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Spaced Invaders (1990)

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Dimwitted Martians drop into a little Illinois town on the day that the local radio station happens to rebroadcast Orson Welles 1938 "War Of The Worlds".

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Douglas Barr ...
Sam
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Wrenchmuller
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Kathy
J.J. Anderson ...
Brian (Duck)
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Klembecker
Wayne Alexander ...
Vern
Fred Applegate ...
Russell
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Mrs. Vanderspool
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Ernestine
Ryan Goldstein ...
Sid Ghost (as Ryan Todd)
Barry O'Neill ...
Clown Kid
Adam Hansley ...
Pig Kid
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Radio Announcer
Rose Parenti ...
Old Wife
Glen Vernon ...
Old Guy #1
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Storyline

When one saucer of an invasion force has engine trouble, it lands on Earth. It happens to be Halloween and it happens the invaders are only about 4 feet tall. As the bumbling aliens wander around the countryside they are taken to be children and they make friends with two children, one of whom is the daughter of the sheriff. As their troubles mount (it's difficult for five aliens to conquer a world) they begin to give up their plans of conquest, but then there is that nasty killer robot. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Earth Will Never Be The Same! See more »


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Release Date:

27 April 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Martians!!!  »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$15,369,573 (USA)
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Trivia

Many of the special effects shots were done "in camera". Meaning they were composed on the raw film. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene, when Sherrif Hoxley is getting a bottle of soda pop out of the machine and talking to Russell on his radio, reflected in the window over the machine are two rather-tall palm trees, trees which are not native to Big Bean, Illinois. See more »

Quotes

Blaznee: But, why? Why would Mars want to attack the puny, insignificant forces of Earth?
Others: [All together] Because we'd win!
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Connections

References Alien (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Polka Changed My Life Today
Music and Lyrics by Paul Lacques
Courtesy of Rotondi Records
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A fun romp thru SciFi Silliness
9 February 2001 | by (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

Looking at some of the negative posts, you really have to wonder what some people do for fun....

I was lucky enough to see the film during its all-too-brief theatrical run. The audience laughed its heads off. I'm watching a tape of it as I type and it's still dang funny!

It's also got a sweet side, with unexpected turns of genuine pathos. The late, great Royal Dano is especially effective as the lonely, down-on-his-luck farmer Wrenchmuller. Ariana Richards and J.J. Anderson are great as the lead kids. And the actors in the Martian suits, although limited to mime, do a great job

Another thing to look for is the background details. The film is full of homages, pastiches, and references to other SF and fantasy films. Take a look at the Martian costumes next time. One of them is wearing a Marty McFly costume, another is a Ghostbuster, a third is in a House Atreides uniform, and a fourth is wearing a Last Starfighter flightsuit.


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