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*batteries not included (1987)

Apartment block tenants seek the aid of alien mechanical life-forms to save their building from demolition.

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Storyline

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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18 December 1987 (USA)  »

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Milagro en la calle 8  »

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$32,945,797 (USA)
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Trivia

In a way, the film is like a present day western, but with a science fiction element: Lacey, a greedy and corrupt developer is using Carlos and his street gang to harass Frank, Faye and the tenants of the apartment building, in order to evict them, so the apartment building can be demolished. The flying saucers arrive and they decide to aid the tenants against Lacey. When Lacey's scheme is foiled - the flying saucers decide not to stay and moves on and fly back into outer space. See more »

Goofs

When Carlos is talking to Mr. Lacy behind the model of Mr. Lacy's construction plans you can see that the old apartment building is part of the model. As if it was part of Mr. Lacy's construction plan. See more »

Quotes

Harry: We bring good things to life!
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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 »

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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Bingo (2015) See more »

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LET'S HAVE ANOTHER CUP OF COFFEE
by Irving Berlin
Performed by Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn
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Good, escapist fun
13 October 1999 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

This is a fun movie if you're not looking for heavy philosophy and just want some bubblegum for the eyes. Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy are brilliant - he as the husband who's watching his wife's mind deteriorate, she as the "living in the past" wife. My favourite part is when Carlos walks into the hut on top of the building. The expression on his face when he comes out is priceless.


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