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They Live (1988)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Horror  |  4 November 1988 (USA)
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A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth.

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Nada, a down-on-his-luck construction worker, discovers a pair of special sunglasses. Wearing them, he is able to see the world as it really is: people being bombarded by media and government with messages like "Stay Asleep", "No Imagination", "Submit to Authority". Even scarier is that he is able to see that some usually normal-looking people are in fact ugly aliens in charge of the massive campaign to keep humans subdued. Written by Melissa Portell <mportell@s-cwis.unomaha.edu>

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"I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass...and I'm all out of bubblegum." See more »


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John Carpenter's They Live  »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$13,008,928 (USA)
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(4 channels)

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2.35 : 1
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Roddy Piper, being a married man at the time of filming, refused to take his wedding band off. That's why in several scenes you can see a wedding ring on. See more »

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As Nada and Frank run through the TV station, a man in a gray suit quickly turns the corner. A moment later, the same man turns the corner again. See more »

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[Dollar Note with subliminal message]: THIS IS YOUR GOD
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Rock of Ages
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Music by Thomas Hastings
Lyrics by Augustus Montague Toplady
Heard as one of the songs played on the church tape
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Classic from my youth
15 June 2005 | by (Perth, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

I remember first seeing They Live when I was 10 and I totally fell in love with this film. How could a ten year old not? There's wrestlers, aliens and a plot to take over the world. My friends and I quoted this film for weeks on end with the Bubble gum and kicking @$$ line being a favourite among all. The only real complaint that I have about the film is that the aliens when finally revealed are far too human. They basically look like a skeleton with bug eyes. Not a whole lot of energy seemed to go into their design. While They Live will never be remembered as a film that redefined the way films were made, it still to this day holds a place in my heart as one of the films that just defines your youth. It is fun, action packed and has just enough cool storyline to keep you interested from start to finish.


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