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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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Sid Hogenson
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José Angel Santana ...
Goon #1 (as José Santana)
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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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Opening Weekend:

$3,326,530 (USA) (20 December 1987)

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$32,945,797 (USA)
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Trivia

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 »

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

Faye Riley: [to Construction Worker] You wanna sleep over? Why don't you call your mommy and tell her where you'll be.
Gus: Um, no thanks, Mrs. Riley, I can't tonight.
Gus: [to Carlos] Hey Bobby, wanna go out and play?
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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 Community: Intro to Political Science (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

LET'S HAVE ANOTHER CUP OF COFFEE
by Irving Berlin
Performed by Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn
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This movie is for the whole family to enjoy
19 March 2003 | by (Northridge, California) – See all my reviews

I like this movie a lot. Without getting too corny, I would even go out on a limb and say that it's a bit magical. It's a feel good movie that doesn't get too sentimental or campy. The cast does a average job with their average roles. Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn do a good job as the feisty tenants that wouldn't move out. The DVD release of this movie really doesn't have any extras so if you can score it cheap on video then I suggest you do so. That's what I did anyway. Spielberg proves once again that he is the master of the family movie. Interesting and heartwarming for the adults, special effects and fun for the kids. Bottom Line: This movie isn't really looked upon as a classic or anything but it's good to have on the shelf to watch every once and awhile.


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