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PG| 1 hr. 54 min.

Plot Summary
Strange and creepy happenings beset an average California family, the Freelings -- Steve (Craig T. Nelson), Diane (JoBeth Williams), teenaged Dana (Dominique Dunne), eight-year-old Robbie (Oliver Robins), and five-year-old Carol Ann (Heather O'Rourke) -- when ghosts commune with them through the television set. Initially friendly and playful, the spirits turn unexpectedly menacing, and, when Carol Ann goes missing, Steve and Diane turn to a parapsychologist and eventually an exorcist for help.

Cast: Craig T. Nelson , JoBeth Williams , Beatrice Straight , Dominique Dunne , Oliver Robins , Heather O'Rourke , Zelda Rubinstein , Martin Casella

Directors: Tobe Hooper , Steven Spielberg

Genres: Horror, Thriller

Distributor: Metro Goldwyn Mayer

Poltergeist (1982)

Release Date: June 4th, 1982|1 hr. 54 min.

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  • Poltergiest is no nonstop scream express; at times it pulls its punches (Spielberg wants that PG rating), and at times its effects are bigger than life and less than terrifying. But like Spielberg's Jaws, which was a perfect genre movie, Poltergeist does what it's supposed to do about as well as it can be done. show more

  • Poltergeist's most canny conceit is how it takes the concept of a haunted house—up to that point a gothic, remote icon (you practically had to accept a dare and then drive halfway across the state to ever find yourself in one)—and plops it in the middle of the most mundane of all possible locations: American suburbia. show more

  • Poltergeist is an effective thriller, not so much because of the special effects, as because Hooper and Spielberg have tried to see the movie's strange events through the eyes of the family members, instead of just standing back and letting the special effects overwhelm the cast along with the audience. show more

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  • February 28, 2009 Sugamammasheree
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    this is one of the older greats that should be entertaining carrie and so forth. very entertaining,amusing without too much blood and gore,nice plot and the characters were great. rumor has it the small blonde girl fatally died after the movie,but i pray that is just an rumor. but this is one you definately should have trust me.!

  • July 19, 2008 Aikensims
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    It was a really great movie.great horror should watch it. you won't regret it.heather was great in it.

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