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Writers (WGA):
Stephen King (novel)
Stephen King (screenplay)
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Release Date:
21 April 1989 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Sometimes dead is better. See more »
Plot:
Behind a young family's home in Maine is a terrible secret that holds the power of life after death. When tragedy strikes, the threat of that power soon becomes undeniable. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Sticks to the book, but loses A LOT See more (234 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dale Midkiff ... Louis Creed

Fred Gwynne ... Jud Crandall

Denise Crosby ... Rachel Creed

Brad Greenquist ... Victor Pascow
Michael Lombard ... Irwin Goldman

Miko Hughes ... Gage Creed

Blaze Berdahl ... Ellie Creed

Susan Blommaert ... Missy Dandridge
Mara Clark ... Marcy Charlton
Kavi Raz ... Steve Masterton
Mary Louise Wilson ... Dory Goldman
Andrew Hubatsek ... Zelda

Liz Davies ... Girl at Infirmary
Kara Dalke ... Candystriper
Matthew August Ferrell ... Jud as a Child
Lisa Stathoplos ... Jud's Mother

Stephen King ... Minister
Elizabeth Ureneck ... Rachel as a Child
Chuck Courtney ... Bill Baterman
Peter Stader ... Timmy Baterman
Richard Collier ... Young Jud
Chuck Shaw ... Cop
Dorothy McCabe ... Seatmate #1
Mary R. Hughes ... Seatmate #2
Eleanor Grace Courtemanche ... Logan Airport Gate Agent
Donnie Greene ... Orinco Driver
Lila Duffy ... Budget Clerk
John David Moore ... Hitchhike Driver
Beau Berdahl ... Ellie Creed II
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kira Willoughby ... Mother at Logan Airport (uncredited)

Directed by
Mary Lambert 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Stephen King (novel)

Stephen King (screenplay)

Produced by
Mitchell Galin .... co-producer
Richard P. Rubinstein .... producer
Ralph S. Singleton .... associate producer
Tim Zinnemann .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Elliot Goldenthal 
 
Cinematography by
Peter Stein (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Daniel P. Hanley  (as Daniel Hanley)
Mike Hill  (as Michael Hill)
 
Casting by
Pamela Basker 
Fern Champion 
 
Production Design by
Michael Z. Hanan 
 
Art Direction by
Dins W.W. Danielsen 
 
Set Decoration by
Kathe Klopp 
 
Costume Design by
Marlene Stewart  (as M. Stewart)
 
Makeup Department
David LeRoy Anderson .... special makeup effects artist (as Dave Anderson)
Lance Anderson .... special makeup designer
John Blake .... makeup effects assistant
 
Production Management
Barbara Rosing Hoke .... unit production manager (as Barbara A. Rosing)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Phillip Christon .... first assistant director
Joan Cunningham .... second second assistant director
Suzanne Haasis .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Michael Biggie .... painter
Jo Brown .... head scenic
Kelly Deco .... scenic paint foreman
Richard Bryan Douglas .... carpenter
Ellen Freund .... property master
Steve A. Hagberg .... construction coordinator
Carlene Hirsch .... lead greensman
Jennifer Law-Stump .... scenic artist: Cinnabar
Douglas E. Maxwell .... leadman: Max Edwards
Stephanie Pilk .... assistant set decorator
Ron Woods .... props
Mark Zuelzke .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Blake R. Cornett .... first assistant sound editor
Greg Curda .... foley mixer
Ken Dufva .... foley artist
Michael Herbick .... sound re-recording mixer
Gregg Landaker .... sound re-recording mixer
Jane Lang .... sound editor (as Jane C. Lang)
Steve Maslow .... sound re-recording mixer
Patrushkha Mierzwa .... boom operator
Hamilton Sterling .... sound editor
Mark Ulano .... production sound mixer
Donald C. Rogers .... technical director of sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Bob Ahmanson .... special effects technician
Peter Chesney .... mechanical effects coordinator (as Peter M. Chesney)
Stephen M. Chesney .... special effects technician
Tom Chesney .... special effects technician
Scott Coulter .... lab technician
Robin L. D'Arcy .... image coordinator (as Robin D'Arcy)
Jeffrey S. Farley .... lab technician (as Jeff Farley)
Adam Jones .... lab technician
Dean W. Miller .... special effects technician (as Dean Miller)
Kevin Swigert .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Betzy Bromberg .... opticals: Fantasy II Film Effects
David Emerson .... opticals: Fantasy II Film Effects
John Huneck .... camera operator: Fantasy II Film Effects
Leslie Huntley .... production supervisor: Fantasy II Film Effects
Ken Marschall .... matte artist: Fantasy II Film Effects
Heather Pumphrey .... production assistant: Fantasy II Film Effects
Gene Warren Jr. .... effects supervisor: Fantasy II Film Effects
Christopher Warren .... assistant: Fantasy II Film Effects
Jon Warren .... production assistant: Fantasy II Film Effects
 
Stunts
Laura Dash .... stunts
Donna Garrett .... stunts
Bob Herron .... stunts
John Robotham .... stunts
Ben Scott .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dustin Ault .... grip
Herb Ault .... first company grip
Suzanne Cobb .... assistant chief lighting technician
Robert Dracup .... chief lighting technician (as Robert P. Dracup)
Giles Dunning .... second assistant photographer
Leigh Feitelberg .... camera assistant
Mark Gambino .... second company grip
Rusty Geller .... steadicam operator
Kurt Grossi .... grip
Brooks P. Guyer .... louma crane operator
David A. Harp .... first assistant photographer (as David Harp)
Ken Hudson .... camera assistant
Rick Lamb .... 1st assistant camera steadicam
Patrushkha Mierzwa .... boom operator
Bill Pierson .... dolly grip
John A. Small .... second assistant photographer (as John Small)
Abigayle Tarsches .... still photographer
 
Casting Department
Lindsay Chag .... casting associate
Kira Willoughby .... extras casting assistant
 
Editorial Department
Barry Dresner .... additional editor
Donald Freeman .... final colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Phil Bulla .... score recordist
Robert Elhai .... orchestrator
Charles Martin Inouye .... music editor
Joel Iwataki .... music scoring mixer
Dan Goldwasser .... soundtrack producer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
A. Welch Lambeth .... transportation coordinator
William O'Brien .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Steve Alterman .... adr loop group
Terrence Beasor .... adr loop group
Jonathan Brandis .... adr loop group
Cathy Cavadini .... adr loop group
Judi M. Durand .... adr loop group (as Judi Durand)
Deborah Fallender .... adr loop group
David J. Greenberg .... runner: set department (as David Greenberg)
Barbara Harris .... adr loop group (as Barbara Iley)
David Blake Hartley .... location manager
Parker Jacobs .... adr loop group
Harvey Jason .... adr loop group
Stacy Keach Sr. .... adr loop group
Jesse Long .... script supervisor
David McCharen .... adr loop group
Brian McMillan .... head animal trainer
Ryan McWhorter .... adr loop group
Mary Linda Phillips .... adr loop group (as Linda Phillips)
Nurit Prag .... production assistant
Jan Rabson .... adr loop group
David Randolph .... adr loop group (as David J. Randolph)
Gary Schwartz .... adr loop group
LaGloria Scott .... adr loop group
Penina Segall .... adr loop group
Neal Thompson .... title designer
Stacy Heather Tolkin .... adr loop group
Susan Towner .... production accountant
Ione Turner .... adr loop group
Jeanine Wilson .... accountant
Lynnanne Zager .... adr loop group
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Pet Cemetery" - USA (orthographically correct title)
"Stephen King's Pet Sematary" - Philippines (English title) (poster title)
"Petto Semetari" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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Runtime:
103 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Stereo (Dolby Stereo)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The original screenplay featured the 'wendigo' (a Native American demon) that was mentioned in the novel, but it was ultimately cut from the film. Its presence is implied only twice: firstly, in the scene where Louis is walking through the woods at night and hears something large knock down a tree. Secondly, being when Jud first takes Louis up to the Indian burial ground. There is some kind of loud crash deep in the forest followed by a long, almost feminine howl. Jud says that "it's only a loon" but it's clear that he doesn't entirely believe it himself.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: In the German version, Gage's voice sounds like a 7-year-old child, but his laugh sounds like a baby / 1-year-old.See more »
Quotes:
Louis Creed:Has anyone ever buried a person up there?
Jud Crandall:Christ on his throne no. Who ever would?
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Soundtrack:
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10 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Sticks to the book, but loses A LOT, 23 August 2006
Author: BroadswordCallinDannyBoy from Boston, MA

Louis Creed and his family move into a new house in Maine when Louis gets a job as a doctor in a local school. They meet a kindly old man, Judd, living across the street from them, who tells them about a burial ground where kids bury their pets. However, when the family cat is hit by a truck, Louis doesn't want his daughter pained about the death of the cat she loves and Judd knows this, so he tales Louis beyond the 'Pet Sematary' to an old American Indian burial ground and miraculously the cat is revived, but it is not the same old friendly cat... and things get really bad when Louis baby boy is accidentally killed. He knows that reviving him won't bring the same boy back, but is it better than not having a son at all?

From the first scene right up to the last, this film sticks right with the book with literally no deviation. Not a surprise, since Stephen King himself wrote the screenplay and oversaw production. That makes a for a faithful adaptation that is pretty compelling, but those who read the book will see just how much better it is. Many anecdotes, supporting characters, and scenes have been chopped off. The overall tone is less tense and the dramatic elements seriously down played. While that pretty much comes standard with most book-to-screen adaptations, it is always annoying when the book is so freakin' good!

But overall this is a decent adaptation that still keeps certain strengths of its source. 6/10

Rated R: violence/gore

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