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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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Muriel Hogenson
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DeWitt
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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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,326,530, 20 December 1987, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$32,945,797

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$65,088,797
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 see a theater marquee of The Fly (1986), which was later released while the film was in production. See more »

Goofs

When the space machines enter the Riley's apartment the first machine sees the electrical plug in the kitchen which has the toaster plugged into the bottom plug. When the second machine crashes on the kitchen counter the toaster is now plugged into the top plug. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Take Me Home Tonight (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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when you are desperate you always wish for..

There is always hope when people are in desperate need of help. Either it may come from the heaven or may not be. But the film is not just with the hope. Its beauty is with characters it has. The mad woman and her husband, the pregnant girl left by the boyfriend, the artist left by the girl friend and a rowdy who is an orphan and longing for somebody who can say "bobbie my little boy". I like it very much. I loved the movie when I was a school going boy ten years ago. I like it the same way now too.


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