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An alien trying to escape from NASA is befriended by a wheelchair-bound boy.


Stewart Raffill
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christine Ebersole ... Janet Cruise
Jonathan Ward ... Michael Cruise
Tina Caspary ... Courtney (as Katrina Caspary)
Lauren Stanley Lauren Stanley ... Debbie
Jade Calegory ... Eric Cruise
Vinnie Torrente ... Mitford
Martin West ... Wickett
Ivan J. Rado Ivan J. Rado ... Zimmerman
Danny Cooksey ... Jack Jr
Laura Waterbury ... Linda
Jack Eiseman Jack Eiseman ... Splatter Car Driver
Barbara Allyne Bennet Barbara Allyne Bennet ... Scientist
Richard Bravo Richard Bravo ... Mover #1
Gary Brockette Gary Brockette ... Doctor #2
Sherri Stone Butler Sherri Stone Butler ... Checkout Girl


An alien trying to escape from NASA is befriended by a wheelchair-bound boy.

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Out of this world and into your heart. See more »


PG | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

MGM [United States]





Release Date:

12 August 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mi amigo Mac See more »

Filming Locations:

Calabasas, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Mac and Me Joint Venture See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kim Basinger who, along with Anjelica Houston was offered the female lead role, they both declined; nevertheless composer Alan Silvestri links Mac and Me and My Stepmother Is an Alien, the latter Basinger starred in - incidentally both films dealt with aliens and were released in 1988 - as he scored both of these films. See more »


The Mercury Cougar totaled during the car crash scene is later seen, undamaged and being driven, during one of the chase scenes. See more »


Eric Cruise: [spinning a flower in a soda can straw] Maybe these are just flowers?
Courtney: How about a spaceship?
Debbie: Great.
Michael Cruise: Yeah, and then we have a close encounter of the third kind.
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Don't Go in the Woods... Alone! (2013) See more »


The Twilight Zone Theme
Written by Marius Constant
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E.T. phone lawyer! E.T. phone lawyer!
14 February 2007 | by udar55See all my reviews

I was 13 the summer that MAC AND ME came out and even then I could sense how calculated and commercial it was. Naturally, I didn't see it (like the majority of the world). But with its new cult standing, I had to finally check it out and it definitely deserves its standing. What were they thinking? An E.T. rip off about 5 years too late. And not only that, it rips off a major moment from STARMAN, right down to the aliens walking through fire. The level of product placement is astounding. I haven't seen this much Coke on screen since BLOW (ah, boo yourself!). I counted 15 moments where characters offer up a Coke (Skittles and McDonalds get off light compared to that). Seriously, one could start a Coca-Cola drinking game with this but I fear people participating might have their teeth rot out by the end of the 90 minutes. I will say that I like the alien designs better than the horrifically ugly E.T., even if these aliens do look like Imogene Coca in NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION. I will also give the production credit for casting a real boy in a wheelchair in the lead. I will give them a hug and kiss for throwing said boy off a cliff. Again, what in the world were they thinking? I give this a 10 for being so amazingly blatant.

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