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Release Date:
16 September 1983 (USA) See more »
Of all the worlds in all the galaxies...why did they pick this one? See more »
Charlie's ex-wife disappears, and he travels to where she grew up--a rural town in the Midwest--to look for her... See more » | Add synopsis »
1 win & 6 nominations See more »
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Paul Le Mat ... Charles Bigelow

Nancy Allen ... Betty Walker

Diana Scarwid ... Margaret

Michael Lerner ... Willie Collins

Louise Fletcher ... Mrs. Benjamin

Wallace Shawn ... Earl
Fiona Lewis ... Waitress / Avon Lady

Kenneth Tobey ... Arthur Newman

June Lockhart ... Mrs. Bigelow

Charles Lane ... Professor Hollister
Lulu Sylbert ... Elizabeth
Joel Cohen ... Tim

Dan Shor ... Teen Boy (Prologue)

Dey Young ... Teen Girl (Prologue)

Jack Kehler ... Gas Station Attendant

Mark Goddard ... Detective

Thomas Kopache ... State Trooper
Bobby Pickett ... Editor
Connie Kellers ... Connie
Nancy Johnson ... Stewardess #1
Betsy Pickering ... Stewardess #2
Jonathan Ulmer ... Room Service Waiter
Ron Gillham ... First Alien
Al Roberts ... Man in Dark Glasses
Edwina Follows ... Nurse
Patti Medwid ... Room Service Waitress
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bill Condon ... National Informer man in doorway (uncredited)
George Hollo ... Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Laughlin 
Writing credits
Bill Condon (screenplay) (as William Condon) &
Michael Laughlin (screenplay)

Bill Condon (story) (as William Condon) &
Michael Laughlin (story) and
Walter Halsey Davis (story) (as Walter Davis)

Produced by
Walter Coblenz .... producer
Joel Cohen .... associate producer
Richard Moore .... associate producer
Original Music by
John Addison 
Cinematography by
Louis Horvath (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John W. Wheeler 
Production Design by
Susanna Moore 
Art Direction by
Emad Helmy 
Mischa Petrow 
Set Decoration by
Gustave Meunier  (as Gus Meunier)
Costume Design by
Susanna Moore 
Makeup Department
Ken Brooke .... makeup artist
Barbara Guedel .... makeup artist: Nancy Allen
Strange Invadors .... prosthetic makeup artist
James Keeler .... hair stylist
Barbie Palmer .... prosthetic and special effects makeup
Barbie Palmer .... prosthetics makeup artist
Bill Sturgeon .... creature effects crew
Brian Wade .... special makeup effects artist
James Cummins .... special makeup effects designer (uncredited)
Production Management
Larry Benson .... production executive
Peter A. Runfolo .... production manager
Marilyn Stonehouse .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edwina Follows .... third assistant director
Christopher Griffin .... second assistant director
Alan Hopkins .... first assistant director
David McLeod .... second assistant director
David Shepherd .... first assistant director
James Cummins .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Dan Conley .... property master
Perri Gorrara .... trainee art director
Robert James .... assistant set decorator
Angelo Luezzi .... property master (as Angelo Leuzzi)
David Moon .... scenic artist
Walter Woloszczuk .... assistant props
Sound Department
Lon Bender .... supervising sound designer
Sandy Berman .... supervising sound editor
Neil Brody .... sound re-recording mixer
John Fundus .... boom operator
Herb Heritage .... boom operator
Peter Ilardi .... sound mixer
Michael Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
Linda Murphy .... recordist
Lauren Palmer .... dialogue editor
Jonathan Rosen .... special sound effects
Peter Shewchuk .... sound mixer
Robert Thirlwell .... sound re-recording mixer
Bob Newlan .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Lawrence E. Benson .... special effects
Luc Champagne .... alien effects
Martin Coblenz .... special effects
James Cummins .... special effects
Stephan Dupuis .... special effects
Emad Helmy .... special effects: space vehicles
Kenneth Jones .... special effects
Martin Malivoire .... special effects
Louise Mignault .... alien effects
John Muto .... special effects
Barbara Palmer .... alien effects
Margaret Prentice .... alien effects (as Margaret Bessara)
Robert Skotak .... special effects
Bill Sturgeon .... alien effects
Brian Wade .... alien effects
David Neil Trifunovich .... special effects on-set technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Christopher S. Baird .... visual effects
Chuck Comisky .... visual effects producer
Judith Evans .... visual effects
Eric Luke .... visual effects
Guy Marsden .... visual effects
Charlie McDanald .... visual effects
John Muto .... visual effects designer
Mark M. Pompian .... visual effects
Ted Rae .... visual effects
Dennis Skotak .... visual effects consultant
Robert Skotak .... visual effects consultant
Dan Smith .... visual effects
Jay Roth .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Davidson .... third grip (as John Davidson Jr.)
Tony Eldridge .... best boy
Ron Gillham .... key grip
Glen Goodchild .... second grip
Craig Haagensen .... first assistant camera
Chris Holmes .... gaffer
Sam Hughes .... lamp operator
Jay Kohne .... second assistant camera
Gordon Langevin .... first assistant camera
Herb Reischl Sr. .... generator operator (as Herb Reischl)
Robert Saad .... camera operator (as Bob Saad)
Shin Sugino .... still photographer
Ronald Vidor .... camera operator
Zoltan Vidor .... cinematographer: New York unit
James B. Wood .... fourth grip (as James Wood)
Catharine Bushnell .... still photographer: New York (uncredited)
Casting Department
Ellen Chenoweth .... casting consultant
Linda Francis .... casting consultant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Linda Matheson .... wardrobe
Mary McCready .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Florence Williamson .... assistant editor
Music Department
Ken Wilhoit .... music editor
Dan Wallin .... score mixer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Jim Kennedy .... driver captain
Other crew
Michael Brownstone .... location manager
Claudia Duffy .... assistant to producer
Prudence Emery .... unit publicist
Alice Ferrier .... production coordinator
Diane Foti .... location consultant
Melissa Goddard .... production assistant
Edythe Hall .... accountant
Ken Jones .... technical director
Declan Kavanagh .... production coordinator (as Declan Kavanaugh)
Dena Maheras .... production assistant
Blanche McDermaid .... script supervisor
Andrea Poulis .... secretary
Daria Price .... script supervisor
Jane Raab .... production office coordinator
Pattee Roedig .... bond representative
David Skutch .... production assistant
William C. Snyder .... production accountant
Henry J. Golas .... alien effects unit (uncredited)
Joe Beserra .... special thanks
Jules Plourde .... special thanks

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UK:92 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Actors Mel Gibson and Powers Boothe were suggested by the two studios to play the lead character of Charles Bigelow which in the end was cast with Paul Le Mat.See more »
Continuity: The red truck at the beginning of the movie that has the teenage couple in it keeps changing. The wooden side rails on the truck box disappear and reappear.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.See more »
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Lotsa fun and some real thrills, 23 April 2013
Author: ctomvelu1 from United States

I reviewed this clever tribute to low-budget 1950s sci=fi flicks (most notably "Invaders From Mars") some years ago. Having just watched it again, I felt compelled to write it up one more time. The people who put this charming cult classic together definitely knew what they were doing: A big city college teacher (LeMat) goes searching for his missing ex-wife in a rural Midwest town, only to discover the town is populated by what appear to be very hostile aliens (for one thing, they love blowing up cars). The professor learns the aliens took over the town in the late 1950s, with our government's permission. One of the great gags in this delightful movie is that, 25 years later, nothing has changed in the occupied town. It's still full of hayseeds and sock hops and hideous American-made monster mobiles. A tabloid journalist (Allen) joins the professor in his search, and all hell breaks loose as the aliens attempt to keep their identity a secret. The supporting cast is populated by award-winning actors like Louise Fletcher, doing a variation on her legendary Nurse Wratchet (around the same time, she also appeared in a spoofy remake of "Invaders From Mars"), and Michael Lerner, whose woebegone character has lost his wife and kids to the aliens and has been locked away in the funny farm. The movie was clearly shot on a shoestring, with poor sound quality and way too many single takes (watch the little boy at the end put his right arm around his dad for a split second before dropping it and staring off-camera at what probably was one of his real-life parents). But the film also exhibits a unique charm and features some truly unnerving moments (dig the "Evil Dead" bit when the professor's dog, now a captive of the aliens, appears to rush back and forth past the professor on a lonely road, unseen but definitely there via incredible sound effects and unusual camera work. Also, some of the other effects are extremely satisfying in their crude way, such as a series of glowing orbs that hold the captive humans and the aliens' spaceship. Plus, the story's pace never slackens. There's something going on every second of this movie; there ain't no padding. The ending is utter hokum, but intentionally so, I suspect.

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