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Poltergeist (1982)

PG | | Horror, Thriller | 4 June 1982 (USA)
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A family's home is haunted by a host of ghosts.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Steve Freeling
... Diane Freeling (as Jobeth Williams)
... Dr. Lesh
... Dana Freeling
... Robbie Freeling
... Carol Anne Freeling
... Ben Tuthill
... Mrs. Tuthill
Martin Casella ... Marty
... Ryan
... Tangina
... Mr. Teague
Lou Perryman ... Pugsley (as Lou Perry)
Clair E. Leucart ... Bulldozer Driver (as Clair Leucart)
... Jeff Shaw
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Storyline

A young family are visited by ghosts in their home. At first the ghosts appear friendly, moving objects around the house to the amusement of everyone, then they turn nasty and start to terrorise the family before they "kidnap" the youngest daughter. Written by Rob Hartill

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Horror | Thriller

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4 June 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Juegos diabólicos  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,896,612, 6 June 1982, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$76,606,280

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$123,606,280
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The children's bedroom is littered with Star Wars products. Among them are: A C-3PO light switch plate; three posters (Star Wars movie poster, Darth Vader poster, and C-3PO with R2-D2); a Empire Strikes Back blanket on Robbie's bed; a TIE fighter near the window; the 'Gun Turret & Probot play set' from the Empire Strikes Back, also near the window; a jacket with a picture of Chewbacca on the back, which Robbie tosses on the clown; a Tauntaun figure with Han Solo in Hoth gear, also from the Empire Strikes Back, behind Robbie's bed; a large Yoda figure; a Darth Vader action figures carrying case; and several action figures, including a Stormtrooper, Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader and R2-D2, also behind Robbie's bed. See more »

Goofs

While in his parents' room, Robbie discovers that Carol Ann's voice is coming from the TV and he is looking to his left to see the TV. However, when Diane enters the room, Robbie is looking to his right to see the TV. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Carol Anne Freeling: Hello? What do you look like? Talk louder, I can't hear you! Hey, hello! Hello, I can't hear you! Five. Yes. Yes. I don't know. I don't know.
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Soundtracks

The Clown / They're Here / Broken Glass / The Hole / TV People
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Strings Arranged by Chris Boardman and Mark Berrow
Written, Music and Performed by Jerry Goldsmith
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They're Here.
15 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

Truly spooky and disturbing horror film from the early-1980s that will make you jump from your seat. Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams seem to lead a normal life. He is a successful real estate agent and she is a loving housewife. They have three beautiful children, but one night all that slowly changes. The youngest child (Heather O'Rourke) starts talking to unseen spirits through a scrambled television station. The parents don't think much of it, until furniture starts to move on its own. However, the real terror does not start until O'Rourke is taken to another dimension by "the TV people". Now paranormalists led by Beatrice Straight must come in and try to get O'Rourke back to her family. Tobe Hooper, who is best known for the highly over-rated "Texas Chainsaw Massacre", does an admirable job here with the film's direction. However, it is rumored that Steven Spielberg came in during his "E.T" days and did the bulk of the work. This makes more sense as the film is really frightening and disturbing. The special effects are also impressive and "Poltergeist" ends up being one of those films that just sticks with you for a long time after you first see it. 4 stars out of 5.


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