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

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.
2017-08-22 00:04 Computer Chess
It should be no surprise that Computer Chess has a number of computers in it. There is an IMSAI 8080, a Kaypro 10, a Tandy TRS-80 Model III, a Commodore PET 3000 series, and an Osborne Executive. Also, there are three computers making their first appearance on Starring the Computer: a DEC PDP/11-23, a Cromemco System Three and a Zenith Z-110.
2017-08-13 23:51 They Came to Rob a System/360
They Came to Rob Las Vegas has some pretty nice shots of a IBM System/360 in pivotal role.
2017-07-29 21:44 SuperXL
Two episodes of the first season of the TV show Supergirl have yielded Starring the Computer appearances. Solitude has the ubiquitous IBM AN/FSQ-7 and Red Faced has a debut appearance for an Apple Macintosh XL.
2017-07-23 14:46 Satan's Little iPAQ
Satan's Little Helper has a starring, debut role for a HP iPAQ H1910.
2017-07-02 23:40 Quad Pros
Battleship, Elles, The Campaign and Gone all feature Apple Macbook Pros (with an iMac also sneaking into Elles).
2017-06-28 00:20 Martian Toughbook
The Panasonic Toughbook CF-29 makes numerous appearances in the 2015 film The Martian.
2017-06-12 21:32 Two laptops and a PC
Two laptops and a desktop PC make their first appearance on Starring the Computer. A Compaq Deskpro PD1005 appears in The Centrifuge Brain Project, there a Dell Precision M3800 in addition to a IBM PC XT in Get Hard, and The Lincoln Lawyer has the first appearance of a Lenovo Thinkpad W500 (in addition to a Apple Macbook Pro).
2017-06-03 18:34 Pet Automata
Commodore PETs place a rather unlikely role in Automata as something resembling a fax machine.