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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 »

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Michael Laughlin

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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
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
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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Storyline

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 »

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Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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PG | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

MGM Studios [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Extraños invasores See more »

Filming Locations:

Centreville, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$655,461, 18 September 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,362,303
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The character of Charles Bigelow was originally written with Michael Murphy in mind but his casting was rejected by EMI Films. In the end the role was cast with Paul Le Mat. Murphy had played the lead role in the earlier related film Strange Behavior (1981). In the Starlog 1983 article "Michael Laughlin: Attack of the Killer Cliches", Laughlin said "there didn't seem to be a good reason for his rejection. I guess it was a matter of personal taste". See more »

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Betty runs back to the hotel in the dark, then immediately heads down the fire escape with Charles. But when they get down to street level it is broad daylight. See more »

Quotes

Betty Walker: Look, Earl, I, I know this is gonna sound ridiculous but I think a strange woman's locked herself in my bathroom.
Earl: Well, Betty, how'd she get in there?
Betty Walker: Earl, I let her in.
Earl: [pause] Well, I'll have a look.
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References Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958) See more »

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Really liked it as an homage.
10 June 2011 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

Seems that the foremost reason why this movie isn't much appreciated is because most people don't seem to understand that this movie is being an homage to the science-fiction movies from the '50's. As an homage this movie is really a quite good one, surprisingly. So, all of those silly and sloppy moments, that weak story and unusual camera handling and editing was all intentional. The creators did a good job at recreate the same sort of style and atmosphere but at the same time also manage to place it in the modern world and time of 1983. I liked some of the subtle and nice touches in the movie, that were a nod and throwback to the '50's genre movies. Those who are a bit familiar with that period of genre movies will most likely be able to appreciate this movie. But a good homage of course doesn't make a great movie as well. No, in the end this movie will certainly not make any of my favorite lists but the movie remains a good enough one to watch. The movie fails to make a lasting impression, also because it's an obvious low budget one, so it's lacking in any big spectacular moments. Also the story isn't' that much special and basically is like a whole bunch of other science-fiction movies thrown together but then again, also those movies from the '50's never really featured a great or original script and to be fair, they weren't always that much good as movies. So in that regard this movie also pays perfectly homage to that and I don't think it ever was the film-makers goal and aim to make a spectacular and classic genre movie. They just wanted to have fun, paying homage to the movies they love and with this movie they also give the viewers, that understand this, some good fun to watch as well. 7/10


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