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The Lost Boys -- Strange events threaten an entire family when two brothers move with their divorced mother to a California town where the local teenage gang turns out to be a pack of vampires.
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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 »
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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 .... sound 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 .... sound re-recording mixer
Chuck Neely .... sound editor
Mel Neiman .... processed sound effects
Alan L. Nineberg .... adr editor (as Alan Nineberg)
Vern Poore .... sound 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
Daniel P. Moore .... video operator: visual effects unit
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
Music Department
Kenneth Karman .... music editor (as Ken Karmann)
Michael Papale .... music consultant
George Doering .... musician (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.)
Huw Davies .... location manager (as T. Huw Davies)
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
Robert H. Lemer .... location manager (as Robert Lemer)
Jennie Lew Tugend .... executive assistant: Richard Donner (as Jennie Lew)
Joe Madalena .... location manager
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?

Though almost all of Kelly Jo Minter's scenes are deleted from the film, and the only true appearance she makes is over Lucy's shoulder in the video store, she still received billing the film's opening credits. Her scenes can be viewed in the 2004 Lost Boys DVD special features.See more »
Factual errors: When Sam gets in bed with his mother, and he is wearing the garlic necklace, his mother exclaims that he smells like garlic. However, the garlic around his neck is still whole in bulbs, and therefore, have a very weak scent, if any. It is not until garlic is peeled that its smell becomes apparent.See more »
David:Michael wants to know what's going on. Marco, what's going on?
Marko:I don't know. What's going on, Paul?
Paul:Wait a minute. Who wants to know?
Dwayne:Michael wants to know.
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
All hail the '80s!, 14 April 2003
Author: nichol_storm from Raleigh, MS

When their mother Lucy (an appealing Dianne Wiest) divorces their father, brothers Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim) find themselves dragged across the country to their grouchy grandfather's house in Santa Carla, California. Not only is it a wooden shack, it's filled with taxidermied animals and -- horror! -- doesn't have TV. If that was the sole sum of their problems, then this would be a pretty dull movie.

Fortunately, Michael attends a concert in which he notices a beautiful flame-haired girl named Star (Jami Gertz). She likes him, he likes her, the cheesy '80s soundtrack swells. Much to Michael's dismay, however, he finds she's running with a biker gang led by David (Kiefer Sutherland, sporting the most serious "business up top, party on the bottom" haircut I've ever seen). Trying to get closer to Star, Michael falls in with David's gang and after imbibing a bottlefull of wine that looks suspiciously like blood, he begins to realize something's up when he starts levitating and trying to drink his brother's blood.

Meanwhile, Sam meets the Frog Brothers who are serious and professional vampire hunters despite being all of thirteen years old. In order to save Michael from vamping out permanently, they have to track the lead vampire to his lair and stake him. Easier said than done!

This is a great movie. Not "Citizen Kane" great, of course, or even "Titanic" great, but marvelous cheesy fun that's somehow of better quality than it deserves to be. The comedy is genuinely funny, the horror is genuinely scary, and the romance falls genuinely flat, but hey! you can't win 'em all. Jason Patric is at his youngest, prettiest, and most Jim Morrison-esque as Michael, and is a darn good actor to boot. I'll never understand why he never made the leap to big-time star. Spike from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: the Series" is such an obvious rip-off of Kiefer Sutherland's David that it's not even funny. Kiefer did the 'charming, charismatic, leather-clad vampire bad-boy with the peroxide-blond hair and more of a heart than you might expect' thing first, and did it better, IMHO.

Okay, so the '80s fashion and haircuts may be scarier than the vampires, but this is still a fine little flick that should be seen at least once, if for no better reason than to bask in the beauty of Jason Patric and Kiefer Sutherland in their youthful glory. And if you don't go that way, you still have Jami Gertz to provide the attractive female eye candy. So check it out, and if you're like me, it'll leave you wishing for that sequel they planned but never made (curse you, film gods! It's not too late -- what have Corey Haim and Corey Feldman done since this movie? They could return for the sequel!)

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