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Meet the Applegates (1990)

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Modeling themselves after an idyllic cookie-cutter suburban 1950's family, a colony of insects move from South America into the United States with the intent of getting access to the nation's nuclear resources.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard P. Applegate
Jane Applegate
Aunt Bea
Johnny Applegate (as Bobby Jacoby)
Camille Cooper ...
Sally Applegate (as Cami Cooper)
Greg Samson
Susan Barnes ...
Opal Withers
Adam Biesk ...
Vince Sampson
Dottie (as Savannah Smith Bouchér)
Sheriff Heidegger
Nita Samson
Philip Arthur Ross ...
Steven Robert Ross ...
Mark Bringelson ...
Rich Block, Family Bazaar Magazine
Chuck Lafont ...
Clem Shepherd


Giant preying mantis living in a south American jungle decide to move into suburban USA. Disguised as humans, the mantis are planning something.. Could it be connected to dad's job in the power station perhaps ?. One day the daughter mantis forgets WHAT she really is when she's with her boyfriend.. oops. Written by s jones

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The human race is about to be destroyed by people who wouldn't hurt a fly. See more »


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Release Date:

1 February 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Applegates  »

Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)


$485,772 (USA)

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Richard P. Applegate: It's imperative that we maintain a believable cover while I infiltrate and sabotage the nucular power plant.
Johnny Applegate: It's "nuclear," Dad.
Richard P. Applegate: Lesson number one: Most people say "nucular." Next time, get it right.
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dumb movie, but fun. Real fun.
17 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Meet The Applegates doesn't meet much intelligence, however, it is a fun movie to watch if you just want to watch, and not think. This is not a thinking movie, unless you are thinking "What were they thinking?" while you're watching this. This movie is weird, even to my standards. The whole idea of preying mantis going incognito as humans is disturbing enough. Ed Begley Jr, in spite of it all, actually makes this all worth watching, and I'm really shocked to be admitting this, but there is almost literally nothing else to see here. The ending just got a little too ridiculous for me. I want to warn you, even though Meet The Applegates is in general a comedy, there are a few yucky scenes ( I won't spoil any of them for you, that would spoil the fun...and that's all I can see that this movie was made. For fun!) So get your giant can of RAID ready, sit back, and enjoy meeting the Applegates.

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