*batteries not included (1987)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Family, Fantasy  |  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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Did You Know?


In the scene where Harry is running through Downtown New York with the youngest baby flying saucer. If you look carefully in the background, you can a theater marquee of "The Fly". The film was in production when "The Fly" was released on 15 August 1986. See more »


When Carlos escapes from the cellar after throwing Harry down the stairs, he tries the door to the main entrance which is locked. In the same scene, Harry beats Carlos up and throws him out of the door, however, Harry opens the door without ever using a key to unlock it. See more »


Pamela: It's old and depressing!
Mason: It's reality!
Pamela: This is the '80s! Nobody likes reality any more.
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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 Take Me Home Tonight (2011) See more »


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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