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The Monitors (1969)

PG | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | 8 October 1969 (USA)
Earthlings chafe at the peace established by a benevolent alien race and set about to rebel.

Director:

Jack Shea

Writers:

Myron J. Gold (screenplay), Keith Laumer (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Guy Stockwell ... Harry Jordan
Susan Oliver ... Barbara Cole
Larry Storch ... P.A. Stutz
Avery Schreiber ... Max Jordan
Sherry Jackson ... Mona
Shepperd Strudwick ... Tersh Jeterax
Keenan Wynn ... The General
Ed Begley ... The President
J.J. Barry ... Culp
Martin Harvey Friedberg Martin Harvey Friedberg ... Newt
Sid Grossfeld Sid Grossfeld ... Gate Guard
Burt Heyman Burt Heyman ... Fink
Helen Malone Helen Malone ... Mrs. Jordan
Mike Nussbaum ... Exercise Chief
Murphy Dunne Murphy Dunne ... Monitor Driver
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Storyline

Unusual sci-fi invasion film, with a black-comedy twist: The Earth is taken over by The Monitors, aliens who run it like hall monitors in a 1950's high school, with overtones of Big Brother. The film follows the progress of the human underground rebellion. The twist is that as the film goes on, the audience's sympathies shift to the aliens, who are basically benevolent. When the humans manage to oust them, it's back to corruption and bribery by the usual suspects. Written by Phil Olenick <prolenik@world.std.com>

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The Wildest Film Since "Birth of a Nation" See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Os Monitores See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

There are 30 "trouble spots" on the Monitors' map. They correspond (roughly) with the following locations: Anchorage, Alaska; San Diego, California; Chicago, Illinois; Lima, Peru; Santiago, Chile; Cochrane, Ontario; New York City, New York; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Havana, Cuba; Salvador, Brazil; Marrakech, Morrocco; Abidjan, Cote d'Ivorie; Cape Town, South Africa; Mombasa, Kenya; Barcelona, Spain; Paris, France; Rome, Italy; Berlin, Germany; Oslo, Norway; Athens, Greece; Kyiv, Ukraine; Moscow, Russia; Jerusalem, Israel; Cairo, Egypt; Darwin, Australia; Manila, Philippines; Bangkok, Thailand; Tokyo, Japan; Seoul, South Korea; Vladivostok, Russia; Beijing, China; Lhasa, Tibet See more »

Goofs

There is a red hand-held fire extinguisher visible in Harry's car on the passenger floorboard at around 8:40 into the movie when he's driving through the city.

Harry's car is a collector classic, and as an enthusiast, it would not be the least bit out of the ordinary for him to carry a fire extinguisher on board. See more »

Quotes

Unsung Hero: The nation's little people salute the Monitors. We, the unsung heroes of our society - the truck drivers, the mail men, the guys who put holes in the doughnuts - at last have all the law and order we need. That's why I say, "Up the Monitors!"
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Connections

Edited from A Trip to the Moon (1902) See more »

Soundtracks

Voice of the Flower
Music by Fred Kaz
Lyrics by Sandy Holt
Sung by Odetta
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Extraordinary
7 December 2005 | by kerravonSee all my reviews

This film bounces between being yet another stupid sixties oddity, to an almost forgotten work of sheer genius.

There are moments where you'll question whether the cast or crew were on some dodgy medication, and others where you'll think "blimey. That's not too bad." Some of the elements are high comedy - for example one character uses a variety of items (melon, whipping cream, french stick) from a shopping basket in a fight scene, but at the same time the film maintains a certain darkness. The monitors come across as perhaps the most polite but menacing characters seen for a long time.

Worth your time.


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