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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 <>


2024-04-07 16:56 PCs and Laptops
Here's an assortment of PCs and laptops. Jamon Jamon has an Amstrad PC 1512 and an IBM PS/2 Model 30/55. There's a Dell Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme in Uncharted. Hider in the House has a Toshiba T1000 and a Starring-the-Computer debutante - the Zenith EaZy pc. There's also a Toshiba in Leviathan (a Toshiba T1200) along with a brief glimpse of a Commodore Amiga 500. Finally we have a couple of appearances in TV shows: a IBM PS/2 Model 50/70 in the "Due South" episode Diefenbaker's Day Off and an Alienware 13 R2 in the first episode of A Murder at the End of the World.
2024-03-17 11:54 Three films revisited
Here are three films where I missed something the first time. Aliens used some Apricot Xis as set dressing. Jurassic Park has a fleeting glimpse of an Apple Powerbook 100 and what appears to be a pre-production version of a (new to Starring the Computer) Motorola Envoy. Finally, Charlie's Angels has some shots of the guts of a Apple Power Macintosh G3 and two more debutantes: the Handspring Visor and the Roda RC586.
2024-02-25 16:48 A load of Apples and an Acorn
The first episode of Smiley's People has an Apple II and there is a IIGS in The Laughing Dead. The "Young Sheldon" episode The Grand Chancellor and a Den of Sin has a Macintosh, a Macintosh SE and a Macintosh XL. The "American Gods" episode The Greatest Story Ever Told has a Macintosh Classic and The Killer has an iBook G4 and a iMac G3. Finally, Matt's Millions has a Power Macintosh 7100 and our single Acorn - the BBC Micro.
2024-02-18 11:06 Veteran Machines
Here are some appearances of 1950s and 1960s computers. The short-lived series Turn-On had a crucial role for an IBM 1620. The "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." episode Alien Commies from the Future! has panels from the ever-popular IBM AN/FSQ-7. Finally, the "Doctor Who" episode Meglos has some old British machines: the ICT 1301 and, making its Starring-the-Computer debut, the Elliott 405.
2024-02-04 22:33 Yet More Commodores
Here are a few more Commodore appearances. The "Inspector Morse" episode Happy Families has an Amiga 2000 in the police station. Then there are Commodore 64s in the "GLOW" episode The Good Twin, "The Mandalorian" episode The Pirate and "The Hardy Boys" episode A Disappearance (along with Apple Macintosh Classics and Tandy TRS-80 Color Computers).
2024-01-21 19:40 Any Old Apples
Here some more appearances for older Apple computers. The first episode of The Midnight Club has a Macintosh Classic and there are Apple IIes in the "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." episode Broken Promises. Finally, an episode of The Littlest Hobo has a couple of rarities: an Apple III and an Apple Lisa.
2024-01-15 00:04 New Year Amstrads
Here are some Amstrads for the new year. The recent Doctor Who episode Wild Blue Yonder has a CPC 464 as part of the TARDIS and the Loki episode Science/Fiction has a PCW 8256 and a crucial role for a PPC 512/640 (as well as an incidental BBC Micro).
2023-12-31 15:32 Pam & Tommy
We'll round out the year with a collection of machines from episode 8 of Pam & Tommy. Tommy himself uses an Apple Power Macintosh 5000 and there are other brief appearances of an Apple Macintosh II/IIx, a Toshiba T3200, and, making its Starring-the-Computer debut, an NCR PC286.
2023-12-02 21:43 Under the Banner of Commodore
The limit series Under the Banner of Heaven has a couple of Commodore machines (a Commodore 64 and a Commodore PET) and an HP 85.
2023-11-19 15:35 Another Pair of Acorns
A BBC Micro makes an unlikely but very welcome appearance in an episode of Secret Invasion, along with brief shots of a Sharp MZ-80K and an IBM PS/2 Model 56SX. There are two episodes of "Howard's Way" that feature the Acorn Archimedes: Publish & Be Damned and Screwdriver.