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Purple People Eater (1988)

A kid plays the old novelty song "Purple People Eater" and the creature actually appears. The two then proceed to help an elderly couple who are being evicted by their greedy landlord.

Director:

Linda Shayne

Writer:

Linda Shayne
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ned Beatty ... Grandpa
Linda Talcott Linda Talcott ... Purple
Bobby Porter ... Purple
Shelley Winters ... Rita
Neil Patrick Harris ... Billy Johnson
Jimmy Locust Jimmy Locust ... Purple
Tim Lawrence ... Purple (voice)
Peggy Lipton ... Mom
Chubby Checker ... Chubby Checker
Little Richard ... Mayor
James Houghton ... Dad
Thora Birch ... Molly Johnson (as Thora)
John Brumfield John Brumfield ... Mr. Noodle
Molly Cheek ... Mrs. Orfus
Kimberly McCullough ... Donna Orfus
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Storyline

A kid plays the old novelty song "Purple People Eater" and the creature actually appears. The two then proceed to help an elderly couple who are being evicted by their greedy landlord.

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Genres:

Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amico venuto dallo spazio See more »

Filming Locations:

Fullerton, California, USA

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Shelley Winters and writer/director Linda Shayne stayed friends long after making this film. Shayne spoke at Winters' 2006 memorial service at Paramount Studios. See more »

Quotes

Grandpa: Look! Purple may be a little strange.
Mrs. Orfus: Yes!
Grandpa: But that's because he is a brilliant musician!
Mrs. Orfus: No! No! Purple is an alien!
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Connections

Referenced in Taken (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

The Purple People Eater
Written and performed by Sheb Wooley
Courtesy of Linda Dotson
and Channel Music, Inc.
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Purple People Eater
12 July 2006 | by hlewis-3See all my reviews

I am absolutely in love with the Purple People Eater! I think that every young child should watch it at least once. When i was a child i would never stop watching it. The purple People Eater is one of the most cutest aliens ever. I wish that Disney would start showing and re-releasing all of the old classics. Children these days needs to watch good movies besides all of the all computer animated movies that are being produced these days. The usage of all the old songs were great! Those were the days they actually made good rock n roll. all in all i love the movie the Purple People Eater! It is a classic and if they re-released i'd be one of the first ones to purchase it.


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