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Director:
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 »
User Reviews:
Nobody's got a story like this one. Nobody! See more (230 total) »

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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Additional Details

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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:
Kenneth Tobey and Belinda Balaski also appeared in Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990), both playing a different character.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Mr. Hanson is calling the gremlin to come out from under the desk, his mouth does not move with the words being said.See more »
Quotes:
Kate:Now I have another reason to hate Christmas.
Billy Peltzer:What are you talking about?
Kate:The worst thing that ever happened to me was on Christmas. Oh, God. It was so horrible. It was Christmas Eve. I was 9 years old. Me and Mom were decorating the tree, waiting for Dad to come home from work. A couple hours went by. Dad wasn't home. So Mom called the office...
See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Gremlins...Mega-MadnessSee more »

FAQ

Any recommendations for other movies that feature nasty little critters like the gremlins?
What is a mogwai?
Why are there no female gremlins?
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42 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
Nobody's got a story like this one. Nobody!, 4 August 2000
Author: Shawn Watson from The Penumbra

A dark, crazy, twisted, inventive, and violent Christmas classic. There's really no way to classify or categorize Gremlins. It's too mean-spirited to be a kid's film, but not quite intense enough to justify a higher rating (but the 15-rated UK version makes a mockery of the BBFC guidelines).

Gremlins has long been an annual tradition for movie fans. The cozy, snowy atmosphere of Kingston Falls (which appears to be in upstate New York somewhere) is the perfect small town that we all wish we came from. Even when the Gremlins invade it's a homely place to be envious of.

I was frightened of the Gremlins when I was a kid, but they're really nothing more than gigantic smiles with arms and legs. They exist only to have fun at the expense of human life and private property. I suppose they could be a metaphor for hedonism or apathy.

Originally a much more evil script (intended to be an anti-Wonderful Life), Chris Columbus was inspired to write Gremlins as he listened to the rats in his apartment scurry about in the dark during the night. He lightened the material somewhat before filming began, but Joe Dante's wild vision makes it a twisted, festive reality.

Special mention must be made of Jerry Goldsmith's outrageous score and that famous theme tune 'The Gremlin Rag', a demented circus fanfare of anarchy and mayhem. It's crazy to think that over 26 years later it's still never been released on CD.

Gremlins sparked the rise of Chris Columbus as a creative force in Hollywood. Only 25 at the time of filming his career has been made up of classics, and Christmas classics, such as The Goonies, Young Sherlock Holmes, Home Alone, Home Alone 2, Harry Potter, and Bicentennial Man. Joe Dante never scored a bigger hit, but his subsequent career significant;y defined 80s and 90s cinema with movies such as Innerspace, The 'burbs, Gremlins 2, and Small Soldiers. Goldsmith scoring every one of them until his death in 2004.

Neither of them knew the massive franchise and fan-following which Gremlins would provoke, but it certainly deserves it's place in pop culture history.

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