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 <>


2015-01-17 01:06 Atari Delusion
The 1991 film Delusion has a few shot of Atari systems including a Atari STE and a Atari STacy - a much rarer find.
2015-01-03 00:46 New Year, new computer (a very old one, actually)
Starting the new year in style... In a debut (and likely unique) appearance there are excellent shots of the IBM Selective Sequence Electronic Calculator in the 1952 film Walk East on Beacon!. As with several other early features here, this represents some of the best imagery of this machine that still exists. Thanks very much to Allan for the tip off on this one.
2014-11-17 00:52 The IBM of the Apes
Thanks to Mark for spotting another appearance for the IBM AN/FSQ-7, this time in an episode of the Planet of the Apes TV series called The Legacy (it comes with its ubiquitous companion, the Burroughs B205 tape drive).
2014-08-23 20:00 He's Just Not That Into Your iMac
There's a Apple Aluminum iMac in He's Just Not That Into You.
2014-07-12 15:31 School iBook
There's a small role for a Apple iBook G3 in Old School.
2014-07-04 23:45 Cracked Amiga
An Amiga 1200 makes an appearance in the Best Boys story from season three of the UK version of Cracker.
2014-06-25 00:15 Alien Compass
The special edition of Aliens as a small role for a number of Grid Compass 1139s.
2014-06-17 23:45 Raise the 9845
The genuinely terrible film Raise the Titanic has a small but vital role for a Starring-the-Computer newcomer: the HP 9845.
2014-06-07 16:54 Stay Cool - It's an Update!
Well it's been ages since the last update as I've been struggling to find the time. Now though, I'm really going to try to get in at least one update a week, even if it's only one film. Stay Cool is a bit of an Apple-fest, featuring a Macbook Air, an Aluminum iMac and a Macintosh Plus.
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.