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The Hunger


The Egyptian vampire lady Miriam subsists upon the blood of her lovers. In return the guys or girls don't age…

Release Year: 1983

Rating: 6.3/10 (9,218 voted)

Tony Scott

Stars: Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, Susan Sarandon

The Egyptian vampire lady Miriam subsists upon the blood of her lovers. In return the guys or girls don't age… until Miriam has enough of them. Unfortunately that's currently the case with John, so his life expectancy is below 24 hours. Desperately he seeks help from the famous Dr. Sarah Roberts. She doesn't really belive his story, but becomes curious and contacts Miriam … and gets caught in her ban, too.

Writers: Ivan Davis, Michael Thomas


Catherine Deneuve

Miriam Blaylock

David Bowie


Susan Sarandon

Sarah Roberts

Cliff De Young

Tom Haver

Beth Ehlers

Alice Cavender

Dan Hedaya

Lieutenant Allegrezza

Rufus Collins

Charlie Humphries

Suzanne Bertish


James Aubrey


Ann Magnuson

Young Woman from Disco

John Stephen Hill

Young Man from Disco

Shane Rimmer

Arthur Jelinek


Disco Group

Douglas Lambert

TV Host

Bessie Love


Nothing Human Loves Forever

Release Date: 29 April 1983

Filming Locations: Cromwell Tower, Barbican, London, England, UK

Opening Weekend: $1,832,898
(1 May 1983)
(775 Screens)

Gross: $5,979,292

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


Tony Scott sighted the photography of Irving Penn as a major influence on the visual style of the film.


Revealing mistakes:
In the climactic sequence, Miriam takes a swipe at one of the cadavers, knocking its jaw off. The impact causes it to wobble, making it obvious that it is a rigid, lightweight prop.


[first lines]

John Blaylock:
No ice.

User Review

Sexy vampire noir has boredom written for those of a different taste


THE HUNGER, unquestionably one of the most impressive stylized
of its kind. Using such techniques as classical music, and visual
storytelling, not to mention the usage of sound as well, this sexy tale of
blood, lust, and demonic dealings takes vampires to the next level. Susan
Sarandon is struggling medical woman, trying to discover the secrets of
natural aging. Bowie and Deneuve are well out as eternal bloodsuckers
meeting a tragic end, as Bowie finds himself rotting away, slowly. Once
Bowie is out of the picture, Deneuve has her sights on Sarandon(unique
scene between the two). While never failing to deliver well plotted story,
this one grows boring at times, to those uneasily interested. Many
incidents, which prove affective to some,are often slow and dull to
perhaps aquired taste best describes the tone for most viewers. Playing
like a tragic drama, the creators catch most attention with an opening to
hard to resist. Even the most uninterested cannot turn from the "Bela
Is Dead" act, as well as Shuberts "Trio In E Flat" oversounding the sad
moments bringing the film to an automatic saddness, which never really
away. Still, always impressive in many other ways, this film might
others who need soap opera-esque escape matters. THE HUNGER may not grace
some people, but others will find this one to be very thrilling in
ways. Always give the film a chance before judging too harshly, and THE
HUNGER has its own way of getting attention, it got mine.