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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

Final film of Sheb Wooley. 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

Anyone But You
Written by Hal Moffett, Bob Summers and Irene Symsyk Robertson
Performed by Mike Harris with Penny & Sondra and the Bob Summers Orchestra
Courtesy of Don Robertson Productions
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Funny, off-beat kids movie.
14 January 2001 | by CalifLSSee all my reviews

Fast-paced and full of surprises like Little Richard, Chubby Checker and great 50's cars. Low-budget but innovative. Kids will love it. And adults will like the musical oldies. Many of the kid actors became well known years later - Neil Patrick Harris ("Doogie Howser") Thora Birch ("American Beauty") Dustin Diamond ("Saved By The Bell") and Shelley Winters and Ned Beatty were already known. A kids classic.


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