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16 September 1983 (USA) 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 ... Prof. Hollister
Lulu Sylbert ... Elizabeth
Joel Cohen ... Tim

Dan Shor ... Teen Boy in Prologue

Dey Young ... Teen Girl in 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 ... (uncredited)
George Hollo ... Student (uncredited)
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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
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 Kavanaugh .... production coordinator
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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Second part of an incomplete trilogy, known as the "Strange Trilogy", by writer-director Michael Laughlin. The first part had been 1981's "Strange Behavior" aka "Dead Kids" [See: Strange Behavior (1981)].See more »
Continuity: As Willie starts down the stairs behind the church altar, he suddenly has a lighted cigar in his mouth.See more »
Betty Walker: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 »
Movie Connections:
References Oklahoma! (1955)See more »
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11 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Fun 80's treat for fans of nostalgic 50's Sci-Fi., 18 December 2005
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

"Strange Invaders" is a cheerful and likable 80's movie, regretfully forgotten these days because nowadays audiences don't understand the charm and inside jokes of authentic "Alien Invaders"-science fiction from the 1950's. This movie is one giant spoof/tribute to wonderful films such as "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" and "Invaders from Mars", but the screenplay is intelligent enough to add new and surprisingly original twists of its own. We have the typical remote American town – Centerville, Illinois – getting colonized by hideous aliens that take over the identities of the locals and examine the earthly life-style in the meantime. The ingenious elements in the script are, however, that this whole invasion-project was seemly approved by the government AND that the aliens never evolved after they landed on our planet. Centerville still looks like a swinging 50's town, with jukeboxes, old cars and traditional dress codes. University professor Charles Bigelow teams up with a gossip-journalist Betty Walker to investigate the town's bizarre secret. "Strange Invaders" is well-directed by Michael Laughlin ("Dead Kids") and cleverly co-written by Bill Condon. There's very few gore, which is a good thing, but the special effects are definitely not bad with a couple of adorable space-ship designs and the aliens' inventive method to "cristalyze" people. The acting performances are vivid, with Paul LeMat ("American Graffiti) and Nancy Allen ("Carrie", "Dressed to Kill"). The supportive cast is even better with spirited roles from Michael Lerner, Diana Scarwid and the wonderful Louise Fletcher, once again as the mean shrew. The happy-ending is somewhat lame and far too Disney/Steven Spielberg-like, but I suppose that's forgivable. Good, cheesy and nostalgic 80's entertainment.

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