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*batteries not included (1987)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Family  |  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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Elizabeth Pena (Marisa) passed away on October 14, 2014, 25 years after Michael Carmine's (Carlos) death on October 14, 1989. See more »


When Carlos throws Frank Riley out his café and starts smashing it up, Frank gets up from the floor, then runs to the café window to look inside. You can see a boom mic reflected in the window. See more »


Marissa: Someone was in my room.
Mason: Yeah mine too. I think we got elves.
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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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by Irving Berlin
Performed by Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn
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This movie is for the whole family to enjoy
19 March 2003 | by (Northridge, California) – See all my reviews

I like this movie a lot. Without getting too corny, I would even go out on a limb and say that it's a bit magical. It's a feel good movie that doesn't get too sentimental or campy. The cast does a average job with their average roles. Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn do a good job as the feisty tenants that wouldn't move out. The DVD release of this movie really doesn't have any extras so if you can score it cheap on video then I suggest you do so. That's what I did anyway. Spielberg proves once again that he is the master of the family movie. Interesting and heartwarming for the adults, special effects and fun for the kids. Bottom Line: This movie isn't really looked upon as a classic or anything but it's good to have on the shelf to watch every once and awhile.

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