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The Hunger (1983)

R | | Drama, Horror | 29 April 1983 (USA)
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A love triangle develops between a beautiful yet dangerous vampire, her cellist companion, and a gerontologist.

Director:

Tony Scott

Writers:

Ivan Davis (screenplay), Michael Thomas (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Deneuve ... Miriam
David Bowie ... John
Susan Sarandon ... Sarah Roberts
Cliff De Young ... Tom Haver
Beth Ehlers Beth Ehlers ... Alice Cavender
Dan Hedaya ... Lieutenant Allegrezza
Rufus Collins ... Charlie Humphries
Suzanne Bertish ... Phyllis
James Aubrey ... Ron
Ann Magnuson ... Young Woman from Disco
John Stephen Hill John Stephen Hill ... Young Man from Disco
Shane Rimmer ... Arthur Jelinek
Bauhaus ... Disco Group
Douglas Lambert Douglas Lambert ... TV Host
Bessie Love ... Lillybelle
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The Egyptian vampire lady Miriam subsists upon the blood of her lovers. In return the guys or girls don't age until Miriam has had enough of them. Unfortunately that's currently the case with John, so his life expectancy is less than 24 hours. Desperately he seeks help from, the famous, Dr. Sarah Roberts. She doesn't really believe his story, but becomes curious and contacts Miriam . . . and gets caught in her spell, too. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Taglines:

Nothing Human Loves Forever

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Drama | Horror

Certificate:

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Trivia

Catherine Deneuve's character Miriam Blaylock was literally a French Vampire in America [See: Innocent Blood (1992)]. See more »

Goofs

During the quick cuts when John attacks Alice, blood splashes on the sheet music. A few cuts later, the music stand is kicked to the floor, and the open pages are now blood-free. The unstained pages are seen again at the end of the sequence (in a fade effect that reinstates their blood stains). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
John Blaylock: No ice.
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Crazy Credits

Ironically, in the credits Willem Dafoe is identified as "2nd Phone Booth Youth"; whereas, he is the first "Phone Booth Youth" to be seen and speak in the Phone Booth scene. Likewise, John Pankow is noted in the credits as "1st Phone Booth Youth"; whereas, he is actually the second "Phone Booth Youth" to be seen and say his lines. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Night People (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Bela Lugosi Is Dead
(uncredited)
Written by Bauhaus
Performed by Bauhaus
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Cult classic for All 80's Goth's
19 November 2019 | by ala-49478See all my reviews

I watched the Hunger in my teens as a young punk in the 80's. Honestly, back then the fact that Bowie, Peter Murphy and vampire lesbianism was in it made it a 'cool' movie.. flash forward to me now and it's nostalgic 80's with lots of bad makeup and a sub par plot. The lighting effects in the movie annoy me as they use a lot of shadows and dim lighting with blurred backgrounds and points of bright lights. I feel like I need to squint while watching it. Anyway the acting is good and the story is good (never read the book). Do you want to live forever? Do you like vampires, do you like over the top 1980's style ? If so then it's worth the watch.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 1983 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,832,898, 1 May 1983

Gross USA:

$5,979,292

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,988,322
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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