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The Monitors (1969)

Earthlings chafe at the peace established by a benevolent alien race and set about to rebel.

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Cast

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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
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Tersh Jeterax
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The General
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The President
J.J. Barry ...
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Martin Harvey Friedberg ...
Newt
Sid Grossfeld ...
Gate Guard
Burt Heyman ...
Fink
Helen Malone ...
Mrs. Jordan
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Exercise Chief
Murphy Dunne ...
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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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The Wildest Film Since "Birth of a Nation" See more »

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Comedy | Sci-Fi

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8 October 1969 (USA)  »

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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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

President: The Monitors have a vision - no doubt about it - but, like most missionaries, they just don't understand why people for whom they do so much good don't appreciate it.
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Connections

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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Oddball flick
20 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

This used to turn up at 3AM on those stations you had to stick a coat hanger in the back of your TV to get semi-clearly, but I haven't seen it crop up in twenty years now. Aliens conquer the Earth, but the twist is that they bring peace and prosperity and the population rebels against it. Based on a book by Keith Laumer one of the movies more memorable moments are the recurring commercials promoting the Monitors that begin with a chorus singing "the moooo-nitors mmmm-mmmmmm....." Worth a look if you ever stumble across it.


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