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>


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2022-01-16 17:15 Fast and Rhythmic
Fast & Furious 9 has roles for the Commodore 64C, Dell Latitude 7202 Rugged Extreme and IBM PS/2 Model 30/55 along with the Dell Latitude 7214 Rugged Extreme making its debut appearance. There is a Microsoft Surface Book in The Rhythm Section.
2022-01-08 15:19 1980s Australia
Here are a couple Australian films from the 1980s. The Coolangatta Gold has a small role for an Hitachi MB-6891. Dark Age also some brief glimpses of a DEC Rainbow 100 and an ICL One Per Desk.
2022-01-02 12:01 Ferranti Menace
Menace Unseen has roles for the Compaq Portable III and IBM PS/2 but also offers Starring the Computer its first sighting of a Ferranti PC31.
2021-12-23 16:27 Last update of 2021
Here's a random collection to round out the year. Can You Ever Forgive Me? features the Apple Macintosh SE and IBM PS/2 Model 50/70. The Specialist offer two Starring-the-Computer debutantes: the IBM ThinkPad 750 and the Sharp Wizard OZ-9600. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (the American version) offers another debutante, the Sony Vaio P as well as the Apple Macbook Pro and the Nokia 770. And the third episode of The Unlikely Murderer has a role for an Atari ST.
2021-12-12 22:22 An A-Team Trio
Here are three episodes of "The A-Team" that feature computers. The very first episode Mexican Slayride has shots of the Tandy TRS-80 Model III. Then there are two season two episodes with The Battle of Bel Air having GE 635 panels and Harder Than It Looks having a small role for a Commodore PET 2001 keyboard.
2021-12-05 11:21 An Acorn Cornucopia
Here's another little batch of Acorn machines. There's a BBC Micro in the "Dempsey and Makepeace" episode Silver Dollar and Out of This World, Episode 5 (which also has a glimpse of the Amstrad PC 1512). There's an Acorn Archimedes in the "Minder" episode How to Succeed in Business Without Really Retiring and finally the Gameboys episode of "A Mind to Kill" sees the Acorn A5000 making its Starring-the-Computer debut.
2021-11-28 11:08 GE of Terror
Panels from the GE 635 appear in Forbidden World and Galaxy of Terror.
2021-11-21 15:46 A Pair of Pets
The Commodore PET 2001 make two TV appearances: in the "Knight Rider" episode Junk Yard Dog and "The Fast Show" episode Oh.
2021-11-14 15:41 The Billion SGI code
Maybe not a billion machines, but The Billion Dollar Code is a festival of SGI appearances including the Indigo2, Indy, O2, Onyx and Origin 2000. It also as space for a couple of Apple machines: the Macbook Pro and Powerbook G3. And finally, I missed a couple of SGI machines in Breach: the Challenge and Origin 2000.
2021-11-07 17:06 A Trio of Newcomers
All of these machines are making their first Starring-the-Computer appearance. The CTC Datapoint 2200 plays in important role in Things To Come, the Wang 600 appears in Used Cars and there is a DEC PDP-8/A in the "Elementary" episode Give Me the Finger (along with an Apple Macintosh SE and a couple of Tandy TRS-80 Model 4s).