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Purple People Eater (1988)

A kid plays the old novelty song "Purple People Eater" and the creature actually appears. The two then proceed to help an elderly couple who are being evicted by their greedy landlord.

Director:

Linda Shayne

Writer:

Linda Shayne
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ned Beatty ... Grandpa
Linda Talcott Linda Talcott ... Purple
Bobby Porter ... Purple
Shelley Winters ... Rita
Neil Patrick Harris ... Billy Johnson
Jimmy Locust Jimmy Locust ... Purple
Tim Lawrence ... Purple (voice)
Peggy Lipton ... Mom
Chubby Checker ... Chubby Checker
Little Richard ... Mayor
James Houghton ... Dad
Thora Birch ... Molly Johnson (as Thora)
John Brumfield John Brumfield ... Mr. Noodle
Molly Cheek ... Mrs. Orfus
Kimberly McCullough ... Donna Orfus
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Storyline

A kid plays the old novelty song "Purple People Eater" and the creature actually appears. The two then proceed to help an elderly couple who are being evicted by their greedy landlord.

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Genres:

Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Purple People Eater See more »

Filming Locations:

Fullerton, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Neil Patrick Harris went on to star in How I Met Your Mother (2005 - 2014). Lindsay Price appeared on season 3, episode 8 as Cathy, Ted's chatty girlfriend. See more »

Quotes

Billy Johnson: Grandpa, what's it like to die?
Grandpa: [pause] I don't know, son.
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Connections

Referenced in Taken (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

When You Dance
Written by Andrew Jones
Performed by D.K. and the Flamz
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Classic kids' film based after the 1950's song
14 January 2007 | by areacode111See all my reviews

Purple People Eater is such a fun movie for kids and if you watched it first when you weren't a kid, you will never quite get how good it is. The original Sheb Wooley novelty song has sold over 100 million copies and the film is as classic and funky as the original song. The film is low budget but taps into kids' imagination.

Director Linda Shayne cast Shelley Winters, Ned Beatty, Little Richard, Chubby Checker, Peggy Lipton in this low budget movie with heart. The movie also stars kids who were unknown at the time, including Neil Patrick Harris and Thora Birch, who won a Youth In Film Award for her first performance in a feature film.

The soundtrack for the film has classic 1950's songs in it, including Little Richard's "Good Golly Miss Molly." I loved this movie as a kid and my son is enjoying it now.


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