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Director: Joe Dante, Zach Galligan, Hoyt Axton, Frances Lee McCain

Cast: Joe Dante, Zach Galligan, Hoyt Axton, Frances Lee McCain


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"Don't expose him to bright light. Don't ever get him wet. And don't ever, ever feed him after midnight." This sage advice is ignored midway through Gremlins, with devastating results. This comic Joe Dante effort is set in a Norman Rockwell-esque small town at Christmastime. Seeking a unique gift for his son an erstwhile inventor (Hoyt Axton) purchases a cute,


"Don't expose him to bright light. Don't ever get him wet. And don't ever, ever feed him after midnight." This sage advice is ignored midway through Gremlins, with devastating results. This comic Joe Dante effort is set in a Norman Rockwell-esque small town at Christmastime. Seeking a unique gift for his son an erstwhile inventor (Hoyt Axton) purchases a cute, fuzzy little "Mogwai" from a Chinatown shopkeeper's (Keye Luke) grandson (John Louie), who dispenses the above-mentioned warning before closing the deal. Meanwhile, young bank clerk Billy Peltzer (Zach Galligan) must suffer such antagonists as rich-bitch Mrs. Deagle (Polly Holliday) and priggish Gerald (Judge Reinhold) while pursuing his romance with Kate (Phoebe Cates). These and a variety of other plot strands are tied together when the lovable mogwai (named Gizmo) is exposed to bright light and gotten wet. In short order, the town is invaded by nasty, predatory Gremlins, who lay waste to everything in sight as Billy and Kate try to contain the destruction. Like most of Joe Dante's works, Gremlins is chock-full of significant cameo appearances: in this instance, such pop-culture icons as Dick Miller, Jackie Joseph, Chuck Jones, Scott Brady, Harry Carey Jr., Steven Spielberg (the film's executive producer) and even Robby the Robot all show up briefly on screen.

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Barnes & Noble - Jason Bergenfeld
Executive producer Steven Spielberg teamed with horror director Joe Dante (The Howling) for this comical shockfest, written by Chris Columbus (Mrs. Doubtfire) in his Hollywood breakthrough. A Capra-inspired Christmas classic -- bizarro-world Frank Capra, at least -- Gremlins gleefully straddles the line between funny and frightening, as an army of animatronic creatures wreak havoc in a small town before the human residents figure out what's hit them and strike back. The story follows precocious Billy Peltzer (Zach Galligan), who receives a cute-and-fuzzy (pre-Furby) "Mogwai" named Gizmo (voiced by Howie Mandel) from his inventor dad (Hoyt Axton). Gizmo comes with three strict, if cryptic, rules of pet care: no bright light; no water; and, most important, no midnight snacks. But rules are made to be broken: Soon enough, the winter wonderland of Kingston Falls catches a bad case of the Gremlins, and we have a monster movie on our hands. Ugly, green, and extremely mean, these Mogwai transmutations are the polar opposite of cuddly Gizmo. They seek only to torture and humiliate, which results in some shockingly crude physical comedy. From Billy's sweetly sarcastic coworker Kate (Phoebe Cates) to mean old Mrs. Deagle (Polly Holliday), no one escapes the depredations of these creepy critters. In 1990, Dante directed a sequel, which concentrated more on comedy than fright, but it's the original Gremlins that stays in moviegoers' minds.
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Chock full of wide-eyed furry creatures that were being aggressively marketed as stuffed animals, Gremlins undoubtedly sent a misleading message to a lot of parents. The affiliation of executive producer Steven Spielberg, who was fresh off the success of E.T., surely encouraged parents further, but many were left shielding their children's eyes as a gaggle of reptilian gnomes burst forth from a swimming pool and began smoking cigarettes, wielding chainsaws, and killing off townspeople. Gremlins is not appropriate for kids, and it drew a lot of complaints, but it has some jokey pleasures and plenty of satirical bite, as a Capra-esque small town is turned inside out on Christmas Eve. The film was a box-office smash and a cultural touch point, with the viewing public quickly learning the three steps to avoid transforming the impossibly precious Mogwais into the all-id gremlins. The violence against humans is mostly cartoonish and bloodless, but the gremlins don't get off so easy; in a memorable kitchen sequence, featuring a terrified Frances Lee McCain, a pair of pursuing baddies get offed in a microwave and a blender, their orange guts splattered hither and non. Although directed by Joe Dante, the film features the undeniably Spielberg-ian theme of imperiled innocence in middle America, as well as his love for imaginative creatures. And the special effects crew has a grand time bringing it all together, making for a taut horror fantasy with lasting appeal.

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Warner Home Video
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[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Over 10 minutes of additional scenes; Making-of featurette; 2 commentaries: Director Joe Dante, Phoebe Cates, Zach Galligan, Dick Miller and Howie Mandel; Director Joe Dante, producer Michael Finnell and special effects artist Chris Walas; Photo/storyboard gallery; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Zach Galligan Billy
Hoyt Axton Rand Peltzer
Frances Lee McCain Lynn Peltzer
Phoebe Cates Kate
Polly Holliday Mrs. Deagle
Scott Brady Sheriff
Glynn Turman Hanson
Corey Feldman Pete
Keye Luke Grandfather
Judge Reinhold Gerald
Jonathan Banks Dep. Brent
Edward Andrews Corben
Susan Arnold Actor
James MacKrell Lew Landers
Mushroom Barney
John Louie Chinese Boy
Don Steele Rockin' Ricky Rialto
Dick Miller Mr. Futterman
Arnie Moore Pete's Father
Harry Carey Mr. Anderson
Donald Elson Man on Street
Belinda Balaski Mrs. Harris
Lois Foraker Bank Teller
Chuck Jones Mr. Jones
Kenny Davis Dorry
Nicky Katt School Children
John C. Becher Dr. Molinaro
Jackie Joseph Mrs. Futterman
Joe Brooks Santa
Frank Welker Special Vocal Effects
Howie Mandel Gizmo
Fred Newman Special Vocal Effects
Mark Dodson Special Vocal Effects
Michael Winslow Special Vocal Effects
Peter Cullen Special Vocal Effects
Michael Sheehan Special Vocal Effects
Bob Holt Special Vocal Effects
Steven Spielberg Man in Electric Wheelchair (uncredited)
Jim McKrell Lew Landers

Technical Credits
Joe Dante Director
Susan Arnold Casting
Norman Burza Costumes/Costume Designer
Chris Columbus Screenwriter
Michael Finnell Producer
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Warren Hamilton Sound Editor
Tina Hirsch Editor
John Hora Cinematographer
Rosemary Johnston Stunts
Kathleen Kennedy Executive Producer
Ken King Sound/Sound Designer
Frank Marshall Executive Producer
Linda Matthews Costumes/Costume Designer
William Matthews Set Decoration/Design
Mike McGaughy Stunts
James Spencer Production Designer
Steven Spielberg Executive Producer
Chris Walas Special Effects


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Gremlins 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie captured the hearts of countless when it was first made. Over time it's become a Classic, each part of the movie is a work of art. The story unfolds through: Billy getting Gizmo. The birth of the evil Mogwai. The appearance of the pods, and the birth of the Gremlins. Billy's mom destroying 3 Gremlins in her kitchen. Billy saving her from a 4th, and Stripe's escape. Stripe diving into a pool, creating an army of Gremlins - all his to command. The chaos they unleash on the town is hilarious and brutal. The horde of Gremlins traps Kate in the bar, and Billy saves her. Then the horde's death by fire in the movie theater. Stripe and Billy battling each other in the department store. Finally Stripe's death at Gizmo's hands. All so wonderful.
Walterama More than 1 year ago
&quot;Don't expose him to bright light. Don't ever get him wet. And don't ever, ever feed him after midnight.&quot; GREMLINS is now on Diamond Luxe Edition. It also marks the 30th anniversary of that hit movie. I bought it along with the BATMAN Diamond Luxe Edition which also celebrated its 25th anniversary when it was released in 1989. This beautifully designed Diamond Luxe Edition is not like its regular case or the steelbook case. When you hold it, it is a little heavier and much better. When you open and close, it has that magnet like thing that you don't have to worry about accidentally dropping the disc. I love the movie Gremlins especially Gizmo and Phoebe Cates. Gizmo looks so cute, but Phoebe Cates is the prettiest actress. Steven Speilberg and Joe Dante did an incredible job with this film. i saw the movie four times. Now I can add it to my collection.
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I loved Gremlins so much!!!!! I especaly thought Gizmoe was cute and fluffy. I liked him so much i named one of my puppies Gizmoe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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i think this movie is just an awsome movie. i saw this movie when i was about seven or eight and i thought it was just a great movie. i just loved it so much. my favorite character is gizmoe because he is just so cute.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An amazing film that kept me in suspense. I saw it when I was six, and it scared the hell out of me. Same with the second. I still get the creeps when I watch this movie now a days. Perfectly blending black comedy and modern horror, this movie was a hit then, and remains a hit NOW.
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i remember when i first saw this movie i was about 10 yrs. old. i was so in love with gizmo. i couldn't stand spike the old ugly gremlin he would always pick on gizmo and make me sad. but over all this movie is truely a classic in my book.
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Having seen this movie when I was 13 (it was the first-ever PG-13 movie), it still ranks as one great movie. One thing that made the movie worth seeing for many was the enormously cute ''Bye, Billy'' that was spoken by Gizmo (voice by Howie Mandel) at the end. Even some of the Gremlins' words before they created havoc made the misery funny. Who could have imagined watching a gremlin being blown up in a microwave? Or a Gremlin being butchered in a blender? Comedy with the fake gore makes it all the more funny. Highly recommend for anyone, but some caution for all the blood and guts (none human - unless you count the old lady being thrown out the window when her ''lift'' is hotwired).
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE Gremlins!!!! I saw it with a friend and it has become a favorite with the both of us ever since! It's creepy and funny and cute. Gremlins is the best!
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If anyone but Steven would have done this movie they would not have been able to do it half as good. GIzmo is so awsome!
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Gremlins is the greatest movie of the 1980's! Steven Speilberg does an outstanding job directing. The speical effects used to create the gremlins are wonderful. Every move, sound and action is convincing. Gizmo is a lovable hero. Every kid wanted a pet mogwai. This movie does a great job portraying typical small town life. The moive sends a great message about what how people break the most basic of rules, sometimes without even knowing it.
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I can't believe that i Start to love Gremlins so much. It's very very cute little animal. This movei is the best, No mattter what ago you are, you will love this movie so much.
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