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Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman (1993)

When an abused heiress grows to giant size because of her encounter with aliens, she decides to get revenge on her cheating husband and those who annoyed her.

Director:

Christopher Guest

Writers:

Mark Hanna (earlier screenplay), Joseph Dougherty (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daryl Hannah ... Nancy Archer
Daniel Baldwin ... Harry Archer
William Windom ... Hamilton Cobb
Frances Fisher ... Dr. Theodora Cushing
Cristi Conaway ... Louise 'Honey' Parker (as Christi Conaway)
Paul Benedict ... Dr. Victor Loeb
O'Neal Compton ... Sheriff Denby
Victoria Haas Victoria Haas ... Deputy Charlotte 'Charlie' Spooner
Lewis Arquette ... Mr. Ingersol
Kye Benson Kye Benson ... Alien Woman #2
Xander Berkeley ... Second Man
Linda Bisesti ... Reporter
Hamilton Camp ... Eddie - Prospector
Ben Cleaveland Ben Cleaveland ... Co-Pilot #1
Richard Edson ... Tony
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Storyline

While young heiress Nancy Archer is driving home from yelling at her husband who is with another woman at a motel, she is encountered by aliens that zap her with some kind of laser. As a result, Nancy finds herself growing to giant size everytime she gets angry. Her incredible anger makes her 50 feet tall and she's now a walking giant searching in a terrified town for her husband who is with his other woman. Written by <jcobra3@hotmail.com>

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People always called Nancy the little woman... They'll never do that again

Genres:

Comedy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Trivia

Daryl Hannah wasn't interested at first in remaking an old "Grade Z" science-fiction movie, but liked the script, and saw it as an allegory about feminism. See more »

Goofs

The sign outside the drive-in theatre advertises the films Yentl and The Adventures Of Milo And Otis. However, when Daryl Hannah's character looks over the top of the screen, the original 1958 version of Attack Of The 50 Foot Woman is playing. See more »

Quotes

Harry Archer: What made her grow like that?
Dr. Victor Loeb: You menctioned that she began growing when she got angry. Clearly it's stress related. The blood tests show that her hormone levels are abnormally high.
Harry Archer: Congratulations, Doctor. You've just discovered a new kind of PMS.
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Connections

References Forbidden Planet (1956) See more »

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Down in Louisiana
Written and Performed by Christopher Guest and Michael McKean
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ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT WOMAN (TV) (Christopher Guest, 1993) **
12 May 2008 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

A smartly feminist reading of the 1958 camp classic is the basis of this made-for-TV remake which needlessly opens up the proceedings by adding some 25 minutes of “character development” – which, basically, means new personalities who further traumatize or assist the distressed titular female. Daryl Hannah has trouble coping with the ugly duckling part of the story but grows nicely into her role once the gigantic transformation comes along and in which she is curiously but attractively decked out in cavewoman garb!

Excepting the rather obnoxious Daniel Baldwin (as Hannah’s philandering husband), the rest of the cast is capable enough: Frances Fisher is Hannah’s helpful shrink, William Windom is her greedy tycoon father and, best of all, Cristi Conaway is Baldwin’s sexy mistress who practically changes to a more outrageous wig with every new scene she’s in; I knew nothing of her going in but, being sufficiently impressed I looked up her resume' on IMB and, what do you know, she was once married to an actor of presumably Maltese origins named Salvator Xuereb!!

This is all well and good, perhaps, but I still wouldn’t say that this is an improvement on the unjustly maligned original; for one thing, there are no giant aliens to be seen here and, worse still, the goofy fat deputy is (predictably, under the circumstances) replaced by a squeaky, tomboyish girl. The sheriff and his deputy are here depicted as being avid drive-in cinema-goers and, at one point, Hannah rips off the roof of a cinema which is screening the 1958 original! The new coda is also quite amusing: having been received inside the spaceship which caused her enormous growth, Hannah is joined by two other gigantic beauties who, sure enough, look upon their tiny hubbies as they go confessing to their various infidelities in interstellar group therapy!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Taft, California, USA

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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