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Poltergeist Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

With Poltergeist, directed by Tobe Hopper, Steven Spielberg had his first great success as a producer. Released around the same time as Spielberg's E.T., the film presents the dark side of Spielberg's California suburban track homes. The film centers on the Freeling family, a typical middle class family living in the peaceful Cuesta Verde Estates. The father, Steve (Craig T. Nelson), has fallen asleep in front of the television, and the dog saunters around the house revealing the other family members -- Steve's wife Diane (JoBeth Williams), sixteen-year-old daughter Dana (Dominique Dunne), eight-year-old son Robbie (Oliver Robins), and five-year-old Carol Ann (Heather O'Rourke). Soon strange things begin to happen around the house; the pet canary dies, mysterious storms occur, and Carol Ann is summoned to the TV set, where a strange shaft of green light hits her and causes the room to shake ("They're he-e-ere!"). As curious events continue, Carol Ann is repeatedly drawn to the television, where she begins to talk to "the TV people." Soon Carol Ann is sucked into a closet, disappearing from this reality plane. Unable to find his daughter, Steve consults Dr. Lesh (Beatrice Straight), a para-psychologist from a nearby college. Lesh finds that paranormal phenomena is so strong in the Freelong household she is unable to deal with it and sends for clairvoyant and professional exorcist Tangina (Zelda Rubinstein) to examine the house in hopes of finding Carol Ann. Tangina makes a horrifying discovery: Carol Ann is alive and in the house, but is being held on another spectral plane. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:September 16, 1982

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard Edlund Best Visual Effects 1982 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jerry Goldsmith Best Original Score 1982 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard L. Anderson Best Sound Effects 1982 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Stephen Flick Best Sound Effects 1982 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Bruce Nicholson Best Visual Effects 1982 Nominee

Cast

Craig T. Nelson
as Steve
JoBeth Williams
as Diane
Beatrice Straight
as Dr. Lesh
Dominique Dunne
as Dana
Oliver Robins
as Robbie
Heather O'Rourke
as Carol Anne
Zelda Rubinstein
as Tangina
Martin Casella
as Marty
Michael McManus
as Tuthill
Virginia Kiser
as Mrs. Tuthill
James Karen
as Teague
Jane Feinberg
Lou Perry
as Pugsley
Sonny Landham
as Pool Worker #2
Dirk Blocker
as Jeff Shaw
Mike Fenton
Allan Graf
as Neighbor
Robert Broyles
as Pool Worker #1
Jeff Bannister
Noel Conlon
as Husband

Crew

Tobe Hooper
Director
Steven Spielberg
Producer
Frank Marshall
Producer
Mark Victor
Screenwriter
Steven Spielberg
Screen Story
Steven Spielberg
Screenwriter
Michael Grais
Screenwriter
Matthew Leonetti
Cinematographer
Jerry Goldsmith
Composer (Music Score)
Michael Kahn
Editor
Bruce Green
Editor
James Spencer
Production Designer
Kathleen Kennedy
Associate Producer
Cheryal Kearney
Set Designer
Steve Maslow
Sound/Sound Designer
Pat Kehoe
First Assistant Director
George Wilbur
Stunts
Cindy Folkerson
Stunts
Felix Silla
Stunts
Bob Herron
Stunts
Donna Garrett
Stunts
Bob Yerkes
Stunts
Jane Feinberg
Casting
Mike Fenton
Casting
Dennis E. Jones
Production Manager
Marci Liroff
Casting
Dorothy Pearl
Makeup
Craig Reardon
Makeup Special Effects
Richard Edlund
Special Effects Supervisor
Richard L. Anderson
Supervising Sound Editor
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