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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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Don't get him wet, keep him out of bright light, and never feed him after midnight. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

Certificate:

AL | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

13 December 1984 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Gremlini 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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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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Trivia

Deleted scenes reveal that Mrs. Deagle (Polly Holliday) was forcing people out of their houses to put down a strip mall, effectively destroying Kingston Falls. In the novelization, she was selling their land to chemical company Hitox. See more »

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In the wide shot after the title "Gremlins" comes up, on the left of the screen you can see a bench with a snowman behind it and no-one is sitting on the bench. In the next shot, two kids are on the bench. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Jones: [seeing a picture of Ruby Deagle Billy had drawn] The old bat never looked better.
Mr. Jones: It's great. You're doing fine.
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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

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Referenced in The Simpsons: Bart Has Two Mommies (2006) See more »

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Make it Shine
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Provided courtesy of Geffen Records
Written by Marv Ross (uncredited)
Produced by John Boylan (uncredited)
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An Honest Review
5 April 2017 | by generationofswineSee all my reviews

If it can be old and you don't judge it on age...you will like this movie.

If you don't care that the movie doesn't take itself seriously...you will like this movie.

And if your body has aged but your soul has not...you will like this movie.

Like "The Goonies," The other Columbus/Spielberg collaboration there is a very clear lines are drawn in the sand.

"/" Marks the divide between the folks that loved it as kids and still love it because it is a fun movie that doesn't take itself seriously..."/"...and the folks who, as adults, don't seem to care for anything that isn't serious. You know, the folks who will ONLY watch a comedy if it is done by Wes Anderson or is muted and dramatic.

And that is fine, it's just a shame they lost all sense of childhood fun and adventure. You know, the folks that can't get excited about building pillow forts with their kids anymore.

"/" Also marks the divide between '80s kids and adults that assume anything more serious than "paw patrol" will mortify a child under 16.

And they are forgetting that, when they were kids, their folks took them to see "Robocop" and "Nightmare on Elm Street" and "The Goonies" and "Gremlins" on the big screen and they were NOT traumatized for life by them.

You know, idiots that forget that children are humans too. Not as developed, but certainly not butterflies.

And the last "/" line in the sand divides the folks that care about how long ago the '80s were and want everything made 5 seconds ago...and the folks that can still watch "A Christmas Story" and not feel that it needs to be updated, remade, and rebooted to reflect the style and technology of 2017.


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