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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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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)  »

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Milagro en la calle 8  »

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$32,945,797 (USA)
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Trivia

In a way, the film is like a present day western, but with a science fiction element: Lacey, a greedy and corrupt developer is using Carlos and his street gang to harass Frank, Faye and the tenants of the apartment building, in order to evict them, so the apartment building can be demolished. The flying saucers arrive and they decide to aid the tenants against Lacey. When Lacey's scheme is foiled - the flying saucers decide not to stay and moves on and fly back into outer space. See more »

Goofs

When the two machines first appear in the Riley apartment, the toaster is plugged into different sockets. In the first shot, it's in the bottom socket. In the second, the top socket. See more »

Quotes

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 »

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Referenced in The Cobbler (2014) 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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Excellent, light hearted science fiction
4 June 2003 | by (Hastings, England) – See all my reviews

This film does, as suggested, bear semlence to Cocoon, however it contains a far richer storyline and a generally superior level of acting. This film while not specifically being a comedy tells a relativly amusing story of a group of residents of an old building, targeted for demolition, visited by alien 'devices' (the nature of which remain undisclosed throughout), who help them by fixing everything in their path in exchange for some power and spare parts. As for the level of comedy, well it depends on your sense of humour, I certainly found the funny bits, well, funny, and not in the usual 'in your face' american comedy style.


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