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Strange Invaders (1983)

Charlie's ex-wife disappears, and he travels to where she grew up--a rural town in the Midwest--to look for her. But, surprisingly, nobody knows about her or any of her many relatives, the ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Laughlin

Writers:

Bill Condon (screenplay) (as William Condon), Michael Laughlin (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Le Mat ... Charles Bigelow (as Paul LeMat)
Nancy Allen ... Betty Walker
Diana Scarwid ... Margaret
Michael Lerner ... Willie Collins
Louise Fletcher ... Mrs. Benjamin
Wallace Shawn ... Earl
Fiona Lewis ... Waitress / Avon Lady
Kenneth Tobey ... Arthur Newman (as Ken Tobey)
June Lockhart ... Mrs. Bigelow
Charles Lane ... Professor Hollister
Lulu Sylbert Lulu Sylbert ... Elizabeth
Joel Cohen Joel Cohen ... Tim
Dan Shor ... Teen Boy (Prologue)
Dey Young ... Teen Girl (Prologue)
Jack Kehler ... Gas Station Attendant
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Charlie's ex-wife disappears, and he travels to where she grew up--a rural town in the Midwest--to look for her. But, surprisingly, nobody knows about her or any of her many relatives, the Newmans. He meets aliens; but when he contacts the FBI, they don't believe him. He tells his story to a tabloid; and suddenly, he is chased by the aliens. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Of all the worlds in all the galaxies...why did they pick this one? See more »

Genres:

Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The production shoot for this picture ran for just five weeks. See more »

Goofs

The aliens in the town destroy anything that comes to town that was created after they arrived in 1958 yet one of the cars that Charlie attempts to steal to escape the aliens is a 1959 Pontiac. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Benjamin: [to FBI man, to whom she previously said that nobody takes the train any more] They took the train!
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Features The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) See more »

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Fun 80's treat for fans of nostalgic 50's Sci-Fi.
18 December 2005 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

"Strange Invaders" is a cheerful and likable 80's movie, regretfully forgotten these days because nowadays audiences don't understand the charm and inside jokes of authentic "Alien Invaders"-science fiction from the 1950's. This movie is one giant spoof/tribute to wonderful films such as "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" and "Invaders from Mars", but the screenplay is intelligent enough to add new and surprisingly original twists of its own. We have the typical remote American town – Centerville, Illinois – getting colonized by hideous aliens that take over the identities of the locals and examine the earthly life-style in the meantime. The ingenious elements in the script are, however, that this whole invasion-project was seemly approved by the government AND that the aliens never evolved after they landed on our planet. Centerville still looks like a swinging 50's town, with jukeboxes, old cars and traditional dress codes. University professor Charles Bigelow teams up with a gossip-journalist Betty Walker to investigate the town's bizarre secret. "Strange Invaders" is well-directed by Michael Laughlin ("Dead Kids") and cleverly co-written by Bill Condon. There's very few gore, which is a good thing, but the special effects are definitely not bad with a couple of adorable space-ship designs and the aliens' inventive method to "cristalyze" people. The acting performances are vivid, with Paul LeMat ("American Graffiti) and Nancy Allen ("Carrie", "Dressed to Kill"). The supportive cast is even better with spirited roles from Michael Lerner, Diana Scarwid and the wonderful Louise Fletcher, once again as the mean shrew. The happy-ending is somewhat lame and far too Disney/Steven Spielberg-like, but I suppose that's forgivable. Good, cheesy and nostalgic 80's entertainment.


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Official Sites:

MGM Studios [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 1983 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Centreville, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$655,461, 18 September 1983

Gross USA:

$1,362,303

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,362,303
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Mono

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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