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*batteries not included (1987)

Apartment block tenants seek the aid of alien mechanical life-forms to save their building from demolition.

Director:

Matthew Robbins

Writers:

Mick Garris (story by), Brad Bird (screenplay by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hume Cronyn ... Frank Riley
Jessica Tandy ... Faye Riley
Frank McRae ... Harry Noble
Elizabeth Peña ... Marisa Esteval
Michael Carmine ... Carlos
Dennis Boutsikaris ... Mason Baylor
Tom Aldredge ... Sid Hogenson
Jane Hoffman Jane Hoffman ... Muriel Hogenson
John DiSanti ... Gus
John Pankow ... Kovacs
MacIntyre Dixon MacIntyre Dixon ... DeWitt
Michael Greene ... Lacey
Doris Belack ... Mrs. Thompson
Wendy Schaal ... Pamela
José Angel Santana José Angel Santana ... Goon #1 (as José Santana)
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Storyline

A group of tenants in an apartment block are being forced to move out so that it can be demolished. The tenants are reluctant to move, so the developers hire a local gang to 'persuade' them to leave. Fortunately, visiting alien mechanical life-forms come to town. When they befriend the tenants, the aliens use their extraterrestrial abilities to defeat the developers. Written by Rob Hartill

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Five ordinary people needed a miracle. Then one night, Faye Riley left the window open.


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PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

18 December 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,326,530, 20 December 1987

Gross USA:

$32,945,797

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$65,088,797
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The black and white photos of Frank and Faye used in the opening credits, were real-life photos of Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy, who were married for decades. See more »

Goofs

When the fire starts, we see it spread down into the room with all the balloons. However you can clearly see that the fire is burning on ropes, which are being dangled down to make it seem as though the fire's spreading. See more »

Quotes

Marissa: Maybe this is all a dream.
Mason: Well, if this is a dream which one of us is having it?
Frank Riley: Hey, don't look at me. I stopped dreaming a long time ago.
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, pictures of young Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy are shown. This includes their actual wedding photo, since the actors (who often play a married couple on stage or in the movies) were married for decades. See more »

Alternate Versions

When aired on KTLA in 1991, the following scenes were omitted: When Frank attempts to give Faye her medicine; Before Frank asks for somebody to help them, he breaks a vace and kicks a chair; a scene of Carlos and his gang planning; Frank and Faye are reading the newspaper and while one of the spaceships pours them coffee, Faye asks what ever happened to General Eisehower; Harry searches his room for his whistle; While Marissa, Hector and his friends hold a fiesta in the apartment, Mason sits outside and drinks. See more »

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Soundtracks

Let's Have Another Cup of Coffee
(uncredited)
Written by Irving Berlin
Performed by Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn
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User Reviews

when you are desperate you always wish for..
6 June 2002 | by AshokePrabhaSee all my reviews

There is always hope when people are in desperate need of help. Either it may come from the heaven or may not be. But the film is not just with the hope. Its beauty is with characters it has. The mad woman and her husband, the pregnant girl left by the boyfriend, the artist left by the girl friend and a rowdy who is an orphan and longing for somebody who can say "bobbie my little boy". I like it very much. I loved the movie when I was a school going boy ten years ago. I like it the same way now too.


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