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Apartment block tenants seek the aid of alien mechanical life-forms to save their building from demolition.

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Frank Riley
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Faye Riley
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Harry Noble
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Marisa Esteval
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Carlos
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Mason Baylor
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Sid Hogenson
Jane Hoffman ...
Muriel Hogenson
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Gus
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Kovacs
MacIntyre Dixon ...
DeWitt
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Lacey
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Mrs. Thompson
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Pamela
José Angel Santana ...
Goon #1 (as José Santana)
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Goon #2 (as James LeGros)
Ronald L. Schwary ...
Louie (as Ronald Schwary)
Susan Shoffner ...
Receptionist
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Policeman at Hospital
Joe Hamer ...
Policeman at Building (as Joseph Hamer)
H. Clay Dear ...
Policeman #2 at Building
Howard Renensland ...
Reporter #1
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Reporter #2
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Nurse
Dick Martinsen ...
Fireman
Charles Raymond ...
Hector, Father of Marisa's child
Riki Colon ...
Band Member #1
Jon Imparato ...
Band Member #2
David Vasquez ...
Band Member #3
John Arceri ...
Chauffeur
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lorenzo Gaspar ...
Construction Worker (uncredited)
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Bystander (uncredited)
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Brian Riley (uncredited)
Ellen Whyte ...
Shirley Riley (uncredited)

Directed by

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Matthew Robbins

Written by

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Mick Garris ... (story by)
 
Brad Bird ... (screenplay by) &
Matthew Robbins ... (screenplay by) and
Brent Maddock ... (screenplay by) &
S.S. Wilson ... (screenplay by)

Produced by

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Kathleen Kennedy ... executive producer
Frank Marshall ... executive producer
Gerald R. Molen ... associate producer
Ronald L. Schwary ... producer
Steven Spielberg ... executive producer

Music by

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James Horner

Cinematography by

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John McPherson ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Cynthia Scheider

Editorial Department

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Elizabeth Canney ... first assistant editor
Patrick Crane ... apprentice editor
Phil Downey ... color timer
Robert Yamamoto ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Penny Perry

Production Design by

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Ted Haworth

Art Direction by

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Angelo P. Graham

Set Decoration by

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George R. Nelson

Costume Design by

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Aggie Guerard Rodgers

Makeup Department

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Susan Germaine ... key hair stylist
Tony Lloyd ... makeup artist
Susan Carol Schwary ... hair stylist (as Susan Carol)
Rick Sharp ... key makeup artist

Production Management

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Joe Johnston ... production manager
Ted Kurdyla ... unit manager
Gerald R. Molen ... unit production manager
Arthur F. Repola ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Sally Andrews ... DGA trainee: second unit
Bruce Cohen ... second assistant director
Jann Dutmer ... first assistant director: second unit
Lewis Gould ... first assistant director: second unit
Jerry Grandey ... first assistant director
Joe Johnston ... second unit director
Ken Ornstein ... second assistant director
Stephen Wertimer ... second assistant director: second unit (as Steve Wertimer)

Art Department

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John Bell ... storyboard artist
Paul J. Campanella ... stand-by painter
Joe Griffith ... storyboard artist
Ed Larkin ... construction grip
David Lowery ... storyboard artist
David L. McGuire ... set dresser
Larry McGuire ... lead man
Ralph McQuarrie ... conceptual artist
James J. Murakami ... assistant art director (as Jim Murakami)
Bruno Robotti ... charge scenic artist
Paul Rylander ... assistant property master
Ken Scaife ... general foreman
Robert Scaife ... construction coordinator
Alex Scutti Jr. ... plasterer
Terry Shugrue ... second assistant property master
Edward Swanson ... chief carpenter
John Villarino ... general foreman
Steven Westlund ... property master
Clyde Zimmerman ... paint foreman
Joseph Alfieri ... carpenter (uncredited)
George Hugel ... carpenter (uncredited)
Greg Knapp ... construction medic (uncredited)
Andrew Probert ... concept/storyboard artist (uncredited)
Mark Sparks ... propmaker (uncredited)
Drew Struzan ... poster artist (uncredited)
Mike Villarino ... propmaker (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Gene S. Cantamessa ... sound mixer
Steve Cantamessa ... boom operator
Michael C. Casper ... re-recording mixer
Kim Costalupes ... assistant sound effects editor
Doreen A. Dixon ... supervising adr editor
Mark Gordon ... sound editor
Mark Jennings ... cable person
William L. Manger ... sound editor
Tom C. McCarthy ... spaceship sounds / supervising sound editor
Bob Minkler ... re-recording mixer
Michael P. Redbourn ... sound editor
Louis Rivera ... assistant sound effects editor
Tanya Sharp David ... adr mixer
Ian Underwood ... spaceship sounds
Bill Varney ... supervising sound re-recording mixer
Don S. Walden ... sound editor
Burton Weinstein ... spaceship sounds
Paul J. Zydel ... adr mixer
James Ashwill ... foley mixer (uncredited)
Jeffrey Kaplan ... sound recordist (uncredited)

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Connie Brink ... special effects
Danny Lester ... special effects
Harold McConnell Jr. ... special effects
Ken Pepiot ... special effects supervisor
Al Wininger ... special effects
Bill Traynor ... special effects (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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David Allen ... rod puppet/stop motion supervisor: ILM
Craig Barron ... matte photography supervisor
Patricia Blau ... special visual effects / visual effects manager
Marty Brenneis ... model maker
Wade Childress ... matte photography
Donald Clark ... optical camera operator
Robert Cooper ... chief puppeteer (as Bob Cooper) / special visual effects (as Bob Cooper)
Dick Dova ... stage technician
John Ellis ... optical supervisor: ILM
Chrissie England ... production supervisor: ILM / special visual effects
Nicholas J. Esposto ... model maker
Christopher Evans ... matte painting supervisor
Ellen Ferguson ... rotoscope artist
Warren Franklin ... general manager: ILM / special visual effects
Joe Fulmer ... head stage technician
Michael Gleason ... special visual effects (as Mike Gleason) / visual effects editor (as Mike Gleason)
Ralph Gordon ... optical line-up
Caroleen Green ... matte artist
Joanne Hafner ... rotoscope artist
James Hagedorn ... optical camera operator
Sandy Houston ... roto artist
Tony Hudson ... puppeteer: ILM
Peg Hunter ... optical line-up
Gregory Jein ... model construction
Steven Kosakura ... motion control camera operator
Tad Krzanowski ... model mechanical supervisor / special visual effects
Jack Mongovan ... rotoscope artist
Rodney Morgan ... model maker
Charlie Mullen ... animation camera operator / special visual effects
Bruce Nicholson ... visual effects supervisor
Jeff Olson ... model maker
Lorne Peterson ... model shop supervisor / special visual effects
Mark Setrakian ... model maker
Tom St. Amand ... go-motion animator
Peter Stolz ... stage technician
Marc Thorpe ... model maker
Bruce Vecchitto ... optical line-up
Jeffrey Wilkins ... model maker
Nelson Cabrera ... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
Peter Daulton ... visual effects cameraman (uncredited)
Timothy Eaton ... assistant visual effects editor (uncredited)
Steve Gawley ... model maker (uncredited)
Ellen Lichtwardt Goodchild ... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Ian Hiebert ... visual effects production assistant (uncredited)
Ira Keeler ... model maker (uncredited)
Crit Killen ... stop-motion animation (uncredited)
Jay Riddle ... motion control operator (uncredited)
Thomas Rosseter ... motion control camera assistant (uncredited)

Stunts

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Denise Amirante ... stunts
Kenny Bates ... stunts (as Ken Bates)
Jerry Brutsche ... stunts
Harold Burns ... stunts
Dick Hancock ... stunts
Steve Kelso ... stunts
Thomas Rosales Jr. ... stunt coordinator / stunts
Tom Sierchio ... stunts
Alex Stevens ... stunts
Gerard G. Williams ... stunts (as Gerard Williams)
Lila Finn ... stunt double: Jessica Tandy (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Stewart Barbee ... camera operator
Ron Batzdorff ... still photographer
Terry Chostner ... camera operator
Don Duffield ... key grip
Selwyn Eddy ... camera operator
Ray Gilberti ... assistant camera
Louis Goldman ... still photographer
Bob Griffith ... best boy
David Hanks ... assistant camera (as Dave Hanks)
Connie Holt ... assistant chief lighting technician
Ted Holt ... gaffer
Craig Hosoda ... assistant camera
Billy Kerwick ... grip
Richard C. Kratina ... director of photography: second unit
Norman G. Langley ... camera operator (as Norm Langley)
David Lindeman ... second assistant camera: second unit
Gary Muller ... co-first assistant camera
Hank Muller ... first assistant camera
Reggie Newkirk ... first assistant camera
Peter Norman ... camera operator
Michael Orefice ... rigging gaffer
Richard Quinlan ... chief lighting technician
Ed Quinn ... key grip
Martin Rosenberg ... assistant camera
Pat Sweeney ... camera operator
Mike Tapp ... dolly grip
Mitchell Block ... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Raymond Fortune ... electrician (uncredited)
Randy Jonsson ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Thomas Landi ... electrician (uncredited)
Jim Shelton ... grip: second unit, Los Angeles (uncredited)

Animation Department

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Timothy Björklund ... animator (as Tim Berglund)
John Hays ... animator
Nick Stern ... animator
Wes Takahashi ... animator
Sean Turner ... animator

Casting Department

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Mickie McGowan ... voice casting
Mae Williams ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Thomas Costich ... costume supervisor
Sue Moore ... costumer: women
Laurie Riley ... costumer: men
Joan Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Sydney Urshan ... wardrobe consultant (uncredited)

Location Management

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Thalia Harithas ... location assistant (uncredited)

Music Department

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Else Blangsted ... supervising music editor
James Flamberg ... music editor
Billy May ... orchestrator
Greig McRitchie ... orchestrator
Shawn Murphy ... score mixer
Ellen Segal ... assistant music editor
James Horner ... conductor (uncredited)
James Thatcher ... musician: French horn (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Bill Gray ... transportation coordinator
Tom Marshall ... transportation captain

Other crew

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Kate Barker ... assistant: Ms. Kennedy
Dennis T. Benatar ... production assistant
Nicholas Bernstein ... production assistant (as Nick Bernstein)
Sal Carino ... production assistant (as Salvatore Carino)
Michael Crane ... lab consultant
Kathleen Gallagher ... assistant production accountant
Robert Garcia Jr. ... production assistant
Iris Hedrick ... assistant production accountant
Cynthia Henrich-Woodbyrne ... production assistant
Paul Huston ... additional spaceship designer
Katie Jewitt-Spillman ... production assistant
Harriette Kanew ... production coordinator
Joe Litto ... production assistant
John A. Machione ... assistant auditor
Judith Marlin ... assistant: Mr. Robbins
Ralph McQuarrie ... spaceship designer
David Clayton Miller ... production assistant (as D. Clayton Miller)
Leanne Moore ... production accountant
Julie Moskowitz ... assistant: Mr. Spielberg
Brian Pulido ... production assistant
Bonne Radford ... production controller (as Bonnie Radford)
Mary T. Radford ... assistant: Mr. Marshall
Lata Ryan ... production coordinator
Christine A. Sacani ... production assistant
Marshall Schlom ... script supervisor
Brian Steward ... production associate
Heidi Strom ... script supervisor: second unit
Diana Tinkley ... assistant: Mr. Schwary
Carole Wattles ... assistant production accountant
Nancy Willen ... unit publicist
Linn Zuckerman ... craft service
Evelyn Fitzgerald ... production assistant: New York (uncredited)
Daniel Wheatcroft ... studio executive (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

A group of tenants in an apartment block are being forced to move out so that it can be demolished. The tenants are reluctant to move, so the developers hire a local gang to 'persuade' them to leave. Fortunately, visiting alien mechanical life-forms come to town. When they befriend the tenants, the aliens use their extraterrestrial abilities to defeat the developers. Written by Rob Hartill

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Taglines Five ordinary people needed a miracle. Then one night, Faye Riley left the window open. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Miracle sur la 8ème rue (France)
  • Das Wunder in der 8. Straße (Germany)
  • Nuestros maravillosos aliados (Spain)
  • Το Θαύμα της 8ης Λεωφόρου (Greece)
  • 8. kadun ihme (Finland)
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Runtime
  • 106 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $3,326,530, 20 Dec 1987
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $65,088,797

Did You Know?

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Trivia The black and white photos of Frank and Faye used in the opening credits, were real-life photos of Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy, who were married for decades. See more »
Goofs After Mason fights with his girlfriend, he throws his paintings out his window, which Marisa notices when she sees the paintings falling from his apartment about two floors above. When Mason and Marisa discover their items(Mason's door; Marisa's statue)fixed, Marisa comes out of her room, which is on the same floor as Mason's, which makes it impossible for Marisa to be about two floors down from Mason. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Moonstruck/Overboard/September/*Batteries Not Included/Ironweed (1987). See more »
Soundtracks LET'S HAVE ANOTHER CUP OF COFFEE See more »
Crazy Credits During the opening credits, pictures of young Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy are shown. This includes their actual wedding photo, since the actors (who often play a married couple on stage or in the movies) were married for decades. See more »
Quotes Frank Riley: The quickest way to end a miracle is to ask it why it is... or what it wants.
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