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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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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)  »

Also Known As:

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

The opening montage shows pictures of Frank Riley in a Navy uniform circa World War 2. Later in the movie when his wife pulls out his pocket watch it has a leather fob attached with a gold anchor with a silver "USN" on it, signifying Frank achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer during his time in the service. See more »

Goofs

During a far shot of the building burning, a group of people are backing up towards the camera. One of these men hit the camera and you can see the camera slightly shake, the man then looks at the camera with the corner of his eye. See more »

Quotes

Faye Riley: Frank! It's the love boat to Cuba! Shuffle board and pineapples filled with rum. Know what they do? They put little paper umbrellas sticking out the top so that when it rains, it don't thin out the liquor.
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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 »

Connections

References The Love Boat (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

LET'S HAVE ANOTHER CUP OF COFFEE
by Irving Berlin
Performed by Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn
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22 November 2001 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

This movie sticks out of my memory from my childhood, because I remember it as a heart-warming tale, touching and tender. Today, I still like it, it continues to be a sweet story about ordinary people who find the extraordinary. Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn are very good, and make the acting juice of this movie. Liked it, and am still able to see it anytime!


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