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 <>


2016-10-08 01:19 A Deluge of Debutantes
All of the following machines are making their first appearance on this site. Barb Wire has a Mattel Entertainment Computer System and a Casio Z-7000, Paul has a Getac B300, Real Life has a fleeting glimpse of a DEC PDP-11/45, and the third episode of Deutschland 83 has a Robotron A 5120 and a IBM Portable Personal Computer.
2016-09-17 23:51 Last Apples of Summer
Furry Vengeance has an Apple Macbook Pro, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen has a Macbook and an iMac, The Core has a Powerbook G3, Terminator Genisys has a Mac Plus and an Apple II and the Full House episode A House Divided has a Macintosh Classic.
2016-09-05 01:04 360 in the Attic
A second lump of big iron for the weekend - there's an IBM System/360 playing a brief role in the 1968 film Three in the Attic.
2016-09-03 14:25 Univac 9400
The second episode of the short-lived 1970s drama series Scorpion Tales offers Starring the Computer its first view of a Sperry Univac 9400. Thanks to Jim for the tip off.
2016-08-14 00:11 Three New Ones
Darkman III has a bunch of Commodore Amiga 3000s, but also a Starring-the-Computer newcomer, a Toshiba T4800C. Also, two episodes of Due South feature computers that have not appeared on the site before: a Sharp YO-6x0 in The Promise and a HP 85 in The Edge.
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.