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.

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2021-01-16 16:39 A Deskpro XE and more laptops
Ri¢hie Ri¢h gives Starring the Computer its first Compaq Deskpro XE along with a Compaq Contura. Senseless also has a Compaq Contura along with a Toshiba Satellite Pro 400 and a Commodore 64. And more laptops - the Apple Powerbook 5300 in Anaconda, the Panasonic Toughbook in All Is Lost and an Apple Macbook Pro in Sinister.
2021-01-02 16:02 A Pair of Rugged Ultra-portables
We see in the new year with a pair of rugged ultra-portables making their Starring-the-Computer debut. RED 2 has the Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1, and San Andreas has the DAP 8640 (along with the familiar Apple Macbook Pro).
2020-12-24 15:10 Festive Apples
Here are a load more Apple appearances. The Vanishing has the Macintosh LC, Man Trouble has the Macintosh IIsi and the Macintosh SE, Prêt-à-Porter has the Powerbook 180, The Rules of Attraction the iBook G3, and Fled the Powerbook Duo. Sabrina has a prototype of the Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh and the "Friends" episode The One with the Worst Best Man Ever also as a TAM along with a Apple Powerbook Duo. Finally, 4:44 Last Day on Earth has the Apple Macbook Pro.
2020-12-14 00:40 Some Amstrads
The A High Profile episode of "Hetty Wainthropp Investigates" has a small role for an Amstrad PCW 9512. And the "Press Gang" episode The Last Word: Part 2 sees the Amstrad PC 2086 making its debut, along with a PCW 9512 and an Apple Macintosh.
2020-12-06 11:50 Compute like Flint!
The 1960s spoof spy movies Our Man Flint and In Like Flint both feature computers including the Burroughs B205 and B220 along with the ubiquitous IBM AN/FSQ-7.
2020-11-29 18:11 The Art of Winbook
The Art of War features a couple of Starring-the-Computer debutantes: the Winbook XL and the NEC Versa LX, along with the more familiar Casio Cassiopeia E-100.
2020-11-22 10:48 SE and SE
There are two appearances of the Apple Macintosh SE in 'Til There Was You and Election (which also features the Power Macintosh 5000).
2020-11-08 15:01 A Flotilla of Commodores
There are Commodore PET 2001s and later PETs in episodes of Devs and Supertrain as well as the movies Trudeau and Eliminate: Archie Cookson (which also features an IBM PS/2 Model 30/55). Müllers Büro as a role for a Commodore 64. "My Secret Identity" has a Commodore Amiga 500 in its first episode and an Amiga 2000 in its second. Finally, The Real McCoy has an Commodore Amiga 1000, along with an IBM PS/2 Model 50/70 and, making its Starring-the-Computer debut, an NEC Ultralite 286F.
2020-11-01 11:37 Many mainframes and a smattering of supercomputers
Let's start with the debutantes. A Thinking Machines CM-1 makes an appearance in The Fly II (along with an IBM System/370), Hangar 18 has a first appearance for the GE 210 (along with the GE 635), and the IBM 1130 make its first appearance in The Naked Bunyip (along with the System/360). The IBM System/360 also appears in the "Mad Men" episode The Monolith and the German film Die Ente klingelt um halb acht. All the Troubles of the World has the Honeywell 6000 and The Billion Dollar Bubble has the Sperry UNIVAC 1110. Then there is the usual assortment of Burroughs B205 and IBM AN/FSQ-7 appearances in The Man With My Face, Fail Safe, Time Travelers, the "Cannon" episode The Rip Off and "The Land of the Giants" episode Brainwash (which also has shots of the Burroughs B220 and IBM 1620).
2020-10-26 14:26 An eMaculate Collection
The Apple eMac makes its Starring-the-Computer debut in Mean Girls, Love and Other Impossible Pursuits and Freaky Friday. The latter also feature the Apple iMac G3, iMac G4 and Powerbook G4 along with another debutante - the Compaq iPAQ 3850.