Craig T. Nelson
Director: Tobe Hooper Cast: Craig T. Nelson
Craig T. Nelson
, JoBeth Williams
JoBeth Williams
, Beatrice Straight
Beatrice Straight
Tobe Hooper

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/09/2007
UPC: 0012569647510
Original Release: 1982
Rating: PG
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Letterbox, Color]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:54:00
Sales rank: 107

Special Features

They Are Here: The Real World of Poltergeists Revealed documentary in 2 parts: Science of the Spirits and Communing With the Dead; Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby 2.0; Languages: English, Français, Español, Português & Chinese; (Main feature. Bonus material may not be subtitled)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Craig T. Nelson Steve
JoBeth Williams Diane
Beatrice Straight Dr. Lesh
Dominique Dunne Dana
Oliver Robins Robbie
Heather O'Rourke Carol Anne
Zelda Rubinstein Tangina
Martin Casella Marty
Richard Lawson Ryan
Michael McManus Tuthill
Virginia Kiser Mrs. Tuthill
James Karen Teague
Jane Feinberg Actor
Mike Fenton Actor
Clair E. Leucart Actor
Jeff Bannister Actor
Lou Perry Pugsley
Dirk Blocker Jeff Shaw
Allan Graf Neighbor
Joseph Walsh Neighbor
Noel Conlon Husband
Robert Broyles Pool Worker #1
Sonny Landham Pool Worker #2
William Vail Implosion Man
Philip Stone Football Announcer

Technical Credits
Tobe Hooper Director
Richard Edlund Special Effects Supervisor
Jane Feinberg Casting
Mike Fenton Casting
Cindy Folkerson Stunts
Donna Garrett Stunts
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Michael Grais Screenwriter
Bruce Green Editor
Edward S. Haworth Production Designer
Bob Herron Stunts
Dennis E. Jones Production Manager
Michael Kahn Editor
Cheryal Kearney Set Decoration/Design
Pat Kehoe Asst. Director
Kathleen Kennedy Associate Producer
Ann Lambert Costumes/Costume Designer
Matthew Leonetti Cinematographer
Marci Liroff Casting
Frank Marshall Producer
Steve Maslow Sound/Sound Designer
L.J. Mower Costumes/Costume Designer
Dorothy Pearl Makeup
Craig Reardon Makeup Special Effects
Art Rochester Sound/Sound Designer
Felix Silla Stunts
James Spencer Production Designer
Steven Spielberg Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Mark Victor Screenwriter
Chuck Waters Stunts
George Wilbur Stunts
Bob Yerkes Stunts

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Poltergeist
1. Late-Night Talk [4:36]
2. Credits [2:21]
3. Remotes and Rituals [4:44]
4. Bedtime Joint Time [4:59]
5. Storm Jitters [4:40]
6. They're Here [3:08]
7. TV People [4:09]
8. Moving Objects [5:30]
9. Robbie vs. the Tree [3:01]
10. Taking Carol Anne [5:30]
11. Spinning Room [2:59]
12. Calling Carol Anne [4:39]
13. She Just Moved Through Me [3:09]
14. The Light [6:10]
15. Marty's Midnight Snack [:24]
16. Night Visitors [3:02]
17. Departures [4:11]
18. Expansion Plots [3:49]
19. Enter Tangina [2:57]
20. Window to the Next Plane [2:29]
21. Run to the Light [5:20]
22. Rope Across Dimensions [2:55]
23. Reunion [4:09]
24. Moving Day [3:57]
25. Bath and Bedtime [2:33]
26. The Clown and the Beast [3:18]
27. From Evil's Grasp [3:21]
28. You Left the Bodies [3:29]
29. Escapees From Implosion [1:50]
30. End Credits [2:02]

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