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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 overview, first billed only:
Tersh Jeterax
J.J. Barry ...
Martin Harvey Friedberg ...
Sid Grossfeld ...
Gate Guard
Burt Heyman ...
Helen Malone ...
Mrs. Jordan
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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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. See more »


Comedy | Sci-Fi


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8 October 1969 (USA)  »

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Os Monitores  »

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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 »


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


Colonel Stutz: [disguised as a preacher] Believe in the Monitors or the Heavens will open up and rain down horned toads, warted frogs, and all sorts of slimy, scaled yellow monsters.
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Edited from Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916) See more »


Voice of the Flower
Music by Fred Kaz
Lyrics by Sandy Holt
Sung by Odetta
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14 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

I've begun to wonder if there are more than a few hundred people on earth who remembered Keith Laumer at all...but now I KNOW there aren't more than a few hundred people...

THE MONITORS is a sloppy movie (as befits the era it was made in, where people sometimes went against convention simply because it WAS convention), but the basic humor and theme are definitely still timely. Whoever owns this is a fool for not releasing it on DVD as a cult film.

However, if I had 10 or 20 million to make a film with, I wouldn't re-make what is actually one of Laumer's more minor works. I would commit Keith Laumer's greatest literary creation to celluloid; something that should have been done long ago.

Or is there no one left out there who remembers Jame Retief of the Corps Diplomatique Terrestrienne?

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