Starring the Computer is a website dedicated to the use of computers in film and television. Each appearance is catalogued and rated on its importance (ie. how important it is to the plot), realism (how close its appearance and capabilities are to the real thing) and visibility (how good a look does one get of it). Fictional computers don't count (unless they are built out of bits of real computer), so no HAL9000 - sorry.

Please let me know if you spot any mistakes, or have any tips about films not mentioned here that feature computers.

James Carter <james@starringthecomputer.com>


News

2018-01-27 00:05 Killing a ThinkPad
Episode 4 of the first season of Forbrydelsen (The Killing) has a Starring the Computer debut role for a Lenovo ThinkPad Z60m.
2018-01-13 01:08 New Year Big Iron
Caprice offers some tape drives from a Burroughs B205, The second episode of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has a fleeting glimpse of a Honeywell H200, and the Doctor Who story The Green Death has a critical role for an ICT 1301.
2017-12-23 00:07 A Festive Pair
I've added two festive films to the database. Black Christmas has an Apple Powerbook G4 and This Christmas has a couple of Macbook Pros and an iMac.
2017-12-02 16:28 Apples and an Osborne
Cyborg She has an iMac G4. Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles has a Powerbook G3, a Clamshell iBook G3 and a iMac G3. 101 Reykjavík also has a iMac G3. Nerve has a iMac G3 and same Macbook Airs and Macbook Pros. And finally, EZ Money has a Powerbook 140 and Starring the Computer's first Osborne 1.
2017-11-25 13:07 Twin Tandys
Double Dragon has a very brief view of a Tandy TRS-80 Model III and a Tandy TRS-80 Model 4 plays a pivotal role in The Highroller.
2017-11-12 17:38 Heathkit Things
Season two of Stranger Things gives the Heathkit/Zenith H89 its first Starring the Computer outing.
2017-10-28 17:30 Altamont Ant-Man
Altamont Now has parts for a Kaypro 10, Commodore 64 and Texas Instruments TI-99/4A, whereas Ant-Man offers Starring the computer its first Dell Latitude E6400 XFR.
2017-10-22 21:32 Archimedes City
The Acorn Archimedes makes regular appearances in Capital City.
2017-10-07 15:50 005 Computers
I have five new appearances to report in James Bond films, including three machines making their Starring-the-Computer debut. Goldeneye has an IBM Thinkpad 701 and Licence to Kill has a Philips Videowriter 250 and the debutante Philips P3230. Also making their first appearance are the HP Jornada 430se in The World Is Not Enough and the Philips P2000C in The Living Daylights.
2017-09-17 13:57 Two times IIe
Batman Returns and King of New York both feature the Apple IIe.