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Strange Invaders (1983)

PG  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi  |  16 September 1983 (USA)
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Charlie's ex-wife disappears, and he travels to where she grew up--a rural town in the Midwest--to look for her. But, surprisingly, nobody knows about her or any of her many relatives, the ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Bigelow
Betty Walker
Willie Collins
Mrs. Benjamin
Fiona Lewis ...
Waitress / Avon Lady
Arthur Newman
Mrs. Bigelow
Professor Hollister
Lulu Sylbert ...
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Teen Boy (Prologue)
Teen Girl (Prologue)
Gas Station Attendant


Charlie's ex-wife disappears, and he travels to where she grew up--a rural town in the Midwest--to look for her. But, surprisingly, nobody knows about her or any of her many relatives, the Newmans. He meets aliens; but when he contacts the FBI, they don't believe him. He tells his story to a tabloid; and suddenly, he is chased by the aliens. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Extraños invasores  »

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A photograph of Steven Spielberg, famous at the time this film was released for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), is seen in a file of photos of aliens at the Center for UFO Studies. See more »


Betty runs back to the hotel in the dark, then immediately heads down the fire escape with Charles. But when they get down to street level it is broad daylight. See more »


Betty Walker: Well, now that we're past this awkward 'getting to know you' phase, let me buy you a drink. Well, come back tomorrow - maybe we can find this photograph.
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With "American Graffiti"'s drag racer, "Carrie"'s creep, Christina Crawford, a certain character actor, and Nurse Ratched, just guess.
29 July 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

It's "Back to the Future" meets "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" when a woman goes to her hometown in the Midwest but doesn't return. Her husband (Paul LeMat) goes there and discovers that aliens took it over 25 years earlier with the government's complicity! To complicate things just a little further, we find out that "Men in Black" was right: the tabloids DO tell the truth (in this case, there's an article about a town getting taken over by aliens)! It's just neat seeing that when he goes there, everything still looks like the 1950s, and then no one believes him. But overall, how they develop the story is pretty interesting. Louise Fletcher seems to be channeling Nurse Ratched as the government bureaucrat trying to keep the alien takeover under wraps, and Nancy Allen plays her usual kind of role as the tabloid reporter who wrote about the alien takeover. But really neat is Michael Lerner as a man whose family got abducted by the aliens many years earlier.

Anyway, "Strange Invaders" shows that alien invasion movies can be really cool, especially since the aliens took on human form. You're sure to like it. Also starring Wallace Shawn and Charles Lane (who's now 101 years old and still going).

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