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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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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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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 »

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When Frank is showing the machine how to cook hamburgers on the grill, the full view shows three raw patties on the back of the griddle. But on the close-up, the machine starts to turn the patties and all patties have been cooked on one side. See more »

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Frank Riley: [to the robotic things] Welcome to America!
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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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References The Love Boat (1977) 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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Cute, sweet, funny and warm
14 June 2002 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

Okay, *batteries not included is not a great film. It's not meant to be! The makers of this movie were obviously not trying to win any awards, but make a sweet movie for all ages about love, acceptance, friendship and family.

Frank and Faye Riley (Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy)own the cafe that's located on the first floor of the building they live in. Among the other tenants is a former boxer (Frank McRae), a pregnant woman (Elizabeth Pena) and a starving artist (Dennis Boutsikaris). They band together and try to stop an angry developer (John Pankow) and his assistant (Michael Carmine (II)) out to run them from the building. They're assisted by some mechanical aliens and discover the meaning of forgiveness and family, acceptance and love.


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