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 <>


2014-04-20 22:55 Easter Update
Twister's Revenge has a pretty crucial role for an AT&T PC 6300 and there's also a fairly important role for a Tandy TRS-80 Color Computer in The Littlest Hobo episode The Hero. There are less substantial roles for a Commodore 64 in Skateland, an HP TC1100 in the Big Bang Theory episode The Lunar Excitation and panels from a Burroughs B220 and an IBM AN/FSQ-7 in Silver Streak. Finally there's the usual connection of Apple appearances: a Aluminum iMac in Horrid Henry: The Movie and a Macbook Pro in Killers.
2014-03-30 22:56 Chuck in an OQO
The Chuck Season 3 episode Chuck Versus the Ring: Part II has a Apple Macintosh SE and a Commodore Amiga 1000 as well as a newcomer to Starring the Computer: an OQO Model 2.
2014-03-14 23:43 Zenith in the Pink
She-Devil has an early example of the "pink laptops for girls" trope, featuring a powder-pink Zenith Supersport.
2014-02-10 00:04 Vale Vaio
With Sony getting out of the PC/laptop business, what will James Bond use in future? In Casino Royale, he uses a Vaio SZ (a Starring-the-Computer newcomer), whilst his adversary Le Chiffre uses a Vaio FJ.
2014-02-01 18:48 The Other Sony
The Other Guys gives Starring the Computer its first look at a Sony Vaio JS, as well has having a brief view of an IBM PS/2.
2014-01-21 22:21 From Russia with Robotron
The Soviet film Charodei offers some good shots a new computer for the database, the East German Robotron EC 1040 - a clone of the IBM System/360. Thanks to Fabrice for the tip!
2014-01-08 22:53 Dynamac EL
Physical Evidence provides Starring the Computer with its first, and in all likelihood only, Dynamac EL - an officially licensed portable Macintosh Plus.
2013-12-30 23:18 Last update of 2013
Bi gui zhuo has an Atari 600XL, Fast Five has a Panasonic Toughbook 29, and the Begerac episode A Cry in the Night has a Commodore PET. I've got a few more debut appearances for computers lined up for the new year. See you in 2014!
2013-11-23 19:10 Iron Man X2
Continuing a good run of debut appearances, Iron Man 3 offers Starring the Computer its first Oracle Exadata X2 even if it is a brief and rather unlikely appearance.
2013-11-16 14:45 Cries from the GRiD
Making its Starring-the-Computer debut, a GRiD GridPad Convertible 2260 plays a pivotal role in the TV movie Cries from the Heart.