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Director:
Writers:
Mick Garris (story)
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Release Date:
18 December 1987 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Five ordinary people needed a miracle. Then one night, Faye Riley left the window open.
Plot:
Apartment block tenants seek the aid of alien mechanical life-forms to save their building from demolition. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
This isn't a Spielberg movie. It's a live-action Pixar movie! See more (61 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Hume Cronyn ... Frank Riley

Jessica Tandy ... Faye Riley

Frank McRae ... Harry Noble

Elizabeth Peña ... Marisa Esteval

Michael Carmine ... Carlos

Dennis Boutsikaris ... Mason Baylor

Tom Aldredge ... Sid Hogenson
Jane Hoffman ... Muriel Hogenson
John DiSanti ... Gus

John Pankow ... Kovacs
MacIntyre Dixon ... DeWitt

Michael Greene ... Lacey

Doris Belack ... Mrs. Thompson

Wendy Schaal ... Pamela
José Angel Santana ... Goon #1 (as José Santana)

James Le Gros ... Goon #2 (as James LeGros)
Ronald L. Schwary ... Louie (as Ronald Schwary)
Susan Shoffner ... Receptionist

Shelly Kurtz ... Policeman at Hospital
Joe Hamer ... Policeman at Building (as Joseph Hamer)
H. Clay Dear ... Policeman #2 at Building
Howard Renensland ... Reporter #1

Judy Grafe ... Reporter #2

Alice Beardsley ... Nurse
Dick Martinsen ... Fireman
Charles Raymond ... Hector, Father of Marisa's child
Riki Colon ... Band Member #1
Jon Imparato ... Band Member #2
David Vasquez ... Band Member #3
John Arceri ... Chauffeur
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lorenzo Gaspar ... Construction Worker (uncredited)

Luis Guzmán ... Bystander (uncredited)

Directed by
Matthew Robbins 
 
Writing credits
Mick Garris (story by)

Brad Bird (screenplay by) &
Matthew Robbins (screenplay by) and
Brent Maddock (screenplay by) &
S.S. Wilson (screenplay by)

Produced by
Kathleen Kennedy .... executive producer
Frank Marshall .... executive producer
Gerald R. Molen .... associate producer
Ronald L. Schwary .... producer
Steven Spielberg .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
James Horner 
 
Cinematography by
John McPherson (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Cynthia Scheider 
 
Casting by
Penny Perry 
 
Production Design by
Ted Haworth 
 
Art Direction by
Angelo P. Graham 
 
Set Decoration by
George R. Nelson 
 
Costume Design by
Aggie Guerard Rodgers 
 
Makeup Department
Susan Germaine .... key hair stylist
Tony Lloyd .... makeup artist
Susan Carol Schwary .... hair stylist (as Susan Carol)
Rick Sharp .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Joe Johnston .... production manager
Ted Kurdyla .... unit manager
Gerald R. Molen .... unit production manager
Arthur F. Repola .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sally Andrews .... DGA trainee: second unit
Bruce Cohen .... second assistant director
Jann Dutmer .... first assistant director: second unit
Lewis Gould .... first assistant director: second unit
Jerry Grandey .... first assistant director
Joe Johnston .... second unit director
Ken Ornstein .... second assistant director
Stephen Wertimer .... second assistant director: second unit (as Steve Wertimer)
 
Art Department
John Bell .... storyboard artist
Paul J. Campanella .... stand-by painter
Ed Larkin .... construction grip
David Lowery .... storyboard artist
David L. McGuire .... set dresser
Larry McGuire .... lead man
Ralph McQuarrie .... conceptual artist
James J. Murakami .... assistant art director (as Jim Murakami)
Bruno Robotti .... charge scenic artist
Paul Rylander .... assistant property master
Ken Scaife .... general foreman
Robert Scaife .... construction coordinator
Alex Scutti Jr. .... plasterer
Terry Shugrue .... second assistant property master
Edward Swanson .... chief carpenter
John Villarino .... general foreman
Steven Westlund .... property master
Clyde Zimmerman .... paint foreman
Joseph Alfieri .... carpenter (uncredited)
Greg Knapp .... construction medic (uncredited)
Andrew Probert .... concept/storyboard artist (uncredited)
Mark Sparks .... propmaker (uncredited)
Drew Struzan .... poster artist (uncredited)
Mike Villarino .... propmaker (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Gene S. Cantamessa .... sound mixer
Steve Cantamessa .... boom operator
Michael C. Casper .... re-recording mixer
Kim Costalupes .... assistant sound effects editor
Doreen A. Dixon .... supervising adr editor
Mark Gordon .... sound editor
Mark Jennings .... cable person
William L. Manger .... sound editor
Tom C. McCarthy .... spaceship sounds
Tom C. McCarthy .... supervising sound editor
Bob Minkler .... re-recording mixer
Michael P. Redbourn .... sound editor
Louis Rivera .... assistant sound effects editor
Tanya Sharp David .... adr mixer
Ian Underwood .... spaceship sounds
Bill Varney .... supervising sound re-recording mixer
Don S. Walden .... sound editor
Burton Weinstein .... spaceship sounds
Paul J. Zydel .... adr mixer
James Ashwill .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Jeffrey Kaplan .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Connie Brink .... special effects
Danny Lester .... special effects
Harold McConnell Jr. .... special effects
Ken Pepiot .... special effects supervisor
Al Wininger .... special effects
Bill Traynor .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
David Allen .... rod puppet/stop motion supervisor: ILM
Craig Barron .... matte photography supervisor
Patricia Blau .... special visual effects
Patricia Blau .... visual effects manager
Marty Brenneis .... model maker
Wade Childress .... matte photography
Donald Clark .... optical camera operator
Robert Cooper .... chief puppeteer (as Bob Cooper)
Robert Cooper .... special visual effects (as Bob Cooper)
Dick Dova .... stage technician
John Ellis .... optical supervisor: ILM
Chrissie England .... production supervisor: ILM
Chrissie England .... special visual effects
Nicholas J. Esposto .... model maker
Christopher Evans .... matte painting supervisor
Ellen Ferguson .... rotoscope artist
Warren Franklin .... general manager: ILM
Warren Franklin .... special visual effects
Joe Fulmer .... head stage technician
Michael Gleason .... special visual effects (as Mike Gleason)
Michael Gleason .... visual effects editor (as Mike Gleason)
Ralph Gordon .... optical line-up
Caroleen Green .... matte artist
Joanne Hafner .... rotoscope artist
James Hagedorn .... optical camera operator
Sandy Houston .... roto artist
Tony Hudson .... puppeteer: ILM
Peg Hunter .... optical line-up
Gregory Jein .... model construction
Steven Kosakura .... motion control camera operator
Tad Krzanowski .... model mechanical supervisor
Tad Krzanowski .... special visual effects
Jack Mongovan .... rotoscope artist
Rodney Morgan .... model maker
Charlie Mullen .... animation camera operator
Charlie Mullen .... special visual effects
Bruce Nicholson .... visual effects supervisor
Jeff Olson .... model maker
Lorne Peterson .... model shop supervisor
Lorne Peterson .... special visual effects
Mark Setrakian .... model maker
Tom St. Amand .... go-motion animator
Peter Stolz .... stage technician
Marc Thorpe .... model maker
Bruce Vecchitto .... optical line-up
Jeffrey Wilkins .... model maker
Nelson Cabrera .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
Peter Daulton .... visual effects cameraman (uncredited)
Timothy Eaton .... assistant visual effects editor (uncredited)
Steve Gawley .... model maker (uncredited)
Ian Hiebert .... visual effects production assistant (uncredited)
Ira Keeler .... model maker (uncredited)
Crit Killen .... stop-motion animation (uncredited)
Jay Riddle .... motion control operator (uncredited)
Thomas Rosseter .... motion control camera assistant (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Denise Amirante .... stunts
Kenny Bates .... stunts (as Ken Bates)
Jerry Brutsche .... stunts
Harold Burns .... stunts
Dick Hancock .... stunts
Steve Kelso .... stunts
Thomas Rosales Jr. .... stunt coordinator
Thomas Rosales Jr. .... stunts
Tom Sierchio .... stunts
Alex Stevens .... stunts
Gerard G. Williams .... stunts (as Gerard Williams)
Lila Finn .... stunt double: Jessica Tandy (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Stewart Barbee .... camera operator
Ron Batzdorff .... still photographer
Terry Chostner .... camera operator
Peter Daulton .... camera operator
Don Duffield .... key grip
Selwyn Eddy .... camera operator
Ray Gilberti .... assistant camera
Louis Goldman .... still photographer
Bob Griffith .... best boy
David Hanks .... assistant camera (as Dave Hanks)
Connie Holt .... assistant chief lighting technician
Ted Holt .... gaffer
Craig Hosoda .... assistant camera
Billy Kerwick .... grip
Richard C. Kratina .... director of photography: second unit
Norman G. Langley .... camera operator (as Norm Langley)
David Lindeman .... second assistant camera: second unit
Gary Muller .... co-first assistant camera
Hank Muller .... first assistant camera
Reggie Newkirk .... first assistant camera
Peter Norman .... camera operator
Michael Orefice .... rigging gaffer
Richard Quinlan .... chief lighting technician
Ed Quinn .... key grip
Martin Rosenberg .... assistant camera
Pat Sweeney .... camera operator
Mike Tapp .... dolly grip
Mitchell Block .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Raymond Fortune .... electrician (uncredited)
Randy Jonsson .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Thomas Landi .... electrician (uncredited)
Jim Shelton .... grip: second unit, Los Angeles (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Timothy Björklund .... animator (as Tim Berglund)
John Hays .... animator
Nick Stern .... animator
Wes Takahashi .... animator
Sean Turner .... animator
 
Casting Department
Mickie McGowan .... voice casting
Mae Williams .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Thomas Costich .... costume supervisor
Sue Moore .... costumer: women
Laurie Riley .... costumer: men
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Sydney Urshan .... wardrobe consultant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Elizabeth Canney .... first assistant editor
Patrick Crane .... apprentice editor
Phil Downey .... color timer
Robert Yamamoto .... assistant editor
 
Location Management
Thalia Harithas .... location assistant (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Else Blangsted .... supervising music editor
James Flamberg .... music editor
Billy May .... orchestrator
Greig McRitchie .... orchestrator
Shawn Murphy .... score mixer
Ellen Segal .... assistant music editor
James Horner .... conductor (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Bill Gray .... transportation coordinator
Tom Marshall .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Kate Barker .... assistant: Ms. Kennedy
Dennis T. Benatar .... production assistant
Nicholas Bernstein .... production assistant (as Nick Bernstein)
Salvatore Carino .... production assistant
Michael Crane .... lab consultant
Kathleen Gallagher .... assistant production accountant
Robert Garcia Jr. .... production assistant
Iris Hedrick .... assistant production accountant
Cynthia Henrich-Woodbyrne .... production assistant
Paul Huston .... additional spaceship designer
Katie Jewitt-Spillman .... production assistant
Harriette Kanew .... production coordinator
Joe Litto .... production assistant
John A. Machione .... assistant auditor
Judith Marlin .... assistant: Mr. Robbins
Ralph McQuarrie .... spaceship designer
David Clayton Miller .... production assistant (as D. Clayton Miller)
Leanne Moore .... production accountant
Julie Moskowitz .... assistant: Mr. Spielberg
Brian Pulido .... production assistant
Bonne Radford .... production controller (as Bonnie Radford)
Mary T. Radford .... assistant: Mr. Marshall
Lata Ryan .... production coordinator
Christine A. Sacani .... production assistant
Marshall Schlom .... script supervisor
Brian Steward .... production associate
Heidi Strom .... script supervisor: second unit
Diana Tinkley .... assistant: Mr. Schwary
Carole Wattles .... assistant production accountant
Nancy Willen .... unit publicist
Linn Zuckerman .... craft service
Evelyn Fitzgerald .... production assistant: New York (uncredited)
Daniel Wheatcroft .... studio executive (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
106 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The black and white photos of Frank and Faye used in the opening credits, were real-life photos of Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy, who were married for decades.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Pamela:And to think I've been telling my friends it's so cool living with an artist. You never once asked to paint me nude!See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Fly (1986)See more »
Soundtrack:
LET'S HAVE ANOTHER CUP OF COFFEESee more »

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
This isn't a Spielberg movie. It's a live-action Pixar movie!, 11 July 2007
Author: Nathan Strong from United States

I must admit, I was a kid when this movie came out, but I never saw it as a kid. I watched it for the first time today--with 20 intervening years since the film came out. And I think that perspective shines a new light into this old chestnut.

If you'll look at the writing credits, you'll notice that the head writer is none other than one Brad Bird, who today works for Pixar. *Batteries Not Included might be sappy for a Spielberg flick, but it is right on target for Brad Bird. Rather than comparing it to E.T. or Cocoon, this movie is more properly compared to The Iron Giant and Toy Story--two movies that successfully bring out the humanity in inanimate objects.

If this movie came out in 2007 instead of 1987, you'd probably see a Pixar logo on the trailer. For now, just pretend it's computer animated and enjoy the show!

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