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Chris Columbus (written by)
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Release Date:
8 June 1984 (USA) See more »
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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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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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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:
During one night shoot, problems with the Gremlin puppets were so severe that the entire cast fell asleep on the set during the delay.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:
Stripe:Gizmo Caca.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Greatest Ever Christmas Movies (2013) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Out OutSee more »

FAQ

Is "Gremlins" based on a book?
Any recommendations for other movies that feature nasty little critters like the gremlins?
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52 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
20th Anniversary Review, 8 June 2004
Author: ITTMovieFanatic from U.S.A.

Exactly 20 years ago today "Gremlins" opened in theaters across the U.S. It went on to be one of the biggest smash hits not only of the summer of 1984, but of the entire year. And in my opinion, it deserved to be a hit. I remember seeing this movie at a movie theater with some friends of mine right after it opened 20 years ago, and I said afterwards, "this is going to be a huge hit". And it was.

"Gremlins" is a story that plays like a darker version of Steven Spielberg's "E.T." Which is funny, because it was Spielberg himself who had the vision of "Gremlins" becoming a movie. Spielberg, along with his then collaborators Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy (the trio founded the production company Amblin Entertainment), served as executive producers of the film. Spielberg got a then up-and-coming screenwriter named Chris Columbus to write the script (Columbus would go on to become the director of the first two "Harry Potter" movies as well as the first two "Home Alone" pictures), and Roger Corman protege Joe Dante to direct the picture (Dante directed 1978's "Piranha", a witty spoof of Spielberg's first smash hit "Jaws", and a segment of Spielberg's "Twilight Zone: The Movie" a year earlier). What they created was a movie that was great fun from start to finish.

"Gremlins" is about a young man who receives a very unusual Christmas gift from his inventor father. He gets a little friendly creature called a Mogwai, which is as cute as a button. But there's a twist. There are three rules that must be followed in caring for the Mogwai: Rule #1 - Keep them away from light; Rule #2 - Don't get them wet; and Rule #3 - Don't feed them after midnight. When the rules get broken, all hell breaks loose as mean-spirited little monsters turn everything upside down. "Gremlins" then turns into a super-duper special effects picture, with the creatures created exceptionally by Chris Walas (Oscar winner for the makeup job on the 1986 remake of "The Fly"). These monsters are scary to be sure, but also very funny with some of the antics they provide.

Even though the special effect monsters steal the show, the acting by the human actors is very good too. Zach Galligan makes the most of his film debut as Billy Peltzer, the young hero who tries to stop the gremlins; Phoebe Cates is effective as his girlfriend; the late Hoyt Axton is a hoot as the inept inventor father (some of his crazy inventions are hilarious, especially when the inventions backfire into slapstick catastrophes); Frances Lee McCain is good as the mother and housewife (who has one big scene with the nasty critters); Polly Holliday is wickedly funny as Mrs. Deagle, the meanest woman in town; and Dante regular Dick Miller is a riot as Mr. Futterman, the nice man who's always complaining about hand-made products being made out of foreign parts. Judge Reinhold and Corey Feldman have small roles as Billy's bank co-worker and good friend, respectively, and look for a quick cameo by Spielberg himself.

"Gremlins" was such a big hit in 1984 that it got re-released back in theaters the following year before it made its debut on video. The movie grossed over $153 million at the box office (combining the original 1984 release and the 1985 re-release). And it stands alone as a great creature feature. "Gremlins" was also imitated many times shortly afterwards. Following in its footsteps came 1985's "Ghoulies", and 1986's "Troll" and "Critters". All these movies spawned sequels of their own, and none of them came close to capturing the greatness of "Gremlins" (although the original "Critters" came the closest; it was the only movie out of that bunch that I mildly enjoyed). Six years later came the "Gremlins" sequel "Gremlins 2: The New Batch". It wasn't as good as the original, but it's still a good movie sequel. I'll take "Gremlins 2" as well as the original "Gremlins" over "Ghoulies" or "Troll" anyday.

***** (out of five)

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