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Mac and Me (1988)

An alien trying to escape from NASA is befriended by a wheelchair-bound boy.



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2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Janet Cruise
Michael Cruise
Courtney (as Katrina Caspary)
Lauren Stanley ...
Eric Cruise
Ivan J. Rado ...
Jack Jr
Jack Eiseman ...
Splatter Car Driver
Barbara Allyne Bennet ...
Richard Bravo ...
Mover #1
Gary Brockette ...
Doctor #2
Sherri Stone Butler ...
Checkout Girl


An alien trying to escape from NASA is befriended by a wheelchair-bound boy.

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How two boys worlds apart become the best of friends. See more »


PG | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 August 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mi amigo Mac  »

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Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)


$6,424,112 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Raymond Forchion was also in Flight of the Navigator (1986). Alan Silvestri composed the music for both films. See more »


In the McDonalds scene, drinks are handed out and one falls off the table. The cup is clearly empty. See more »


Michael Cruise: That thing I was telling you about, it's in the teddy suit.
Courtney: Oh, no way. He's so cute.
Michael Cruise: Yeah, real cute. Listen, those guys who are following us, they're here.
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Featured in Phelous & the Movies: Top 10 Phelous Moments 2012 (2013) See more »


Take Me, I'll Follow You
Performed by Bobby Caldwell
Music and Lyrics by Alan Silvestri and Bobby Caldwell
Produced by Alan Silvestri and Bobby Caldwell
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20 November 2003 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

While most of the comments made by other viewers deriding this movie are

accurate, does it really matter? It is just a very poorly made film. There is no more product placement than seen in many other films, but it is so poorly

integrated I can understand why people see it as obnoxious. The rest of the film is disjointed and many scenes are superfluous, but there are plenty of movies aimed at the family market that are just as objectionable. I enjoyed watching it on cable last night for the first time (if only to laugh at it), but I can see why kids may have enjoyed it. I remember when it was theatrically released during my

childhood. Yet even at that time it looked ridiculous, lacking the camp appeal it has now.

To respond to some of the site users who mentioned Alan Silvestri's score as

being well done. He is not a bad composer, but he blatantly rips off a lot of his own work (or recycles it), such as his most impressive score (Back to the

Future). Not to mention, he rips off bits from Jerry Goldsmith's score to Gremlins (Gizmo's accompanying whistling noises now provided by Mac). This proves

how little originality existed anywhere in this film.

I will agree with everyone that the aliens are awful looking: they are creepy, funny, and altogether unpleasant to see onscreen (even in clothing at the end of the film). As for the dance number, though it was ridiculous, the dancers were better than the majority of the actors in the film.

Small note: It seemed a little odd that the doctor pulled out a half-used bottle of sedatives from his pocket and gave one to the lead character after the ravine incident.

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