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Purple People Eater (1988)

 -  Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi  -  December 1988 (USA)
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A kid plays the old novelty song "Purple People Eater" and the creature actually appears. The two then proceed to help an elderly couple who are being evicted by their greedy landlord.

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A kid plays the old novelty song "Purple People Eater" and the creature actually appears. The two then proceed to help an elderly couple who are being evicted by their greedy landlord.

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The actor who plays the role of Harry Skinner in this film, Sheb Wooley, is the man who first recorded and popularized the song "Purple People Eater" in 1958. See more »

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Billy Johnson: Grandpa, what's it like to die?
Grandpa: [pause] I don't know, son.
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Classic kids' film based after the 1950's song
14 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Purple People Eater is such a fun movie for kids and if you watched it first when you weren't a kid, you will never quite get how good it is. The original Sheb Wooley novelty song has sold over 100 million copies and the film is as classic and funky as the original song. The film is low budget but taps into kids' imagination.

Director Linda Shayne cast Shelley Winters, Ned Beatty, Little Richard, Chubby Checker, Peggy Lipton in this low budget movie with heart. The movie also stars kids who were unknown at the time, including Neil Patrick Harris and Thora Birch, who won a Youth In Film Award for her first performance in a feature film.

The soundtrack for the film has classic 1950's songs in it, including Little Richard's "Good Golly Miss Molly." I loved this movie as a kid and my son is enjoying it now.


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