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*batteries not included (1987)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Family  |  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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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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Elizabeth Pena (Marisa) passed away on October 14, 2014, 25 years after Michael Carmine's (Carlos) death on October 14, 1989. 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 »


Harry: Batteries not included.
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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 Mad: Super 80's/Captain America's Got Talent (2011) See more »


by Irving Berlin
Performed by Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn
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A charming little movie
18 July 2001 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

While I realize that this movie has been blasted as being one of Spielberg's low points, it does have it's strongpoints.

First and foremost, this movie contains stronger characters (and places more emphasis on them) than most popcorn movies of today. If only a movie like TOMB RAIDER or MUMMY RETURNS (or even CATS & DOGS) were to pay as much attention to characterization!

The sci-fi elements, while cheesy, actually serve a purpose, and work quite well within the framework of the story. It's essentially a feature-length episode of "AMAZING STORIES."

Ultimately, this is a small movie with a small scope and intimate feel. Is it dated? Yes. Is it perfect? No. But it is a charming little movie that might be worth a second look.

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