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Morons from Outer Space (1985)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | 20 September 1985 (USA)
3 aliens get a bit of their 'friend', Bernard, hacked off. Bernard keeps making the prat of himself play space ball. It's while he is playing space ball that the 2 others start playing ... See full summary »

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Mike Hodges
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joanne Pearce Joanne Pearce ... Sandra Brock
Jimmy Nail ... Desmond Brock
Paul Bown Paul Bown ... Julian Tope
James Sikking ... Col. Raymond Laribee, CIA (as James B. Sikking)
Dinsdale Landen ... Commander Grenville Matteson
Tristram Jellinek Tristram Jellinek ... Simpson
George Innes ... Stanley Benson
Mel Smith ... Bernard
Griff Rhys Jones ... Graham Sweetley
John Joyce John Joyce ... Chief Inspector Miller
Mark Lewis Jones ... Godfrey (as Mark Jones)
Leonard Fenton Leonard Fenton ... Commissionaire
André Maranne André Maranne ... Prof. Trousseau (as Andre Maranne)
Joanna Dickens Joanna Dickens ... Lady Farmer
R.J. Bell R.J. Bell ... Klutz
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Storyline

3 aliens get a bit of their 'friend', Bernard, hacked off. Bernard keeps making the prat of himself play space ball. It's while he is playing space ball that the 2 others start playing around with the ship's controls. They accidentally disconnect his part of the ship, leaving him stranded whilst they crash into a large blue planet close by...

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Taglines:

One Giant Leap ... BACKWARDS! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

MGM Studios [United States]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Corra! Os ETs Chegaram See more »

Filming Locations:

UK

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$441,137

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,409,137
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The place where the space-ship crash-landed was the M1 motorway between Leeds and London. See more »

Goofs

In the view showing the landing on Earth of Bernard after he and his chair were ejected from the spacecraft, the crane used to drop the actor in front of the camera can briefly be seen at the top of the screen. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: Since the beginning of time, man has looked to the stars and wondered if others like ourselves existed. Would they be super-intelligent, peaceful, sensitive? Our story will go some way to answering these eternal questions.
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Connections

Spoofs Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

AMERICAN PATROL
Music by F.W. Meacham (uncredited)
as performed by Billy May
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
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Better than its rating implies.
11 June 2003 | by Latheman-9See all my reviews

In director Mike Hodges's only openly comedic film to date, Anlgo-American pop culture of the '70s and early '80s is mercilessly lampooned. From "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977) to "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975) to David Bowie as the avatar of Ziggy Stardust, nothing escapes a satirical mauling by Hodges and writers/actors Griff Rhys Jones and Mel Smith. On the surface, much of the humor appears to be at the level of Benny Hill, but it is actually much more subtle in its subtext, addressing the mindlessness of celebrity worship, the nature of friendship, the willful self-delusion that can arise from one's own expectations, and the fleetingness of fame. With satire more subtle than seen in similar, American films of the same period (e.g., "This is Spinal Tap" (1984)), "Morons from Outer Space" may not be to everyone's taste. I will be the first to admit that British humor is an acquired taste for many of us non-Brits, but I found this film far funnier than many recent American comedies that have received rave reviews ("Meet the Parents" (2000), "Something about Mary" (1998), "Analyze This" (1999), etc.). Any viewer willing to expend the effort to actually concentrate on what is going on and being said in the film will be amply rewarded. The most difficult part of viewing this movie is finding it, a problem with many of Hodges's works. Rating: 7/10.


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