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Gremlins (1984)

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

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Joe Dante

Writer:

Chris Columbus
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Cast

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 ahmetkozan

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We're Back! (1985 re-release) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

8 June 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gremlins See more »

Filming Locations:

Universal City, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,511,000, 10 June 1984, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$148,170,000
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The two swords seen hanging on Peltzer's wall appear to be the same props used in the climactic battle between Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Angel (David Boreanaz) in the season two finale of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996). See more »

Goofs

Just before Pete cuts the line of Christmas lights, the Sheriff closes the window of the police car (in order to keep a gremlin out). The window is alternately open/closed in subsequent shots. See more »

Quotes

Gerald Hopkins: If it isn't Captain Clip-On. Guess who almost signed for unemployment today?
Billy Peltzer: I give up.
Gerald Hopkins: You... But Mr. Corben had second thoughts. He gets so sentimental around the holidays.
Billy Peltzer: Imagine that.
Gerald Hopkins: If it was up to me, I would have fired you in a second.
Billy Peltzer: Well, a Merry Christmas to you too.
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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

Spoofs E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) 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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Best of the small creature attack movies.
7 April 2003 | by Aaron1375See all my reviews

After this movie there were several other movies that tried to capitalize on the success of this movie. For the most part though they failed to live up to the energy and fun of this movie. Heck, not even the sequel of this one had the energy of this movie. Here we have a guy getting a pet as an early xmas gift, a cute creature called a Mogway. It however, does have a few problems, as it needs special care. One thing you can't do to it is get it wet. Well Billy does (that is the guy who got it). This breeds more of the little critters, and they are harmless enough at first as well. Then they are fed after midnight and this turns them into Gremlins. This new form is a beer drinking, candy eating, mischief machine that isn't above killing. Most of the original batch is killed off in a gruesome kitchen scene, but the leader, Stripe, gets away and dives into a ycma swimming pool, so the whole town gets overrun by the little monsters. This movie is very funny and enjoyable to watch. Even though the Gremlins do kill, this movie never gets as dark as some of the copycats, or too goofy like some of them do. It ends up being a well-made movie that is fun to watch.


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