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The Hunger (1983)

R | | Drama, Horror | 29 April 1983 (USA)
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A love triangle develops between a beautiful yet dangerous vampire, her cellist companion, and a gerontologist.

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Tony Scott

Writers:

Ivan Davis (screenplay), Michael Thomas (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Deneuve ... Miriam
David Bowie ... John
Susan Sarandon ... Sarah Roberts
Cliff De Young ... Tom Haver
Beth Ehlers Beth Ehlers ... Alice Cavender
Dan Hedaya ... Lieutenant Allegrezza
Rufus Collins ... Charlie Humphries
Suzanne Bertish ... Phyllis
James Aubrey ... Ron
Ann Magnuson ... Young Woman from Disco
John Stephen Hill John Stephen Hill ... Young Man from Disco
Shane Rimmer ... Arthur Jelinek
Bauhaus ... Disco Group
Douglas Lambert Douglas Lambert ... TV Host
Bessie Love ... Lillybelle
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Storyline

The Egyptian vampire lady Miriam subsists upon the blood of her lovers. In return the guys or girls don't age until Miriam has had enough of them. Unfortunately that's currently the case with John, so his life expectancy is less than 24 hours. Desperately he seeks help from, the famous, Dr. Sarah Roberts. She doesn't really believe his story, but becomes curious and contacts Miriam . . . and gets caught in her spell, too. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Taglines:

Nothing Human Loves Forever

Genres:

Drama | Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El ansia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,832,898, 1 May 1983

Gross USA:

$5,979,292

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,988,322
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In The Celluloid Closet (1995), the 1995 documentary about the history of homosexuality in film, actress Susan Sarandon said that the screenplay for The Hunger (1983) originally called for her to be demonstrably drunk in the lead-up to her sex scene with Catherine Deneuve, but Sarandon asked for it to be changed so that her character had only a single sip of wine and then spilled the rest of the glass. She said she wanted to make it clear that her character was choosing to have sex with Miriam instead of doing it because of the alcohol, and also because "you wouldn't have to get drunk to bed Catherine Deneuve, I don't care what your sexual history to that point had been." See more »

Goofs

During the scene when Miriam offers the drink to Sarah, Sarah is standing in front of a bust depicting Miriam. The camera pans between the two a total of three times. The third time, when Sarah takes a sip of her drink, the bust is not there. See more »

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PIANO TRIO NO. 2, IN E FLAT MAJOR, OP. 100
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One of a kind
3 July 2007 | by MerryArtistSee all my reviews

Some advice for those who are planning to watch this film: First of all, this is definitely not your regular cup of tea. I don't love this film and I haven't seen many who do. My advice is, don't go and set aside the time for this piece. It's rather interesting to watch once, but if you have better things to do, do them!

The movie uses a lot of visual effects and sounds to create a spooky, vampiry atmosphere. While the blue theme and the whole dark setting works quite well and the outcome is quite impressive, some people would say that the method is too slow or frustrating. Just keep in mind that this is a visual film. Don't expect too much dialogue, but remember to listen carefully to the things that are said, especially to Miriam (Deneuve). Otherwise you might miss some points and end up in a confused state.

As for the acting, David Bowie is remarkable in his little part, Catherine Deneuve is all class and beauty, and Susan Sarandon has some good scenes. If you're seeking to watch this movie solely because you want to see one of these actors (like I did), you probably won't regret it. But what will get your attention is all the fantasy about how the vampire life works in this story. There are some illogical and not too well thought out theories playing at hand, but when you're watching any fantasy movie, you have to let your imagination take over.

Personally, I think this movie is more fantasy and drama than horror or romance. The whole vampire idea will get your attention because of its relatively novel qualities, but the story is also about a vampiress and her tragic love affairs. I suppose the movie doesn't explore too much into this area. It would've been better if they had. For those who're interested, I recommend the book by Whitley Strieber, which does a better job of explaining things.


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