A young man inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.

Director:

Joe Dante

Writer:

Chris Columbus
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hoyt Axton ... Randall Peltzer
John Louie ... Chinese Boy
Keye Luke ... Grandfather (Mr. Wing)
Don Steele ... Rockin' Ricky Rialto (voice)
Susan Burgess Susan Burgess ... Little Girl
Scott Brady ... Sheriff Frank
Arnie Moore Arnie Moore ... Alex
Corey Feldman ... Pete Fountaine
Harry Carey Jr. ... Mr. Anderson
Zach Galligan ... Billy Peltzer
Dick Miller ... Murray Futterman
Phoebe Cates ... Kate Beringer
Polly Holliday ... Ruby Deagle
Donald Elson ... Man on Street (as Don Elson)
Belinda Balaski ... Mrs. Joe Harris
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Storyline

Minature green monsters tear through the small town of Kingston Falls. Hijinks ensue as a mild-mannered bank teller releases these hideous loonies after gaining a new pet and violating two of three simple rules: No water (violated), no food after midnight (violated), and no bright light. Hilarious mayhem and destruction in a town straight out of Norman Rockwell. So, when your washing machine blows up or your TV goes on the fritz, before you call the repair man, turn on all the lights and look under all the beds. 'Cause you never can tell, there just might be a gremlin in your house. Written by Amazon

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Cute. Clever. Mischievous. Intelligent. Dangerous. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Near the beginning, as Randall Peltzer makes his way to the curio shop in Chinatown, a wrecked car is seen with the hood up and smoke coming out of it. That car is an AMC Gremlin. In real life, the AMC Gremlin logo (located on the gas cap) bore a striking resemblance to the Gremlins featured in this movie, except for a more grotesque, reptilian appearance. See more »

Goofs

When Billy walks through the town on his way to work, even though there is heavy snow in the town square, the hills behind the cinema have no snow on them. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Randall Peltzer: Friends, let me introduce myself. Peltzer's the name, Rand Peltzer. That's me on the corner. I'm an inventor. I have a story to tell. Yeah, I know. Who hasn't got a story? Well nobody's got a story like this one. Nobody. It all started here in Chinatown. I was hitting the shops, trying to move a little merchandise, maybe even find a present for my kid. I tried this one place.
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Crazy Credits

At the very end of the closing credits, once the theme has ended, you can hear the sounds of gremlins laughing. See more »

Alternate Versions

The special edition DVD contains the following deleted scenes:
  • Mr. Peltzer is looking in a store in Chinatown, with a shopkeeper who doesn't know a word of English, when he is greeted by the Chinese boy, who leads Mr. Peltzer to the boy's grandfather's shop.
  • Billy is lectured by his boss, Mr. Corben, for being 17 minutes late.
  • Billy looks at his drawings, for a comic strip, in his room.
  • Billy sees the reverend on the street. The reverend tries to give Billy his Christmas card, but he can't find it in his pile, so he just tells Billy he will mail it to him.
  • Kate shows Billy Mrs. Deagle's plans to sell their houses and build a Nuclear plant. They are then discovered by Gerald, who says he will let them out easy if Kate will go out with him. Kate refuses, and Gerald notes she is tough, just like him.
  • Stripe listens to a bunch of carolers, while hidden in the snow (actually, according to the commentary, he is singing along and making the carolers wonder who's off key, but there is no audio for Stripe).
  • Mr. Futterman tells his wife that Mrs. Deagle has closed down the noodle factory where he worked for good. His wife then reassures him that there is more to life than macaroni.
  • Billy and Kate find Mr. Corben with a clock smashed on his head. They then find Gerald in the vault. Billy tries to free Gerald, however Gerald thinks that Billy wants to free him just so Billy and Kate would get promotions (Gerald presumably would now have Mr. Corben's job). Billy then closes the vault and tells Kate that Gerald will be better off in there and they will come and get him later.
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Connections

Referenced in The 'Burbs (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
Written by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and Phil Spector
Performed by Darlene Love
Produced by Phil Spector
Courtesy of Phil Spector International
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Still a classic!
10 February 2020 | by paulclaassenSee all my reviews

Made in a time when they had to make use of practical effects instead of CGI, 'Gremlins' still holds very well by today's standards. It's hard to believe this film was made almost four decades ago!

The film is an interesting mix of comedy and horror. There are some really silly, illogical moments, but 'Gremlins' is not to be taken too seriously. You might sit shaking your head wondering why the creatures would do the silly things they do, but hey, it's all in the name of fun, right? Since these are also fictional creatures, who's to say what they are capable of and what their behavior should be?

Towards the end all hell breaks loose, and some scenes are disgusting (in a comedy-horror good way), and it's wonderful! The film has a good, fairly suspenseful, action-packed final act.


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

8 June 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gremlins See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,511,634, 10 June 1984

Gross USA:

$153,378,102

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$153,633,143
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70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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