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Spontaneous Combustion ()


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A young man finds out that his parents had been used in an atomic-weapons experiment shortly before he was born, and that the results have had some unexpected effects on him.

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Sam
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Lisa Wilcox
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Dr. Marsh
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Lew Orlander
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Nina
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Rachel
Tegan West ...
Springer
Michael Keys Hall ...
Dr. Cagney
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General
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Lt. General
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Dr. Persons
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Peggy Bell
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Brian Bell
Frank Whiteman ...
Young Orlander
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Student Director
Judy Behr ...
School Nurse
Betsy Thomas ...
Nurse at Hospital
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Radio Technician
Jaime Alba ...
Walter (as Jamie Alba)
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Dr. Simpson
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Mr. Fitzpatrick (as Richard Warlock)
Judith Jones ...
Jennifer
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Scientist (as Bill Forward)
Ron Blair ...
Maitre 'D
Mimi Wearn ...
Vicky
Sandy Ignon ...
Doctor in 50's
Nick Gambella ...
Student in Theater
Patricia Gallagher Layton ...
Maid
Barbara Leary ...
Amy Whitaker
Paul Barresi ...
Hospital Guard
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Preacher on Radio
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Cigar Smoking Diner Patron
Patrick Brock ...
Paramedic (uncredited)
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Vandenmeer (uncredited)
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Military Dancer / Hostess (uncredited)

Directed by

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Tobe Hooper

Written by

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Tobe Hooper ... (story)
 
Tobe Hooper ... (screenplay) and
Howard Goldberg ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Henry Bushkin ... executive producer
Sanford Hampton ... associate producer
Jerry Lambert ... co-producer (as Jerrold W. Lambert)
Jim Rogers ... producer
Arthur M. Sarkissian ... executive producer

Music by

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Graeme Revell

Cinematography by

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Levie Isaacks

Film Editing by

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David Kern

Editorial Department

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Syd Cole ... negative cutter
Jeff Smithwick ... color timer

Casting By

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Carol Lewis

Production Design by

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Gene Abel

Art Direction by

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Richard N. McGuire ... (uncredited)

Set Decoration by

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Ann Job

Costume Design by

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Carin Hooper

Makeup Department

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William Tony Hooper ... makeup effects (as Tony Hooper)
Michael R. Jones ... special makeup effects artist
Eric H. Lasher ... special makeup effects artist
Kerry Mendenhall ... head hair stylist
Bill Miller-Jones ... makeup artist
Steve Neill ... special makeup effects
Doreen F. Schultz ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Sanford Hampton ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Stephen David Brooks ... second unit director
Michael Looney ... second assistant director
Robinson Miller ... second second assistant director
Paul Moen ... first assistant director
Kristi 'Kat' Morias ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Blake Beltram ... carpenter
Frank Bertolino ... property master
John Garrett ... swing
Richard G. Huston ... scenic artist
Bill H. Roberts Jr. ... property master
Christine H. Scott ... set dresser
Lance Simco ... supervising scenic artist
Robert A. Sturtevant ... lead propmaker
John Eaves ... storyboard artist (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Kelly Cabral ... sound editor
Patrick Cabral ... foley artist
Tim Chilton ... foley artist
Craig Felburg ... sound mixer
Cameron Hamza ... sound mixer
Stanley Kastner ... re-recording mixer
Don MacDougall ... re-recording mixer
Ken Stephens ... boom operator
Christopher M. Taylor ... boom operator (as Christopher Taylor)

Special Effects by

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William Tony Hooper ... special mechanical effects (as Tony Hooper)
Eric H. Lasher ... special effects

Visual Effects by

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Stephen David Brooks ... optical and visual effects supervisor (as Stephen Brooks)
Clint Colver ... animation supervisor
Roger Dorney ... post-production optical supervisor
John Dykstra ... special effects consultant
William Tony Hooper ... optical fire effects (as Tony Hooper)
Michael Douglas Middleton ... visual effects optical still photographer
Joseph Yanuzzi ... optical effects editor

Stunts

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Rick Barker ... stunt coordinator: second unit
Monty Cox ... stunts
Glory Fioramonti ... stunts
Greg Gault ... stunt coordinator: first unit
Paula Marie Moody ... stunts (as Paula Moody)
Don Pike ... stunts
Pat Romano ... stunts
Debby Lynn Ross ... stunts (as Debbie Ross)
Dick Warlock ... stunts (as Richard Warlock)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Brian Bernstein ... second assistant camera
Molly Cheshire ... best boy electric
Richard Crompton ... dolly grip
Dana Gonzales ... first assistant camera
Todd Griffith ... key grip
David Hayball ... gaffer
William K. Koski ... electrician
Eric H. Lasher ... still photographer
Michael Lund ... second assistant camera
John Nuler ... Steadicam operator
Monica Schad ... assistant camera (as Monica Carey)
Mónica Silvera ... clapper loader
Monty Spillers ... best boy grip

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Julia Gombert ... costume supervisor

Location Management

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Seth Cirker ... location manager

Music Department

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Dick Bernstein ... music editor

Script and Continuity Department

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Nancy Karlin ... script supervisor
Jeanne Talbot ... additional script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Herman Hadler ... picture cars
Lawrence Morgan ... transportation coordinator

Other crew

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Rita Marie Bartlett ... production assistant
Stan Giesea ... journalist
Rochell Linker Goodrich ... production coordinator
Nan Herst ... unit publicist
Marc Kunis ... production accountant
Zachary Selig ... consultant: paranormal phenomena

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Storyline

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Also Known As
  • Combustión espontánea (Spain)
  • Fire Syndrome (West Germany)
  • Combustión espontánea (Argentina)
  • Combustão Espontânea (Portugal)
  • Combustión espontánea (Venezuela)
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Runtime
  • 97 min
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Budget $5,500,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $50,367, 01 Mar 1990

Did You Know?

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Trivia (Director Cameo) Tobe Hooper: man with his back to the camera, lighting a cigar, when Sam enters the rest room at the restaurant. See more »
Goofs The position of the syringe stuck in Lisa, changes. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Spontaneous Combustion (2009). See more »
Soundtracks I DON'T WANT TO SET THE WORLD ON FIRE See more »

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