A love triangle develops between a beautiful yet dangerous vampire, her cellist companion, and a gerontologist.


Tony Scott


James Costigan (screenplay) (as Ivan Davis), 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 ... 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


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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Nothing Human Loves Forever


Drama | Horror


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Did You Know?


Actress Susan Sarandon previously starred in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) whilst Cliff De Young, her co-star in The Hunger (1983), previously starred in its sequel Shock Treatment (1981). See more »


During the "Flower Duet" scene, Sarah spills what looks like red wine on her blouse, but she was sipping from a glass that contained a whiskey-colored liquid. See more »


[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 »


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Lakmé: The Flower Duet
(Act 2, No 2 Duetto: Viens, Malika... Sous le dôme épais où le blanc jasmin)
Music by Léo Delibes
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Stylish but empty MTV visuals from Tony Scott. Imagine an hour and a half long Ultravox video...
3 August 2003 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

'The Hunger' has aged badly. This is one of Tony Scott's earliest movies, and he is a director who has plenty of visual flair but is only as good as the script he is given. In most cases the scripts he works with stink (notable exception: 'True Romance'), and 'The Hunger' has about twenty minutes of plot dragged out over an hour and a half. It's shot and edited in an early 80s music video style which was seen as innovative at the time, but now just looks plain silly. All the smoke and "beautiful people" and billowing silk around the bed, I almost thought I was watching an Ultravox video. I kept listening to hear Midge Ure wail "this meeeeeans nothing to me!" followed by a bitchen electric violin solo. The opening sequence which features Bauhaus performing 'Bela Lugosi's Dead' is pretty entertaining in a kitschy way, and Bowie is actually quite good (his sequences are easily the best parts of the movie), but Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon are required to do very little but some rolling around on a bed, and it isn't even sexy. If lesbian vampire movies are your thing I suggest you check out Hammer's 'The Vampire Lovers' or Jess Franco's 'Vampyros Lesbos' from the early 1970s for something really hot. Goths who are content to make do with style over substance might enjoy this, but otherwise try some Jean Rollin for some genuinely erotic and creepy vampire frolics.

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Release Date:

29 April 1983 (USA) See more »

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$1,832,898, 1 May 1983

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