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The Stuff -- Amalgamated Dairies hires David Rutherford, an FBI man turned industrial saboteur, to investigate a popular new product called "The Stuff," a new dessert product that is blowing ice cream sales out of the water. Nobody knows how it's made or what's in it, but people are lining up to buy it. It's got a delicious flavor to die for!

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Director:
Writer:
Larry Cohen (written by)
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Release Date:
14 June 1985 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Are you eating it ...or is it eating you? See more »
Plot:
A delicious, mysterious goo that oozes from the earth is marketed as the newest dessert sensation. But the tasty treat rots more than teeth when zombie-like snackers who only want to consume more of the strange substance at any cost begin infesting the world. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael Moriarty ... David 'Mo' Rutherford

Andrea Marcovicci ... Nicole

Garrett Morris ... 'Chocolate Chip' Charlie W. Hobbs

Paul Sorvino ... Colonel Malcolm Grommett Spears

Scott Bloom ... Jason

Danny Aiello ... Vickers

Patrick O'Neal ... Fletcher
James Dixon ... Postman
Alexander Scourby ... Evans
Russell Nype ... Richards
Gene O'Neill ... Scientist
Catherine Schultz ... Waitress
James Dukas ... Gas Attendant
Peter Hock ... Miner
Colette Blonigan ... Jason's Mother

Robert Frank Telfer ... Jason's Father (as Frank Telfer)

Brian Bloom ... Jason's Brother
Harry Bellaver ... Old Miner

Beth Tegarden ... Girl in Lab
Ann Dane ... Hostess

Rutanya Alda ... Psychologist
David Snell ... Doctor
Edward Power ... Executive

Nick Taylor ... Ex-FBI Man
Daniel Antonovich ... Store Owner
Heidi Miller ... Girl in Franchise
Marilyn Staley ... Tour Guide
Adrianne Sachs ... Studio Aide
John Newton ... Howard
Harvey Waldman ... Gateman
Nicolas De Toth ... Griswald (as Nicholas DeToth)
Bobbie Burns ... Secretary (as Bobbi Burns)
Gretchen Ullman ... Receptionist
Jery Hewitt ... State Trooper
Lisa Crosby ... Stuff Girl
Christine Angelica ... Stuff Girl

Brooke Adams ... Special Guest Star in Stuff Commercial

Laurene Landon ... Special Guest Star in Stuff Commercial

Tammy Grimes ... Special Guest Star in Stuff Commercial

Abe Vigoda ... Special Guest Star in Stuff Commercial
Clara Peller ... Special Guest Star in Stuff Commercial
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Eric Bogosian ... Supermarket Clerk (uncredited)

Patrick Dempsey ... Underground Stuff Buyer #2 (uncredited)
Brad Rijn ... Supermarket Clerk (uncredited)

Mira Sorvino ... Factory Worker (uncredited)
Drew Stanley ... Second Miner (uncredited)

Directed by
Larry Cohen 
 
Writing credits
Larry Cohen (written by)

Produced by
Larry Cohen .... executive producer
Paul Kurta .... producer
Barry Shils .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Anthony Guefen 
 
Cinematography by
Paul Glickman (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Armond Lebowitz 
 
Art Direction by
Marleen Marta  (as Marlene Marta)
George Stoll 
 
Costume Design by
Timothy D'Arcy  (as Tim D'Arcy)
 
Makeup Department
Ed French .... mechanical makeup effects
Harvey Livingston Jr. .... hair designer
Harvey Livingston Jr. .... makeup artist
Michael Maddi .... mechanical makeup effects (as Mike Maddi)
Steve Neill .... mechanical makeup effects
Kim Robinson .... assistant makeup artist
Rick Stratton .... mechanical makeup effects
Craig Lyman .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Mark Croll .... unit production manager
James Dixon .... production supervisor: West Coast
Ira Halberstadt .... production manager: New York
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark Croll .... first assistant director
Jim Danforth .... second unit director
Jenny Fitzgibbons .... second assistant director
Harvey Waldman .... first assistant director: New York
 
Art Department
Larry Justice .... swing man
Charles Weaver .... props (as Charlie Weaver)
 
Sound Department
Billy Byrne .... apprentice sound editor
Stuart Deutsch .... boom operator
Eugene Gearty .... sound effects editor
Athan Gigakos .... sound re-recording mixer (as Athan Gigiakos)
Joanna Jimenez .... assistant sound editor
Val Kuklowsky .... supervising sound editor
Rolf Pardula .... sound mixer
Lisa Wytrval .... apprentice sound editor
Arnold Finkelstein .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Bret Culpepper .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
David Allen .... special visual effects
Jim Danforth .... matte artist
Jim Danforth .... miniature photography
Jim Danforth .... optical effects
Jim Doyle .... special visual effects
Paul Gentry .... visual effects
John Lambert .... visual effects
David Stipes .... visual effects
Ted Rae .... modelmaker: Effects Associates (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Jery Hewitt .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Scott Buckler .... electrician
Philippe Carr-Forster .... first assistant camera (as Phil Foster)
Val DeSalvo .... electrician (as Valerie DeSalvo)
Mike Dooley .... grip
Nelson Elwell .... special grip
Darryl Green .... gaffer
Tom Paul Hoppe .... camera operator: second unit (as Tom Hoppe)
Ken Howard .... still photographer
J. Christian Ingvordsen .... key grip (as Chris Ingvordsen)
Steven Kaman .... electrician (as Steve Kaman)
Cindy Lagerstrom .... special grip
Robert A. Preston .... special grip (as Bob Preston)
Gail Warren .... second assistant camera
Frederick Iannone .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Kathryn Conners .... extras casting (as Kathy Conners)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Timothy John .... costume designer: Ms. Marcovicci
Heidi Shulman .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Rosanne Lebowitz .... assistant editor (as Rozanna Lebowitz)
 
Music Department
Armond Lebowitz .... music editor
Richard Seaman .... music producer: jingles
Dwight Dixon .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Cathy Anderson .... location scout
Richard Benenson .... intern
Eamonn Bowles .... production assistant
Ian Clark .... titles
Jill S. Cohen .... production assistant (as Jill Cohen)
Melissa Cohen .... production assistant
Matthew Corey .... production assistant (as Matt Corey)
Drew Dillard .... production assistant
Steven Felder .... production consultant
Debra Fernandez .... choreographer
Peter Friedman .... production assistant
Elana Golden .... script supervisor
Jane Goldenberg .... intern
Sam Kitt .... production associate
Daniel Lupi .... production assistant
Larry Lurin .... product designer: "The Stuff"
Cecilia Kate Roque .... production coordinator (as Cecilia Roque)
Peter Sabiston .... executive: Larco Productions
Bob Schnur .... location scout
Joe Violante .... technical advisor
Pamela Wagener .... production assistant
Meredith Zamsky .... production assistant
Barbara Zitwer .... location scout
Craig Caton .... creature crew (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
87 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | France:-12 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #27631) | West Germany:18
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
According to Larry Cohen himself, in some scenes in which the Stuff chases characters, a foam made of blended fish bones was used. It stank so much that, as soon as the shots were done, the actors ran to a river in order to bathe and get rid of the stench.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: Colonel Spears says that his radio station is based in Atlanta, Georgia (where his militia and he eventually broadcast the final warning). However, the signs on the wall of the station say WGHQ 92, a New York-based radio station, and the exteriors are of WBPM, which is in Kingston, New York.See more »
Quotes:
[First lines]
Old Miner:[finds the Stuff bubbling out of the ground] What the hell is this? Sure smooth.
[he tastes some]
Old Miner:That tastes real good! Tasty! Sweet!
Second Miner:Harry, what're you doin' down there, takin' a leak?
Old Miner:No.
Second Miner:Want us to wait for ya?
Old Miner:No, you guys go on ahead. I'll catch up to ya later.
[continues eating the Stuff]
Old Miner:I'll be damned. Whatever that could be, it's mighty good.
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
The Tasty Treat That's Good Enough To Eat...YOU!!!, 5 December 2008
Author: Christopher T. Chase (cchase@onebox.com) from Arlington, VA.

That Larry Cohen...after B-movie home runs like "Q", "It's Alive" and "God Told Me To," what would this spiritual cousin of William Castle think of next?

How about a living dessert that likes to eat people as much as people like to eat IT?

That's the bottom line of THE STUFF, a yuk (and YUCK)-filled black comedy that some will find...WAIT FOR IT...an "acquired taste." (Bah-dum-BUM!)

Longtime Cohen associate Michael Moriarty is back for "seconds" as sharp-as-a-tack food industry mole David "Mo" Rutherford. (That's "Mo" as in "Mo' MONEY!") With the initial discovery and distribution of THE STUFF, it's bitch-slapped the sales of all other desserts, especially ice-cream, and now the suits behind the scoops want to know all about what this "stuff" is and how they can sabotage its popularity.

Amongst Larry Cohen's typical all-star cast ensemble: Andrea Marcovicci as a Mad Ave exec who created the campaign promoting the wildly popular new dessert; Garrett Morris as a "Famous Amos" clone who wants to help Mo (after all, it IS in his best interests); Danny Aiello as an FDA official who mysteriously got THE STUFF approved with no red tape whatsoever, and Paul Sorvino as a 'Strangelovian' right-winger who proves to be a valuable ally, once he's been convinced that THE STUFF is a "threat to national security"...never mind that it's a whole lot worse than that!

I love the fact that you can get really deep about this movie, and how Cohen is giving American consumerism and the greed for "more, more, more STUFF" consumes us all as we consume all the crap we don't really need, but are programmed to blindly want. Or you can just screw all the intellectualism and just groove on the fact that this is a BLOB/BODY SNATCHERS/BLUE SUNSHINE hybrid that's just a helluva lot of fun to watch!

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