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Happy Birthday to Me (1981)

At the snobby Crawford Academy, Virginia's group of friends start to go missing years after horrible events that happened to her as a child around her birthday.

Director:

J. Lee Thompson

Writers:

John C.W. Saxton (screenplay) (as John Saxton), Peter Jobin (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melissa Sue Anderson ... Virginia Wainwright
Glenn Ford ... Dr. David Faraday
Lawrence Dane ... Hal Wainwright
Sharon Acker ... Estelle Wainwright
Frances Hyland ... Mrs. Patterson
Tracey E. Bregman ... Ann Thomerson (as Tracey Bregman)
Jack Blum ... Alfred Morris
Matt Craven ... Steve Maxwell
Lenore Zann ... Maggie
David Eisner David Eisner ... Rudi
Lisa Langlois ... Amelia
Michel-René Labelle Michel-René Labelle ... Etienne Vercures (as Michel Rene Labelle)
Richard Rebiere Richard Rebiere ... Greg Hellman
Lesleh Donaldson ... Bernadette O'Hara
Earl Pennington Earl Pennington ... Lieutenant Tracy
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Storyline

Virginia Wainwright is a spirited young woman who has returned to a private school having survived a deadly accident and regenerative brain surgery. She is proud that she belongs to the Top Ten - the school's inner circle with the best students - and attempts to resume a normal life. But her friends are falling prey to a grueling series of murders, and soon there will be no one left to attend her 18th birthday party. Could it be her? Striving to rekindle the memory of her nightmarish accident, Virginia suffers from memory loss and traumatic blackouts. We soon learn the horrible truth behind her accident and what is going on before her birthday party... Written by Joseph Henson <gzr@cdc.net>

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Taglines:

John will never eat shish kebab again. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ab in die Ewigkeit See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD3,500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This is the only slasher film that J. Lee Thompson directed, though he did direct a number of 18+ certificate-rated pictures. Thompson directed two other horror films: Eye of the Devil (1967) and The Reincarnation of Peter Proud (1975). See more »

Goofs

When Ginny is in her bedroom, she picks up a tape and her books fall down in a pile. After she changes into her robe and walks to the bathroom, the position of the pile has changed. When she then proceeds to slam her window shut we then see the pile of books once again, which are now not a pile but are stacked up neatly in rows, and there are many more books in the stack as well. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mrs. Patterson: [to her attacking dog] Winston! Winston! Winston, just stop it, bad boy. Sit down. Sit!
Bernadette O'Hara: Oh, Mrs. Patterson.
Mrs. Patterson: Bernadette O'Hara, do you have any idea what time it is? Where are you going?
Bernadette O'Hara: Well, I, I was just going up to the village to meet some of the kids at the inn.
Mrs. Patterson: You mean the second home for the Crawford top 10, don't you?
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Alternate Versions

The 1986 RCA/Columbia VHS release features the original print. The 2004 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment DVD (with the "birthday girl" cover) uses a print with library music tracks and some differences in sound editing (possibly a temp soundtrack from the original production), though the closing Syreeta song is intact. The 2009 Anchor Bay/Starz Home Entertainment DVD (with the "shish kebab guy" cover) has the theatrical soundtrack, as does the Blu-ray from Mill Creek. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Video Nasties: Draconian Days (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday
(uncredited)
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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User Reviews

 
The Birthday Party
25 December 2014 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The teenager Virginia Wainwright (Melissa Sue Anderson) studies in the traditional Crawford Academy and belongs to a group of wealthy friends named The Top Ten. Virginia had a serious car accident a couple of years ago where her mother died. Now she lives with her father and is psychologically treated by the prominent Dr. David Faraday (Glenn Ford). She has also frequent blackouts but she is slowly recovering her memory. When one by one of her friends are murdered and disappears, Virginia starts to believe that she is the killer, but Dr. Faraday does not think so. Who might be the serial-killer?

"Happy Birthday to Me" is a creepy slasher with a good story with many twists. When it seems to have disclosed the killer and the motive, there is one last unexpected twist that surprises the viewer. The conclusion is extremely dark and makes this movie one of the best in the genre. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Feliz Aniversário para Mim" ("Happy Birthday to Me")


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