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The Monitors (1969)

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Guy Stockwell ...
Harry
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Barbara
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Colonel Stutz
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Max
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Mona
Shepperd Strudwick ...
Tersh Jeterax
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General
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President
J.J. Barry ...
Culp
Martin Harvey Friedberg ...
Newt
Sid Grossfeld ...
Gate Guard
Burt Heyman ...
Fink
Helen Malone ...
Mrs. Jordan
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Exercise Chief
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Monitor Driver
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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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If you don't like air pollution, war, body odor, hard pizza rolls, exercise, hairy musicians, sexy blonds, tooth decay, smiling heroes, population explosion... you'll love The Monitors.

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Comedy | Sci-Fi

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8 October 1969 (USA)  »

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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 »

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As Tersch Jeterax prepares to leave Earth, shadows from the boom mic move across Barbara Cole's hair. See more »

Quotes

Mona: Cream fattens. Milk irritates the colon. Sugar creates acids. Acids eat tooth enamel.
Harry: Oh boy, have YOU been here a long time.
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References Battleship Potemkin (1925) See more »

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Voice of the Flower
Music by Fred Kaz
Lyrics by Sandy Holt
Sung by Odetta
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The Monitors, a truly, delightfully weird movie
16 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Oddball humor abound in this oddball take on the Cold War period. Second City did an uneven, but generally brilliant overall campy production, and watch for some interesting cameos (I won't spoil the surprises). I do recommend you watch this gem, which can be found still. It's definitely worth the search.

The supporting cast includes Larry Storch, Keenan Wynne, Ed Begley, and others. They work together in a synergy that really makes this movie pop, in a surreal, goofy way. If you like Dr Strangelove, for example, you would probably like this movie. Its still relevant today, 41 years later.


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