." (See if you can spot the huge flaw in that rule.) Well, the small little Mogwai, Gizmo (voiced in burps and small cutesy sentences by Howie Mandel), does get wet, and spawns a set of fellow furballs -- all apparently mean-spirited and vile. And after tricking Billy by cutting the power on his clock, they get fed after midnight -- and basically evolve overnight into a bunch of green, nasty little gremlins, all of which continue to spawn throughout the town and cause absolute chaos.

Will Billy defeat the gremlins, get the girl, and save the town? Take a wild guess.

Everything Joe Dante touches is usually magic. Even his live-action/animation film "Toy Soldiers" was a load of fun because of its charming disposition. Dante doesn't try to make his films anything other than what they are -- charming and wildly, wickedly funny -- and that is undoubtedly the key to the outrageous success of "Gremlins," one of the biggest box office moneymakers ever released.

I wasn't a huge fan of the sequel, even though I have it in my DVD collection right next to the original. It lost the darkness of campiness of the original and went for all-out laughs (many of which failed) instead of the laugh-out-loud laughs of the original, which were concealed within a film that actually made sense (in some ways) and still managed to be dark and fun. The sequel also introduced the mandatory Goofy Idiot Character. In fact, it had two -- a Donald Trump-like manager and a gremlin that more or less belonged in The Three Stooges, and definitely not in a movie about menacing creatures. In fact, another of the first film's highlights was the way it made its creatures dark, hurtful, and just plain funny. (People complained that the launching of Frances Lee McCain out a window was too much, but come on.)

As a whole, I didn't think that the sequel worked especially well. But it has as big a fan following as the original in some respects, for those who favor goofy, pointless cash-ins over original, hysterical movies.

I wouldn't expect many people to love "Gremlins" as much as I do, but its charm is certainly worth commenting on -- and so is its wicked humor. Dark, chaotic and pretty darn infectious, the film's sense of humor quickly kicks into boot even during the campy voice-over narrative. The whole film is campy. And unlike something like "Critters" (which I loathe), this film is endearing and fresh and funny and has a bunch of likable characters -- especially Gizmo, the favorite and most infamous little critter ever seen on screen, and Stripe, the lead gremlin whose unfortunate frying incident at the end of the film actually makes you sad. No sequel for that little creep.

5/5 stars.

- John Ulmer

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