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Spaced Invaders (1990)

Dimwitted Martians drop into a little Illinois town on the day that the local radio station happens to rebroadcast Orson Welles 1938 "War Of The Worlds".

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Patrick Read Johnson (screenplay), Scott Lawrence Alexander (screenplay)
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Based on the classic 1980s arcade game, "Space Invaders."

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Douglas Barr ... Sam
Royal Dano ... Wrenchmuller
Ariana Richards ... Kathy
J.J. Anderson J.J. Anderson ... Brian (Duck)
Gregg Berger ... Klembecker
Wayne Alexander ... Vern
Fred Applegate ... Russell
Patrika Darbo ... Mrs. Vanderspool
Tonya Williams ... Ernestine (as Tonya Lee Williams)
Ryan Todd ... Sid Ghost
Barry O'Neill Barry O'Neill ... Clown Kid
Adam Hansley Adam Hansley ... Pig Kid
Casey Sander ... Radio Announcer
Rose Parenti Rose Parenti ... Old Wife
Glen Vernon ... Old Guy #1
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Storyline

When one saucer of an invasion force has engine trouble, it lands on Earth. It happens to be Halloween and it happens the invaders are only about 4 feet tall. As the bumbling aliens wander around the countryside they are taken to be children and they make friends with two children, one of whom is the daughter of the sheriff. As their troubles mount (it's difficult for five aliens to conquer a world) they begin to give up their plans of conquest, but then there is that nasty killer robot. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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For years, science has speculated on the existence of intelligent life in space... Now there is living proof there is no such thing. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Martians!!! See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,474,336, 29 April 1990

Gross USA:

$15,369,573

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,369,573
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's original title was Martians ! ! . See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the movie Giggywig has one badge on his collar, from the middle of the movie he has two badges. See more »

Quotes

[the sheriff watches a surveillance tape as the "War of the Worlds" broadcast on the radio finishes - he pauses it and sees the Martian spaceship flying past]
Orson Welles: So if your doorbell rings, and nobody's there, that was no Martian. It's Halloween.
Sheriff Sam Hoxly: You wanna bet?
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Referenced in Best of the Worst: Ninja Movies (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

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Music and Lyrics by Paul Lacques and Richard Lawrence
Courtesy of Rom Records
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Spaced Out Fun!
24 August 2003 | by Space_MafuneSee all my reviews

After mistaking a Halloween re-broadcast of Orson Welles' classic radio adaptation of WAR OF THE WORLDS for a real Martian invasion, a group of moronic Martians shows up on Earth looking to conquer only their plans go awry as they find themselves truly out of their element and in reality all alone.

This really is often quite good and funny, with some decent lines (just check the memorable quotes) to boot. It will most likely appeal to Sci-Fi fans. This has passed the test of time for me as seeing it again recently it proved much better than I expected it to be. Despite a cast made up of no-name stars, this may just be the funniest Martian invasion ever put to film. Interestingly enough, the Martians themselves seem to represent almost every classic Action Hero/Sci-Fi Hero stereotype there is (cool 50s teen, fighter pilot, fearless astronaut, brave soldier and kooky scientist). Fun for the whole family.

"Prepare to DIE! Earth Scum!"


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