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Release Date:
31 July 1987 (USA) See more »
Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It's fun to be a vampire. See more »
After moving to a new town, two brothers discover that the area is a haven for vampires. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jason Patric ... Michael

Corey Haim ... Sam

Dianne Wiest ... Lucy

Barnard Hughes ... Grandpa

Edward Herrmann ... Max (as Ed Herrmann)

Kiefer Sutherland ... David

Jami Gertz ... Star

Corey Feldman ... Edgar Frog

Jamison Newlander ... Alan Frog

Brooke McCarter ... Paul

Billy Wirth ... Dwayne

Alex Winter ... Marko (as Alexander Winter)
Chance Michael Corbitt ... Laddie
Alexander Bacan Chapman ... Greg (as Alexander Bacon Chapman)
Nori Morgan ... Shelly

Todd Feder ... Surf Nazi #1

Christopher Peters ... Surf Nazi #2
Keith Butterfield ... Surf Nazi #3
Gerald Younggren ... Surf Nazi #4
Eric Graves ... Surf Nazi #5
J. Dinan Myrtetus ... Security Guard

Kelly Jo Minter ... Maria
Timmy Cappello ... Beach Concert Star

Jim Turner ... Gas Station Owner
Tony Cain ... Lost Child
Melanie Bishop ... Child's Mother
Sandra E. Garcia ... Runaway #1
Ian Guindon ... Runaway #2
Jane Bare ... Frog Mother
B. Lowenberg ... Frog Father
Captain Colourz ... Tattoo Man
Inez Pandalfi ... Security Guard's Wife
Cody ... Nanook
Folsom ... Thorn
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Harrod Blank ... Extra (uncredited)
Emily Brannen ... Teen Beach Concert Fan (uncredited)
Brett Clark ... Teen on Boardwalk (uncredited)
D. Alan Cooksey ... Man on Boardwalk (uncredited)
Kevin Deon ... Extra (uncredited)
Joe Ferrara II ... Pinball Player (uncredited)

Shawn Flanagan ... Patron in video store (uncredited)

Dave LaBrucherie ... Surfer Dude (uncredited)
Peggy Malone ... (uncredited)
Douglas Mellor ... (uncredited)
Mercedes Moseley ... Girl Getting Ears Pierced (uncredited)
Annie Muñoz ... Baby in church (uncredited)

Nicole Vigil ... Girl on Boardwalk (uncredited)

Directed by
Joel Schumacher 
Writing credits
Jan Fischer (story) (as Janice Fischer) &
James Jeremias (story)

Jan Fischer (screenplay) (as Janice Fischer) &
James Jeremias (screenplay) and
Jeffrey Boam (screenplay)

Produced by
Harvey Bernhard .... producer
Mark Damon .... co-executive producer
Richard Donner .... executive producer
John W. Hyde .... co-executive producer (as John Hyde)
Original Music by
Thomas Newman 
Cinematography by
Michael Chapman (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robert Brown 
Casting by
Marion Dougherty 
Production Design by
Bo Welch 
Art Direction by
Tom Duffield 
Set Decoration by
R. Chris Westlund  (as Chris Westlund)
Costume Design by
Susan Becker 
Makeup Department
Brent Baker .... effects crew: Cannom
Everett Burrell .... effects crew: Cannom
Greg Cannom .... prosthetic effects: vampires
Keith Edmier .... effects crew: Cannom
Earl Ellis .... effects crew: Cannom
Bill Forsche .... effects crew: Cannom (as Bill Foertsch)
Dino Ganziano .... hair stylist
Chris Goehe .... effects crew: Cannom
Morton Greenspoon .... contact lens consultant (as Morton K. Greenspoon O.D.)
Steve LaPorte .... makeup artist (as Steve Laporte)
Ve Neill .... makeup artist
Larry Odien .... effects crew: Cannom
K.G. Ramsey .... hair stylist
John Vulich .... effects crew: Cannom
Tony Gardner .... effects crew: Cannom (uncredited)
Production Management
William L. Young .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
M. James Arnett .... second unit director (as James Arnett)
William S. Beasley .... first assistant director
Patrick A. Duffy .... first assistant director: second unit (as Patrick Duffy)
Eric Jewett .... second assistant director
Jennifer Kingry .... second second assistant director
Kalai Strode .... second assistant director: second unit (as Woody K. Strode)
Art Department
Donald R. Abblett .... stand-by painter
Cheryl Carasik .... lead person
Ray Chambers .... construction foreman
Jack Johnson .... illustrator
Larry Lennert .... greens assistant
Dan Ondrejko .... greens foreman
William A. Petrotta .... property master (as Bill Petrotta)
Anne Sidaris-Reeves .... assistant property master
Michael J. Smith .... construction coordinator (as Michael Smith)
John Warnke .... set designer
Ron Ashmore .... painter gang boss (uncredited)
Lindsay Dawson .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Michael Denering .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Robert Misetich .... paint foreman (uncredited)
Victor M. Shannon .... plasterer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Rick Alexander .... re-recording mixer (as Dick Alexander)
Jeff Bushelman .... sound editor (as Jeffrey L. Bushelman)
Charles L. Campbell .... supervising sound editor
Larry Carow .... sound editor
Craig Clark .... sound editing assistant
Robert Crosby .... boom man
Louis L. Edemann .... supervising sound editor
Richard C. Franklin .... sound editor (as Richard C. Franklin Jr.)
Les Fresholtz .... re-recording mixer
Chuck Neely .... sound editor
Mel Neiman .... processed sound effects
Alan L. Nineberg .... adr editor (as Alan Nineberg)
Vern Poore .... re-recording mixer
Rod Rogers .... assistant adr editor
David M. Ronne .... production sound mixer (as David Ronne)
Robert Scarborough .... cable man
Larry Singer .... supervising adr editor
Stephen Mackey .... boom operator (uncredited)
Greg Orloff .... foley mixer (uncredited)
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Donald Elliott .... special effects
Sam Marquez .... special effects
Tim Moran .... special effects (as Timothy J. Moran)
Doyle Smiley .... special effects
Bob Stoker .... special effects
Lucinda Strub .... special effects
Richard Stutsman .... special effects (as Richard W. Stutsman)
Matt Sweeney .... special effects coordinator
Fred Tassaro .... special effects foreman
Mike Wever .... special effects (as Michael Wever)
Tony Gardner .... special makeup effects artist: Greg Cannom's crew (uncredited)
D. Kerry Prior .... special effects artist: Dream Quest Images (uncredited)
Shamu .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Michael Bigelow .... motion control supervisor
Eric Brevig .... visual effects designer
Eric Brevig .... visual effects supervisor
Charles Chiodo .... visual effects design consultant
Michael Ferriter .... optical compositor
James Green .... motion control technician
Robert Hall .... optical supervisor
Clint Hutchison .... visual effects element controller
Justin Klarenbeck .... motion control technician
Doug Lefler .... visual effects design consultant (as Douglas Lefler)
Tim McHugh .... special effects photographer
Dan Moore .... video operator: visual effects unit (as Daniel P. Moore)
William Reilly .... motion control technician
Richard Rippel .... optical compositor
Robert Scifo .... matte artist
Keith Shartle .... visual effects production manager
Michael Shea .... motion control technician
Chuck Shuman .... special effects photographer (as Charles Schuman)
James Balsam .... motion control camera operator (uncredited)
Jeff Nicholson .... optical camera (uncredited)
Vicky Benson .... stunts
Sandy Berumen .... stunts
May Boss .... stunts
Christopher Bowman .... stunts
Janet Brady .... stunts (as Janet Brady Gibbs)
David Burton .... stunts
Jodie Mae Caldwell .... stunts
Doc D. Charbonneau .... stunts
Monty Cox .... stunts (as Lamont Cox)
Gary Davis .... stunt coordinator
Scott Dockstader .... stunts
Bill Erickson .... stunt coordinator (as Bill Erikson)
Bruce Gattenbein .... stunts
Sandra Lee Gimpel .... stunts (as Sandy Gimpel)
Jeff Habberstad .... stunts (as Jeff Haberstad)
Randy Hall .... stunts
Steve Holladay .... stunts
Madonna Joy .... stunts
Kim Robert Koscki .... stunts (as Kim Koscki)
David LeBell .... stunts (as David Lebell)
Gene LeBell .... stunts (as Gene Lebell)
John Meier .... stunts (as John C. Meier)
Larry Nicholas .... stunts
William R. Perry .... stunts (as Bill Perry)
Chuck Picerni Jr. .... stunts (as Charles Picerni Jr.)
Dan Plum .... stunts
Bernie Pock .... stunts
Pat Romano .... stunts
Dennis Scott .... stunts
Ceci Vendrell .... stunts
Jack West .... stunts
Scott Wilder .... stunts
Spice Williams-Crosby .... stunts (as Spice Williams)
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric D. Andersen .... camera operator: second unit (as Eric Anderson)
Michael W. Blymyer .... rigging gaffer (as Mike Blymyer)
Michael Genne .... camera operator
Paul Goldsmith .... director of photography: second unit
Kim Guthrie .... first assistant camera
Larry Hezzelwood .... second assistant camera
Frank M. Holgate .... aerial photographer: second unit (as Frank Holgate)
Gene Kearney .... key grip
Leslie J. Kovacs .... gaffer (as Leslie Kovacs)
Benny McNulty .... electrical best boy
Bob Munoz .... grip best boy (as Robert Munoz)
Jane O'Neal .... still photographer
Michael D. O'Shea .... camera operator (as Mike O'Shea)
Dan Reilly .... key grip: second unit
Bill Roe .... first assistant camera
Peter Salim .... camera operator
Scott Spencer .... gaffer: second unit (as Scott Spenser)
Johnny Walker .... first assistant camera: second unit
Sandy Williams .... dolly grip
Ken W. Ballantine .... electrician (uncredited)
Michael B. Corbett .... best boy: second unit (uncredited)
Adam Glick .... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Doug Mathias .... gaffer (uncredited)
Bradford Ralston .... video assist operator (uncredited)
Alex Rodriguez .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Eric Smith .... electrician (uncredited)
Stephen St. John .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Michael T. Travers .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Judith Bouley .... location casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Chase .... costume supervisor (as Bob Chase)
Rosemarie Fall .... costume supervisor: women
Jerry Herrin .... costume supervisor: added scenes and retakes
Stephen P. Shubin .... costumer (as Stephen Shubin)
Editorial Department
Tracy Granger .... assistant editor
Tracey McCampbell .... assistant editor
Jim Prior .... assistant editor
Location Management
Huw Davies .... location manager (as T. Huw Davies)
Robert H. Lemer .... location manager (as Robert Lemer)
Joe Madalena .... location manager
Music Department
Kenneth Karman .... music editor (as Ken Karmann)
Michael Papale .... music consultant
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
Chas Smith .... exotic instruments (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Whitey Ellison .... transportation coordinator
Bob Nielson .... transportation captain
Lief Sand .... driver
George Zimmerman .... driver
Other crew
Robert A. Daly Jr. .... production office assistant (as Bob Daly Jr.)
Geno Escarrega .... production associate
Anthony Goldschmidt .... title designer
Dennis Grisco .... animal trainer
William Shane Grisco .... animal trainer (as Wm. S. Grisco)
Jodi Guber .... production office assistant
Donna Hart .... secretary: Joel Schumacher
Phyllis Gardner Hirsen .... unit publicist
Paul Kaplansky .... assistant: Joel Schumacher
Jan Kemper .... script supervisor
Tom Lassally .... production office assistant
Andrew Lauren .... production office assistant
Jennie Lew Tugend .... executive assistant: Richard Donner (as Jennie Lew)
Gail Martin-Sheridan .... production accountant (as Gail Martin)
Marie Melendez .... assistant: Harvey Bernhard
Grant Olson .... craft service
Travis Powell .... production office assistant
Ross Reynolds .... helicopter pilot: second unit
Laurie Ryan .... secretary: Richard Donner
John D. Sarviss .... helicopter pilot
Ilyse Selwyn .... production secretary
Alan Simon .... production office assistant
Jane Stewart .... researcher
Jack Tice .... welfare worker
Sheila A. Warner .... production secretary (as Sheila Warner)
Laurie Arnow-Epstein .... construction accountant (uncredited)
Pam Ellington .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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97 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35mm prints)

Did You Know?

Executive producer Richard Donner originally intended to direct the movie himself, but as production languished, he moved onto Lethal Weapon (1987) and eventually hired Joel Schumacher for the job.See more »
Factual errors: The credits at the end give credit to the poster hanging on the wall in Sam's room as a still from The Breakfast Club (1985). In fact, this picture of Molly Ringwald in a dark blue shirt sitting in a classroom is not from The Breakfast Club, but instead, from Sixteen Candles (1984).See more »
Alan Frog:We blew it, man, we lost it!
Edgar Frog:Shut up!
Alan Frog:We unraveled in the face of the enemy!
Edgar Frog:It's not our fault, they pulled a mind scramble on us! They opened their eyes and talked!
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Crazy Old SoldierSee more »


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20 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Great 80s fun!, 3 August 2006

There are many films about vampires, but one that is almost always remembered with a shy smile on the face is definitely "The Lost Boys". As one of the best remembered films of the 80s, this movie has become part of pop culture and a defining film for that period as it showcases most of what was cool or hip in that decade. While its status as "horror classic" has a lot to do with the nostalgic factor, it's an entertaining film on its own right and its modernization of the vampire myth along with its tongue in cheek humor still make for a charming and funny session of pure mindless entertainment.

The movie begins with Lucy Emerson (Dianne Wiest) as she moves to Santa Clara, California, with her two teenager sons, Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim) after a bitter divorce. In Santa Clara, Michael becomes involved with a local gang of bikers who have a dark and mysterious secret while Sam becomes friends with two weird boys who claim that the town is being invaded by vampires and its their mission to get rid of them. As Michael begins to act strange, Sam suspects that his brother has become one of the undead and begins to take his friends seriously.

Directed by Joel Schumacher, "The Lost Boys" is a movie that effectively combines a cool and attractive look with a simple but entertaining plot resulting in a successful and charming film. The story modernizes classic elements of the vampire myth and adapts it to its time with intelligence and definitely tongue in cheek humor. In fact, this self-aware comedy approach is what makes the film enjoyable, and it relies more on fun and laughs than in actual scares. The plot is rather simple, and lacks some character development, but it makes an interesting (although also quite simplistic) analogy between the troubles of youth and becoming a vampire.

Visually the movie looks great, although by now it has that dated nostalgic look of a past decade. Still, the flamboyant visual composition fits perfectly in the film's time and context and it is one of the films biggest assets. Schumacher's fluid and energetic camera-work makes the movie flow at with a nice rhythm and the movie never becomes dull or boring.

The cast is very effective and everyone makes a great job. Corey Haim is remarkably good and while he may not be a good actor, in this film he is perfect for the role of Sam. Jason Patric is less lucky and he is overshadowed by the very talented Kiefer Sutherland, who steals every scene with his charm and presence. Jami Gertz gives a somewhat forgettable performance but veterans Dianne Wiest and Edward Herrmann are both excellent in their roles and have some funny lines.

"The Lost Boys" suffers a lot from its own self-referential nature, it looks old and severely dated by now even when it's 20 years ago when it was released for the first time. The cleverly written plot is very entertaining, but somehow the lack of character development and the comedy take on the story make it to never reach its full potential. The premise is quite interesting but the "Lost Boys" theme is never fully explored leaving at a nice but a bit shallow experience.

Definitely most of the charm of "The Lost Boys" is due to nostalgia, as the movie is now basically a time capsule of the 80s. However, it is hard to deny that despite being what one would call a "popcorn movie", in its time it was an intelligent, original and fresh take on vampires. While it may not be a landmark of horror of a life-changing experience, "The Lost Boys" is one of those films that will definitely deliver what they promise: a healthy dose of mindless entertainment.

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