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Meet the Applegates (1990)

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Modelling themselves after an idyllic cookie-cutter suburban 1950s family, a colony of insects move from South America into the United States with the intent of getting access to the nation's nuclear resources.


Michael Lehmann





Cast overview, first billed only:
Ed Begley Jr. ... Richard P. Applegate
Stockard Channing ... Jane Applegate
Dabney Coleman ... Aunt Bea
Robert Jayne ... Johnny Applegate (as Bobby Jacoby)
Camille Cooper ... Sally Applegate (as Cami Cooper)
Glenn Shadix ... Greg Samson
Susan Barnes Susan Barnes ... Opal Withers
Adam Biesk Adam Biesk ... Vince Sampson
Savannah Smith Boucher ... Dottie (as Savannah Smith Bouchér)
Roger Aaron Brown ... Sheriff Heidegger
Lee Garlington ... Nita Samson
Philip Arthur Ross Philip Arthur Ross ... Kevin
Steven Robert Ross Steven Robert Ross ... Kenny
Mark Bringelson ... Rich Block - Family Bazaar Magazine
Chuck Lafont Chuck Lafont ... Clem Shepherd


Giant praying mantises living in a South American jungle decide to move into suburban U.S. Disguised as humans, they are planning something. Could it be connected to Richard P. Applegate's (Ed Begley, Jr.'s) job in the power station perhaps? One day, Sally Applegate (Camille Cooper) forgets what she really is when she's with her boyfriend. Oops! Written by s jones

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The human race is about to be destroyed by people who wouldn't hurt a fly. See more »


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Filmed in 1988/1989, but remained unreleased in the U.S. until early 1991, due to the financial woes of New World Pictures. See more »


Richard P. Applegate: It's imperative that we maintain a believable cover while I infiltrate and sabotage the nucular power plant.
Johnny Applegate: It's "nuclear," Dad.
Richard P. Applegate: Lesson number one: Most people say "nucular." Next time, get it right.
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Alternate Versions

The Image Entertainment LaserDisc release of the film is cut, missing one final scene at the end wherein it is revealed that Aunt Bea is still very much alive (albeit injured) and still optimistic about crushing the human scum by planning on infiltrating NORAD. Instead, the Image LD cut of the film cuts straight to the credits after the final jungle scene, missing the final Aunt Bea scene in its entirety (this scene is present in the TV cut of the film shown on Showtime Flix). See more »


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Hard wit, but you may have to look hard to find it.
9 March 2000 | by Sean84See all my reviews

"Meet the Applegates" is more of a social commentary than an ecology lesson. The movie shows what can happen to total aliens who immerse themselves in our culture. Even the best of families can go bad if they lack substance to keep their values and goals intact.

This film is one of the lightest dark comedies made, and one of the best. I would give an 8 out of ten.

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Release Date:

1 February 1991 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$274,815, 3 February 1991

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