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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.


Linda Shayne


Linda Shayne
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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


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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Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

16 December 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amico venuto dallo spazio See more »

Filming Locations:

Fullerton, California, USA

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At the time of filming, Neil Patrick Harris was 15, and Dustin Diamond was 11. See more »


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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Referenced in Taken (2002) See more »


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This is an awesome movie! I love purple people eater!
1 November 2005 | by iamapenguin86See all my reviews

Purple people eater is a classic! There is no way anyone with a camcorder could do better! I would definitely rent this and watch and take back to my family to see! This movie is really cute and families can sit down and watch it together! Plus, the theme song is off the hook! Anyone who doesn't like it is outta their mind! Every one i know loved it, i haven't heard one bad thing about it, ever. My whole family enjoys it, and their ages rank from 43 to 6! this movie is definitely one of a kind and should be watched by everyone! The purple people eater himself totally rocks, i would highly recommend everyone going out and renting this and taking it back to their families to watch and enjoy! I LOVED IT!!

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