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Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers 

At the U.S. Dept. of Energy an unexplained event occurs. Then when a young Dungeons and Dragons playing boy named Will disappears after a night with his friends, his mother Joyce and the town of Hawkins are plunged into darkness.

Directors:

Matt Duffer (as The Duffer Brothers), Ross Duffer (as The Duffer Brothers)

Writers:

Matt Duffer (created by) (as The Duffer Brothers), Ross Duffer (created by) (as The Duffer Brothers) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Winona Ryder ... Joyce Byers
David Harbour ... Jim Hopper
Finn Wolfhard ... Mike Wheeler
Millie Bobby Brown ... Eleven
Gaten Matarazzo ... Dustin Henderson
Caleb McLaughlin ... Lucas Sinclair
Natalia Dyer ... Nancy Wheeler
Charlie Heaton ... Jonathan Byers
Cara Buono ... Karen Wheeler
Matthew Modine ... Dr. Martin Brenner
Joe Chrest ... Ted Wheeler
Joe Keery ... Steve Harrington
Rob Morgan ... Officer Powell
Ross Partridge ... Lonnie Byers (voice)
Shannon Purser ... Barbara Holland
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Storyline

Something crawls out from an underground lab in the quiet town of Hawkins and kidnaps a local child. The whole town and the child's friends embark in an adventure searching for him. A girl pursued by some shady agents will cross paths with the local kids. Written by kanedasajfar

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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 2016 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

When Winona Ryder's character Joyce calls the Wheeler's household looking for Will (Noah Schnapp), her son, the scene at the Wheeler's household with the whole family present at the round kitchen table is an homage to the movie Poltergeist (1982): the older teenager dark hair daughter, middle dark hair brother and youngest being a blond hair daughter. The parents' characters are very similar in physical appearance to Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams characters of Poltergeist. See more »

Goofs

When Hopper comes to talk to the boys, Dustin has headphones on for the HAM radio and takes them off. In the next shot, they are on his head again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mike Wheeler: [reading from the playbook] Something is coming. Something hungry for blood. A shadow grows on the wall behind you, swallowing you in darkness. It is almost here.
Will Byers: What is it?
Dustin Henderson: What if it's the Demogorgon? Oh, Jesus, we're so screwed if it's the Demogorgon.
Lucas Sinclair: It's not the Demogorgon.
Mike Wheeler: An army of *troglodytes* charge into the chamber!
[slams down a playing card]
Dustin Henderson: Troglodytes?
Lucas Sinclair: Told ya.
Mike Wheeler: Wait a minute. Did you hear that? That, that sound? Boom boom Boom!
[...]
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Connections

References The Goonies (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

She Has Funny Cars
Written by Jorma Kaukonen and Marty Balin
Performed by Jefferson Airplane
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Intriguing Beginning
28 December 2017 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

"Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers" is an intriguing beginning for the series "Stranger Things". Who the mysterious girl that escaped from the government lab is and what happened to the boy Will Byers so far are the greatest mysteries. Why the laboratory personal needs to kill the man that fed the girl is another question. There is a nostalgic return to the 80´s and a shallow teenage romance. The rest is the expectation that "Stranger Things" improve and live up to the IMDb User Rating. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers"


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