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The Monitors (1969)

PG | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | 8 October 1969 (USA)
Earthlings chafe at the peace established by a benevolent alien race and set about to rebel.

Director:

Jack Shea

Writers:

Myron J. Gold (screenplay), Keith Laumer (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Guy Stockwell ... Harry Jordan
Susan Oliver ... Barbara Cole
Larry Storch ... P.A. Stutz
Avery Schreiber ... Max Jordan
Sherry Jackson ... Mona
Shepperd Strudwick ... Tersh Jeterax
Keenan Wynn ... The General
Ed Begley ... The President
J.J. Barry ... Culp
Martin Harvey Friedberg Martin Harvey Friedberg ... Newt
Sid Grossfeld Sid Grossfeld ... Gate Guard
Burt Heyman Burt Heyman ... Fink
Helen Malone Helen Malone ... Mrs. Jordan
Mike Nussbaum ... Exercise Chief
Murphy Dunne Murphy Dunne ... Monitor Driver
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Storyline

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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The Wildest Film Since "Birth of a Nation" See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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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

Monitor: [voiceover reciting montra] Reason not force. The Monitors are your friends. Peace brings happiness.
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Connections

Edited from A Trip to the Moon (1902) See more »

Soundtracks

Voice of the Flower
Music by Fred Kaz
Lyrics by Sandy Holt
Sung by Odetta
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Ah, yes, I remember it well
18 December 2016 | by mark_heumannSee all my reviews

Those who complain about this movie's production values should remember it's a Bell & Howell production--in other words, done by a company that may have known cameras, but not film production. So give it a break. I haven't seen it in many, many years. What do I remember? 1. The Monitor's radio/television jingle, the lyrics of which varied: "The Monitors are here, oh boy, they . . ." (Forgot the next 2 and a half lines.) Ending, in one case, with "God Bless America . . . and The Montors!" 2. A confrontation between Monitors and rebels on a flight of wide steps--one of many cinematic versions of the Odessa Steps scene in Eisenstein's Potemkin. 3. Senator Everett Dirksen of Illinois, posing in his office in front of a framed ear of corn. (He passed away the year of the film's release.) 4. Ed Begley as the President, celebrating the Monitors' departure: "Back to the good old, bad old, good old days!" All told, a fun movie.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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