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Gremlins begins with inventor Rand Peltzer trying to find a quick gift for his son Billy before returning home from a New york trip. He settles on a unique pet in a Chinatown curio shop--a cute, furry creature known as a Mogwai. Before he leaves, he is warned by the shop's owner that three rules must be obeyed by a Mogwai owner: 1) Keep it away from bright light, 2) Don't get any water on it, and 3) Never, never ever feed it after midnight. Rand takes note of these rules and returns home with the Mogwai to his idyllic small-town home of Kingston Falls. Rand's gift is an instant hit: Billy loves his adorable new pet, naming it Gizmo and taking it everywhere he goes. Unfortunately, he and his friends also begin breaking the rules of Mogwai care. When water is accidentally spilled on Gizmo, it causes him to multiply and produce a number of mischievous little brothers. Among these is the mean-tempered Stripe. Soon enough, the new Mogwai get hold of some food after midnight and this causes them to change from cute fur-balls into nasty, scaly monsters dubbed 'Gremlins.'
Cute. Clever. Mischievous. Intelligent. Dangerous.
Release Date: June 08, 1984
Runtime: 106 mins
All Genres: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Languages: English, Spanish
Sound: 70 mm 6-Track, Dolby
IMDB Rating: 7.0
Buried.com Rating: 8 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With G
MPAA Rating: PG
Hoyt Axton ...Randall Peltzer
John Louie ...Chinese Boy
Keye Luke ...Grandfather (Mr. Wing)
Don Steele ...Rockin' Ricky Rialto (voice)
Susan Burgess ...Little Girl
Scott Brady ...Sheriff Frank
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
Belinda Balaski ...Mrs. Joe Harris
Daniel Llewelyn ...Hungry Harris Child
Edward Andrews ...Mr. Corben
Judge Reinhold ...Gerald Hopkins
Lois Foraker ...Bank teller
Chuck Jones ...Mr. Jones
Kenny Davis ...Dorry
Frances Lee McCain ...Lynn Peltzer
Glynn Turman ...Roy Hanson
Nicky Katt ...Schoolchild
Tracy Wells ...Schoolchild
John C. Becher ...Dr. Molinaro
Gwen Willson ...Mrs. Molinaro
Jackie Joseph ...Sheila Futterman
Jonathan Banks ...Deputy Brent
Joe Brooks ...Dave Meyers (Santa)
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Gremlins Horror Film Trailer 1
Gremlins Horror Film Trailer 2
"CHRISTMAS (BABY PLEASE COME HOME)"
"MAKE IT SHINE"
"DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR?"
More Movie Taglines:
- Cute. Clever. Mischievous. Intelligent. Dangerous.
- Cute. Clever. Mischievous. Intelligent. Dangerous. [Crossed Out] We're Here!
- What you see... isn't always what you get.
- The Gremlins Are Coming!
- Don't get him wet, keep him out of bright light, and never feed him after midnight.
- They didn't obey the rules
- We're Back! (1985 re-release)
- Deputy Brent: Let me drive. Sheriff Frank: No, you're drunk. Deputy Brent: You always get to drive. Sheriff Frank: That's cause I'm the sheriff, asshole.
Gizmo: Bye Billy.
[repeated line] Gizmo: Bright light. Bright light.
Stripe: Water... Gun.
Mr. Corben: What is that dog doing in here? Gerald: Peltzer, this is a bank, not a pet-store. Mr. Corben: Very good, Gerald. Gerald: Thank you, Mr. Corben.
- The idea for these creatures was born in a loft in Manhattan's garment district that was home to NYU Film School graduate screenwriter Chris Columbus. "By day, it was pleasant enough, but at night, what sounded like a platoon of mice would come out and to hear them skittering around in the blackness was really creepy." Columbus recalls.
Unbeknownst to Joe Dante and Michael Finnell, Steven Spielberg was a big fan of The Howling (1981). After he came across Chris Columbus' writing sample, he fell in love with it and bought it. Then he decided that Dante was the guy to make it into a movie, took the project to Warner Bros. and also produced it with his own company, Amblin Entertainment.
Originally planned and scheduled for a Christmas release, the film was rushed into production shortly after Warner Bros. found out that it had no major competition against Paramount's Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) or Columbia's Ghost Busters (1984) for the summer movie season.
Generally credited (along with Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)) to influence the MPAA to create the PG-13 rating, as many felt the scenes of violence in both movies were too much for a PG rating, but not enough for an R rating.
Chris Columbus' script went through a few drafts before a shooting script was finalized. His original version had the creatures killing the dog and cutting off the mom's head and tossing it down the stairs. These elements were never shot due to the fact that both, Joe Dante and Warner Bros. wanted the movie to be more family oriented.
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