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

Director:

Stewart Raffill
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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

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Taglines:

How two boys worlds apart become the best of friends. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 August 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mi amigo Mac See more »

Filming Locations:

Calabasas, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,424,112
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Mac and Me Joint Venture See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

During the supermarket scene, just before the aliens and police shoot at each other near the gas pumps, a cop tries to grab Eric's wheelchair, and trips over a car hood. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Janet Cruise: It's ruined. It's totally ruined.
Eric Cruise: It wasn't me, mom! It was a little creature! I saw it!
Janet Cruise: The house is totally destroyed.
Eric Cruise: What do you want me to say?
Janet Cruise: I don't want you to say anything!
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Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Nukie (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

You Knew What You Were Doing (Every Inch Of The Way)
Performed by Marcella Detroit (as Marcy Levy)
Written by Marcella Detroit (as Marcy Levy) and Jeff Barry
Produced by Jeff Barry and Brooks Arthur
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A very bad film.
22 July 2005 | by jantisSee all my reviews

I love kids movies. I have two children and have always enjoyed watching their movies along with them. I worked in an elementary school for several years and have seen a plethora of fantastic children movies.

But this movie was terrible. In fact, I rate it as the worst movie I have ever seen. Why? Several reasons...

1. It is a blatant attempt to ride the coattails of ET and similar alien-friend movies from this era. Unfortunately, I think it sat on the wrong coat.

2. The film used pity tactics to attempt to draw in your emotions rather than effective writing or visuals, and those tactics failed miserably.

3. The special effects were horrible even for the time. I can relate to chronological limitations in relation to special effects and can respect a film that meets or exceeds the effects available for it's time. But there were plenty of good sfx films out by the time this film was released and this one simply didn't bother with any sfx budget.

4. The dialog was awful. This is an example where no amount of good acting could compensate for the dialog.

5. In relation to reason #4, there was no good acting to attempt to overcome the bad dialog. That might not even be the blame of the actors themselves, as there are simply times when you can't rise above your surroundings.

6. The cheesy marketing and glaring promotions within the film take an already terrible movie and turn it into a true mockery.

7. I have seen B-Movies that were more enjoyable to watch. However, out of morbid curiosity, I watched this film from opening to closing credits.

From start to finish, from effects to acting, from dialog to directing - Mac and Me is a very bad movie. Just because a film is made for children does not mean it's OK to be terrible. Children's films, just like any genre, have a majority of moderately enjoyable films, a number of gems, and their share of stinkers. This is a true stinker.

And yes - my children thought this movie was horrible, too.


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