*batteries not included (1987)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Family, Fantasy  |  18 December 1987 (USA)
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Apartment block tenants seek the aid of alien mechanical life-forms to save their building from demolition.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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MacIntyre Dixon ...
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Doris Belack ...
José Angel Santana ...
Goon #1 (as José Santana)


A group of tenants in an apartment block are being forced to move out so that it can be demolished. The tenants are reluctant to move, so the developers hire a local gang to 'persuade' them to leave. Fortunately, visiting alien mechanical life-forms come to town. When they befriend the tenants, the aliens use their extraterrestrial abilities to defeat the developers. Written by Rob Hartill

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Five ordinary people needed a miracle. Then one night, Faye Riley left the window open.


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Release Date:

18 December 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Milagro en la calle 8  »

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$32,945,797 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Originally intended to be a story featured in the TV series Amazing Stories (1985). Steven Spielberg liked the idea so much he decided to make it a theatrical release. See more »


When the two machines first appear in the Riley apartment, the toaster is plugged into different sockets. In the first shot, it's in the bottom socket. In the second, the top socket. See more »


Faye Riley: Bobby!
Carlos: Hey, Lady, my name's not Bobby!
Faye Riley: Well excuse me! Robert. Um...
Carlos: Shut up!
Mason: Hey!
Carlos: Okay, I saw downstairs. Who's been cleaning up after me?
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, pictures of young Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy are shown. This includes their actual wedding photo, since the actors (who often play a married couple on stage or in the movies) were married for decades. See more »


Referenced in The Troop: Batteries Not Included (2010) See more »


by Irving Berlin
Performed by Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn
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A delightful, nostalgic trip..
17 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn stole the show, as is expected. However, the film is a very fun and nostalgic trip, the remaining cast getting the job done well. While it could use some development, the ideas present and the general whim about the film allow it to stand amongst other contemporary classics.

Naturally, the film also sports great production values, with Spielberg, Kennedy, and Marshall at it once again. Go see it.

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