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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Fantasy | 31 July 1992 (USA)
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A flighty teenage girl learns that she is her generation's destined battler of vampires.

Director:

Fran Rubel Kuzui

Writer:

Joss Whedon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristy Swanson ... Buffy
Donald Sutherland ... Merrick
Paul Reubens ... Amilyn
Rutger Hauer ... Lothos
Luke Perry ... Pike
Michele Abrams ... Jennifer
Hilary Swank ... Kimberly
Paris Vaughan ... Nicole 'Nicki'
David Arquette ... Benny
Randall Batinkoff ... Jeffrey
Andrew Lowery Andrew Lowery ... Andy
Sasha Jenson ... Grueller
Stephen Root ... Gary Murray
Natasha Gregson Wagner ... Cassandra
Candy Clark ... Buffy's Mom
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Storyline

Buffy Summers has the lifestyle any young woman could want. Cheerleading, dating the captain of the basketball team, and copious amounts of time spent shopping with friends. She had no idea of her true calling until a mysterious man named Merrick approached her and told her that she is the Slayer; one woman called to defend the world from vampires. Reluctant to concede to the fact, Buffy soon learns that Merrick speaks the truth and so begins to take her new life seriously while trying to maintain the sense of normality her life had once been. With her best friends slowly abandoning her, Buffy finds solace in the town outcast, Pike, who knows very well the terrors that have arisen. Together, they combat the forces of the old and powerful vampire, Lothos, who has his eyes set on Buffy. Written by Vampire-Sharpshooter

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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She knows a sucker when she sees one. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for comic vampire violence and drug references | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 July 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Buffy, a vámpírok réme See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$16,624,456
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

On March 4, 2019, the day that Luke Perry died, Joss Whedon tweeted, "The first time I met Luke Perry we talked about what kind of movie we wanted 'Buffy' to be. I asked if he'd ever seen 'Near Dark' and he gave me a look of HOW DARE YOU SIR and I knew we'd get along. Funny, committed, and always gracious. He shouldn't be gone." See more »

Goofs

As Pike is driving his van with Amilyn holding onto the hood, the position of Amilyn's right hand switches back and forth from the roof to the hood between shots. See more »

Quotes

Buffy's Mom: [Buffy walks in late] Do you know what time it is?
Buffy: Uh... around ten?
Buffy's Mom: [looks at her watch] I *knew* this thing was slow. You pay a fortune for something...
[shouts to Buffy's father]
Buffy's Mom: Honey, come on, we're gonna be late!
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Crazy Credits

TV interviews with people who were at the dance attacked by vampires. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original theatrical release received a "12" rating in the UK without any cuts however, the video release was rated "15" with 11 seconds cut. The scene in which Lothos ignites Buffy's cross was removed and instead of immolating his head, she merely flees. At the time, the "12" rating did not cover video releases, only theatrical so it was rated "15" and the scenes in question may be imitated by younger viewers. In 2002, all previous cuts were waived and the video release was rated "15". See more »

Connections

Referenced in This Is Us: That'll Be the Day (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

MAN SMART, WOMAN SMARTER
Written by King Radio
Produced by Ralph Sall
Performed by The Dream Warriors
Courtesy of 4th & B'way / Island Records Ltd.
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Not Oscar Material, but Very Smart
19 October 2007 | by laviniacgSee all my reviews

This is one of my favorite movies. It's full of extremely clever one-liners that I never get tired of. "Oh, yeah? Clap!" The main character acts like a brainless bimbo but, if you pay attention, the movie gives you subtle hints she's a lot smarter than she lets on. Acting brainless is a little social camouflage so she fits in with her airhead friends.

It's fun to watch everyone playing it way over the top: Rutger Hauer is the perfect creepy head vampire, Paul Reubens seems to relish his role as the main vampire henchman, and Donald Sutherland delivers yet another quirky performance in a career full of quirky performances.

Oh, and watch for a fairly obvious continuity error about, maybe, halfway through.


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