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A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

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The monstrous spirit of a slain child murderer seeks revenge by invading the dreams of teenagers whose parents were responsible for his untimely death.

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Wes Craven

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Wes Craven
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Saxon ... Lt. Thompson
Ronee Blakley ... Marge Thompson
Heather Langenkamp ... Nancy Thompson
Amanda Wyss ... Tina Gray
Jsu Garcia ... Rod Lane (as Nick Corri)
Johnny Depp ... Glen Lantz
Charles Fleischer ... Dr. King
Joseph Whipp Joseph Whipp ... Sgt. Parker
Robert Englund ... Fred Krueger
Lin Shaye ... Teacher
Joe Unger ... Sgt. Garcia
Mimi Craven ... Nurse (as Mimi Meyer-Craven)
Jack Shea Jack Shea ... Minister
Ed Call Ed Call ... Mr. Lantz
Sandy Lipton Sandy Lipton ... Mrs. Lantz
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Storyline

On Elm Street, Nancy Thompson and a group of her friends (comprising Tina Gray, Rod Lane and Glen Lantz) are being tormented by a clawed killer in their dreams named Fred Krueger. Nancy must think quickly, as Fred tries to pick them off one by one. When he has you in your sleep, who is there to save you? Written by simon_hrdng

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From Suspense Master Wes Craven, the director of The Hills Have Eyes and The Last House On The Left, comes a new film of fantasy terror. See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Nightmare on Elm Street See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,271,000, 11 November 1984

Gross USA:

$25,504,513

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,504,513
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Workprint Version)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Wes Craven had helped Sean S. Cunningham by working on a few shots for Friday the 13th (1980). In turn, Cunningham directed a few shots near the end of the production of this movie, when several units were working at once. See more »

Goofs

(at around 51 mins) When Nancy is in the kitchen with her mother after the visit to the dream institute, she walks in and drinks coffee from a mug; however, she clearly isn't drinking anything since she isn't swallowing. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Fred Krueger: Tina.
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Alternate Versions

The German television version is heavily cut, allowing for an earlier time slot. The cuts are:
  • When Tina is sliced by Freddy Krueger, we don't see how he slices her chest and is pulled to the ceiling.
  • In Tina's last dream we don't see when Freddy cuts his own fingers off his hand. Later, there is a scene where Freddy's face is pulled off by Tina. This scene is also missing.
  • When Nancy meets Freddy for the first time, we can't see when he slices his abdomen and when Nancy puts her arm on the hot pipe.
  • When Rod's neck is broken by Freddy Krueger, we only see Rod looking at the "snake", before it kills him.
  • The scene where the dead Tina is talking to Nancy while snakes are coming out her dress is also cut.
  • Glen's famous dead scene is also cut. We only see how he is sucked in his bed. The bloody, second half is cut.
  • When Nancy is burning Freddy, we only see the fire reach his feet, then it cuts to Nancy calling her dad.
  • The scene where Freddy is killing Nancy's mother by burning her is also cut.
  • These changes were also made in the German video version, which has a "not under 16 years" rating. The uncut version is sometimes shown on Pay-Per-View and is rated "not under 18 years."
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Soundtracks

Nightmare
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Written and Produced by Martin Kent, Steve Karshner, Michael Schurig
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User Reviews

 
A horror classic...
7 January 1999 | by AtulurSee all my reviews

The "Nightmare" has been recently on in our TV and I must admit that even after those fourteen years it made a deep impression on me. I saw the film for the first time in 1989 and at that time I was scared because I was just a teenager then. But now, I can see that the film has got something unique, which makes the film different from other horror movies. I think it`s down to the basic idea of this film - dreams and everything that can happen in our dreams sometimes become true. The authors of this film did not have to be bound with the need to stay realistic and that opens a free way to their wildest imaginations. Charles Bernstein`s music in this movie has become clasic and we can hear the basic melodic motive in some of the sequels. Original music composed by different authors in the sequels to this first Nightmare stays far far behind Bernstein`s masterpiece.


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