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The Monitors (1969)

Earthlings chafe at the peace established by a benevolent alien race and set about to rebel.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Harry Jordan
... Barbara Cole
... P.A. Stutz
... Max Jordan
... Mona
... Tersh Jeterax
... The General
... The President
J.J. Barry ... Culp
Martin Harvey Friedberg ... Newt
Sid Grossfeld ... Gate Guard
Burt Heyman ... Fink
Helen Malone ... Mrs. Jordan
... Exercise Chief
Murphy Dunne ... Monitor Driver
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Unusual sci-fi invasion film, with a black-comedy twist: The Earth is taken over by The Monitors, aliens who run it like hall monitors in a 1950's high school, with overtones of Big Brother. The film follows the progress of the human underground rebellion. The twist is that as the film goes on, the audience's sympathies shift to the aliens, who are basically benevolent. When the humans manage to oust them, it's back to corruption and bribery by the usual suspects. Written by Phil Olenick <prolenik@world.std.com>

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If you don't like air pollution, war, body odor, hard pizza rolls, exercise, hairy musicians, sexy blonds, tooth decay, smiling heroes, population explosion... you'll love The Monitors. See more »

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8 October 1969 (USA)  »

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Os Monitores  »

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Trivia

There are 30 "trouble spots" on the Monitors' map. They correspond (roughly) with the following locations: Anchorage, Alaska; San Diego, California; Chicago, Illinois; Lima, Peru; Santiago, Chile; Cochrane, Ontario; New York City, New York; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Havana, Cuba; Salvador, Brazil; Marrakech, Morrocco; Abidjan, Cote d'Ivorie; Cape Town, South Africa; Mombasa, Kenya; Barcelona, Spain; Paris, France; Rome, Italy; Berlin, Germany; Oslo, Norway; Athens, Greece; Kyiv, Ukraine; Moscow, Russia; Jerusalem, Israel; Cairo, Egypt; Darwin, Australia; Manila, Philippines; Bangkok, Thailand; Tokyo, Japan; Seoul, South Korea; Vladivostok, Russia; Beijing, China; Lhasa, Tibet See more »

Goofs

There is a red hand-held fire extinguisher visible in Harry's car on the passenger floorboard at around 8:40 into the movie when he's driving through the city.

Harry's car is a collector classic, and as an enthusiast, it would not be the least bit out of the ordinary for him to carry a fire extinguisher on board. See more »

Quotes

Mona: Cream fattens. Milk irritates the colon. Sugar creates acids. Acids eat tooth enamel.
Harry: Oh boy, have YOU been here a long time.
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Connections

Edited from Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916) See more »

Soundtracks

Voice of the Flower
Music by Fred Kaz
Lyrics by Sandy Holt
Sung by Odetta
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23 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

I've been hunting this movie down for the last 10 years. Saw in on late night TV and loved it. But no one thinks that it ever existed. Hopefully the parties involved in this movie decides to make some quick cash and release it for all of us poor chumps to watch and buy!


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