Poltergeist
Country of Origin: United States
Production year: 1982
Director: Tobe Hooper
Rating: Rating
UPC [Locale]: 027616-603999
Running time: 1:54 (114 Min.)
Casetype: Snapper
Format: NTSC, 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, Pan & Scan
DVD-Format: Double-Sided, Single-Layered
Released: April 08, 1997
Collection type: Owned (#1103)
Status: Available
Purchase date: May 14, 2005
Purchase price: Hidden
Review (movie): 9 / 10
Review (video): 5 / 10
Overview
Director Tobe Hooper joins forces with Oscar® winner Steven Spielberg* and special effects master George Lucas (Star Wars) to create an extraordinary, ultra-fantastic excursion into the supernatural. A high-voltage spectacle boasting "dazzling special effects" (Leonard Maltin) and "impeccable technology" (Roger Ebert), Poltergeist is a must-see horror classic and a "superior, spectacular ghost story" (Newsweek).

Life is very pleasant for the close-knit Freeling family until a host of otherworldy forces invades their peaceful suburban home. It starts with just an odd occurence or two, but soon their house is transformed into a swirling supernatural sideshow. The forces at work are anything but friendly, and if the luck-less Freelings don't clear out soon, they'll all be swept off into nightmarish chaos!

Starring Craig T. Nelson ("Coach") and JoBeth Williams (The Big Chill), Poltergeist is astounding and absorbing, yet laced with humor and warmth. It is "a work of art...full of spine-snapping chills!" (Time).

*Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award (1986); Best Director, Schindler's List (1993); Best Picture (Producer), Schindler's List (1993)
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Genres
Horror
Suspense/Thriller
Studios
Production Studios:
 • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
 • Lucasfilm
 • MGM Home Entertainment
Audio format
English  Dolby Digital 5.1
French  Dolby Digital Surround
Spanish  Dolby Digital Surround
Subtitles
English
French
Spanish
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Discs
# Description A B DS DL A DL B
1Main Feature
Features
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 • Feature Trailers
 • Closed Captioned
Crew
Direction
Tobe Hooper....Director
Writing
Steven Spielberg....Screenwriter
Michael Grais....Screenwriter
Mark Victor....Screenwriter
Steven Spielberg....Original Material By
Production
Steven Spielberg....Producer
Frank Marshall....Producer
Cinematography
Matthew F. Leonetti....Director of Photography
Film Editing
Michael Kahn....Film Editor
Music
Jerry Goldsmith....Composer
Sound
Art Rochester....Production Sound Mixer
Stephen Hunter Flick....Supervising Sound Editor
Richard L. Anderson....Supervising Sound Editor
Bill Varney....Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Steve Maslow....Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Kevin O'Connell....Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Art
James H. Spencer....Production Designer
Cast
Craig T. Nelson....Steve Freeling
JoBeth Williams....Diane Freeling
Beatrice Straight....Dr. Lesh
Dominique Dunne....Dana Freeling
Oliver Robins....Robbie Freeling
Heather O'Rourke....Carol Anne Freeling
Michael McManus....Ben Tuthill
Virginia Kiser....Mrs. Tuthill
Martin Casella....Marty
Richard Lawson....Ryan
Zelda Rubinstein....Tangina
Lou Perry....Pugsley
Clair Leucart....Bulldozer Driver
James Karen....Mr. Teague
Dirk Blocker....Jeff Shaw
Allan Graff....Sam
Joseph R. Walsh....Joey
Helen Baron....Woman Buyer
Noel Conlon....Husband
Robert Broyles....Pool Worker #1
Sonny Landham....Pool Worker #2
William Vail....Implosion Man
Jeffrey Bannister....Implosion Man
Phil Stone....Football Announcer
Craig Simmons....Implosion Man (uncredited)