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

2016-07-19 00:26 A Mac in the Dollhouse
Welcome to the Dollhouse has a small but solid role for an Apple Macintosh Plus.
2016-06-17 21:10 Apple In June
Let's have a bunch of Apples in June. Liar Liar has an Apple Powerbook 5300 and a Power Macintosh 7X00/G3 desktop, The Big Easy has a Macintosh, The Princess Diaries has a Clamshell iBook G3 and a Powerbook G3 as does Teknolust, The Adventures of RoboRex has a iMac G4, and Iron Man 2 has an Apple Macbook.
2016-04-29 23:46 Bendix G-15
It's always good to find really early examples of computer in films, so I'd like to thank Jim who spotted Starring-the-Computer's first Bendix G-15 in an episode of Science Fiction Theatre from 1956.
2016-03-31 22:05 MacGyver's PC
Season 2 of MacGyver is liberally sprinkled with AT&T PC 6300s.
2016-02-24 01:10 Franklin Poirot
The Hercule Poirot mystery Murder In Three Acts has a small role for a Franklin Ace 1000.
2016-02-17 00:31 Cross My Palms
Little Black Book features two Palm PDA computers, both making the Starring-the-Computer debut. There is a Zire 71 and, in a critical role, a Tungsten C. Thanks to Kasey for the tip.
2016-02-07 17:39 A pair of Archimedes
Acorn Archimedes computers makes appearances in the children's TV show Watt on Earth and in the film Strapless, where a IBM PC AT also makes an appearance.
2016-01-29 00:52 The Bourne iPAQ
The final Starring-the-Computer debutante for the month of January is the HP iPAQ H5500 which makes a brief but important appearance in The Bourne Supremacy.
2016-01-23 21:51 More January Newbies
A Pig Too Far, an episode of St. Elsewhere, gives Starring the Computer its first Otrona Attache (also a Tandy TRS-80 Model), Alchemy has two new Dells for the site, a XPS Gen 2 and a Inspiron 510m, and Kung Fury as a very important and equally silly role for Starring-the-Computer debutante Applied Technologies MicroBee 32 (and also features a Sinclair Research ZX Spectrum and a Apple Macintosh SE).
2016-01-16 22:19 Newbies for January
Think I'm going to stick to Starring the Computer debutantes for January. Ice Princess has an important role for Dell Inspiron 5150 (and the oft-mentioned Apple Powerbook G4). In Your Wildest Dreams also kicks off a computer's Starring-the-Computer career with an important role, the DECsystem 5500.