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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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Guy Stockwell ...
Harry Jordan
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Barbara Cole
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P.A. Stutz
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Max Jordan
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Mona
Shepperd Strudwick ...
Tersh Jeterax
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The General
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The 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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Os Monitores  »

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Trivia

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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There is a red hand-held fire extinguisher visible in Harry's car on the passenger floorboard at around 8:40 into the movie when he's driving through the city. See more »

Quotes

Max: I'm a butterfly.
Harry: You are NOT a butterfly.
Max: I WAS a butterfly. Now I'm a paisley shawl.
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References Battleship Potemkin (1925) See more »

Soundtracks

Voice of the Flower
Music by Fred Kaz
Lyrics by Sandy Holt
Sung by Odetta
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Extraordinary
7 December 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film bounces between being yet another stupid sixties oddity, to an almost forgotten work of sheer genius.

There are moments where you'll question whether the cast or crew were on some dodgy medication, and others where you'll think "blimey. That's not too bad." Some of the elements are high comedy - for example one character uses a variety of items (melon, whipping cream, french stick) from a shopping basket in a fight scene, but at the same time the film maintains a certain darkness. The monitors come across as perhaps the most polite but menacing characters seen for a long time.

Worth your time.


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