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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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Trivia

Jessica Tandy was not considered for an Oscar nomination for her performance as Faye Riley, due to Tandy's realistic portrayal of a elderly woman suffering from dementia. See more »

Goofs

When Carlos is in the cellar, he swings an ax at a glass panel in the door, making one large white crack. In the next shot there are two white cracks in the glass. The cracks change between shots as well. See more »

Quotes

Carlos: [seeing a floating tray of hamburgers] What the hell is that?
Faye Riley: Oh it's them. The little guys. My little munchkins.
Carlos: You stay away from me! You're not fooling anybody! Crazy my ass!
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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 »

Connections

Featured in Muppet Babies: Muppets Not Included (1988) 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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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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