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Meet the Applegates (1990)

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Modeling themselves after an idyllic cookie-cutter suburban 1950s family, a colony of insects move from South America into the United States with the intent of getting access to the nation's nuclear resources.

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Michael Lehmann
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ed Begley Jr. ... Richard P. Applegate
Stockard Channing ... Jane Applegate
Dabney Coleman ... Aunt Bea
Robert Jayne ... Johnny Applegate (as Bobby Jacoby)
Camille Cooper ... Sally Applegate (as Cami Cooper)
Glenn Shadix ... Greg Samson
Susan Barnes Susan Barnes ... Opal Withers
Adam Biesk Adam Biesk ... Vince Sampson
Savannah Smith Boucher ... Dottie (as Savannah Smith Bouchér)
Roger Aaron Brown ... Sheriff Heidegger
Lee Garlington ... Nita Samson
Philip Arthur Ross Philip Arthur Ross ... Kevin
Steven Robert Ross Steven Robert Ross ... Kenny
Mark Bringelson ... Rich Block - Family Bazaar Magazine
Chuck Lafont Chuck Lafont ... Clem Shepherd
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Storyline

Giant praying mantises living in a South American jungle decide to move into suburban USA. Disguised as humans, they are planning something. Could it be connected to Dad's job in the power station perhaps ? One day the daughter mantis forgets WHAT she really is when she's with her boyfriend. Oops. Written by s jones

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Four decent, self-respecting South American beetles have just mutated into something really revolting... the typical American family. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Applegates See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$274,815, 3 February 1991

Gross USA:

$485,772

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$485,772
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Filmed in 1988/89 but remained unreleased in the US until early 1991 due to the financial woes of New World Pictures. See more »

Quotes

Jane Applegate: [to Johnny] If you don't eat your dinner, you can't have dessert.
Richard P. Applegate: Did someone say dessert?
Jane Applegate: I happened to find a pile of rancid trash in the dumpster behind the 7-11.
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Alternate Versions

The Image Entertainment LaserDisc release of the film is cut, missing one final scene at the end wherein it is revealed that Aunt Bea is still very much alive (albeit injured) and still optimistic about crushing the human scum by planning on infiltrating NORAD. Instead, the Image LD cut of the film cuts straight to the credits after the final jungle scene, missing the final Aunt Bea scene in its entirety (this scene is present in the TV cut of the film shown on Showtime Flix). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Serial Mom (1994) See more »

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A fun waste of time
21 July 2011 | by itchyglobo2003See all my reviews

I'm sick and tired of people ripping this movie apart. Who cares why there's a scorpion featured in the opening shot when the movie is about cockroaches.Beetlejuice opened with a spider and that's not the main character either. Yes,in this age of political correctness there are flaws.Is rape ever funny? Funny that foul language isn't mentioned yet,I guess nowadays it's too commonplace and nobody cares. Low budget special effects-check. Cheesy dialog-check. Nods to John Waters-I guess so. I think this movie entertains.It also offends from what I've read. Is it one of the worst ever made? Hardly. I can think of 50 films right now (recently released) that should be flushed down the toilet immediately.Hollywood excels at churning out bland,tasteless fodder for the mainstream masses. Stop taking it so seriously.It's meant to be a dark comedy and that's exactly what it is. Now where's the DVD?.


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