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Friday the 13th (1980)

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A group of camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp which, years before, was the site of a child's drowning.

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Sean S. Cunningham

Writer:

Victor Miller
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Betsy Palmer ... Mrs. Voorhees
Adrienne King ... Alice
Jeannine Taylor ... Marcie
Robbi Morgan ... Annie
Kevin Bacon ... Jack
Harry Crosby ... Bill
Laurie Bartram ... Brenda
Mark Nelson ... Ned
Peter Brouwer ... Steve Christy
Rex Everhart ... The Truck Driver
Ronn Carroll ... Sgt. Tierney
Ron Millkie ... Officer Dorf
Walt Gorney ... Crazy Ralph
Willie Adams ... Barry
Debra S. Hayes ... Claudette
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Storyline

One summer at Camp Crystal Lake, a group of young counselors begin to get ready to lead campers. Unfortunately for the former, someone isn't happy about what's going on in the camp and enjoys playing kill the counselor. As bodies fall to the ground in the camp, no one is safe. Written by FilmFanUK

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Long Night at Camp Blood See more »

Filming Locations:

New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$550,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,816,321, 11 May 1980

Gross USA:

$39,754,601

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$59,754,601
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Sound Mix:

Mono | Dolby (DVD re-release)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Screenwriter Victor Miller's one BIG gripe he has told interviewers over the years (Crystal Lake Memories book) & documentary interviews (His Name Was Jason) was that the patrolman motorcycle cop that shows up before the midway point was NEVER in any draft of his. Either original drafts ("Long Night At Camp Blood") or his four re-writes. The "bumbling lame older cop" gentleman (Ron Millkie as Officer Dorf) was an inclusion of an uncredited re-write from screenwriter Ron Kurz whom also wrote Friday the 13th Part 2. Victor has objected to it over all these years as he initially wanted Camp Crystal Lake to be a very rural & isolated location, cut off from the main roads. Also to have the teenagers/early 20somethings to be "outside the help of formal authority", giving the audience the feeling that no one could "come & save them". That was his only gripe or real concern of the finished film. Nothing else major. See more »

Goofs

(at around 40 mins) When Brenda rolls the dice to start the strip Monopoly game, she says she rolls double sixes and gets to roll again, but you can clearly see the 1 and 2 she actually rolled. See more »

Quotes

Brenda: Ah hum, hey... I know what we can do. We're gonna play Monopoly...
Alice: I hate Monopoly!
Brenda: Not the way I play it , you don't.
Bill: What?
Brenda: We're going to play Strip Monopoly. I'll be the shoe.
Alice: You have got to be kidding.
Bill: What if Steve walks in?
Brenda: Uh, we'll give him a handicap:: he can keep his boots on; everything else goes. Now it's easy: instead of paying rent, you pay clothes. Bill can be Banker... Unless, of course he's chicken.
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We see giant letters proclaiming 'Friday the 13th' moving towards the screen and crashing into and smashing a pane of glass. See more »

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Japanese laser-disc version features the original effects that were cut in other releases. See more »

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The start of a new generation in horror film-making!
26 November 2003 | by Captain_CouthSee all my reviews

Friday the 13th (1980) kicked started the early 80's slasher film phenomenon that was ignited by Halloween (1978) but fueled intensely by this reworking of the Mario Bava classic "Twitch of the Death Nerve". Once Friday the 13th was released, there was no turning back. The slasher film was part of the American horror film genre and it would remain that way for years to come. A film that launched countless knock-offs, wannabes, sequels and a t.v. series?! Camp Crystal Lake and the Friday the 13th film franchise are a part of Americana. The film is merely a stage for the splatter effects of F/X maestro Tom Savini. They were later toned down for it's American release and were softened even further during it's video release.

The movie itself isn't that great. Technically it's boring. To get the most out of the film you have to watch it uncut. Friday the 13th was designed around Savini's gory set pieces. Watching them with out it is like drinking a mayonnaise soda. I encourage you to seek out the uncut version of this film. Recommended.

A (uncut)

D (American version)


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