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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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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 Harry Noble's back-story: Harry is a former professional boxer who retired, after suffering brain damage and became a reclusive handyman and turned to a nonviolent philosophy. See more »


During a far shot of the building burning, a group of people are backing up towards the camera. One of these men hit the camera and you can see the camera slightly shake, the man then looks at the camera with the corner of his eye. See more »


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 »


Referenced in Mad: Super 80's/Captain America's Got Talent (2011) See more »


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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