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Nukie (1987)

An alien called Nukie searches for his brother Miko, who has been captured by the U.S. government.

Directors:

Sias Odendaal (as Sias Odendal), Michael Pakleppa

Writers:

Ben Taylor (screenplay) (as Benjamin Taylor), Sias Odendaal (original story) (as Sias Odendal)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glynis Johns ... Sister Anne
Steve Railsback ... Dr. Eric Harvey
Ronald France Ronald France ... The Corporal
Siphiwe Mlangeni Siphiwe Mlangeni ... Tiko
Sipho Mlangeni Sipho Mlangeni ... Toki
Bevan Windell Bevan Windell ... Nukie
David Fox David Fox ... Nukie
Sara Braunstein Sara Braunstein ... Miko
Sam Ntsinyi Sam Ntsinyi ... Sangoma
Jabulile Phakane Jabulile Phakane ... Dube
Fats Dibeco Fats Dibeco ... Mpefu (as Fats Dibeko)
Reed Evans Reed Evans ... Dr. Barbara Rhinestone
Carin C. Tietze Carin C. Tietze ... Pamela Carter
Lester C. Muller Lester C. Muller ... Dr. Norman Glynn
Marcel Schneider Marcel Schneider ... Officer Connally
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Storyline

Two aliens, Nukie and Miko, crash-land on different parts of the Earth. Miko is quickly captured by an American space agency, while Nukie, who has landed in the middle of the African savannah, wanders about until he befriends two young children. Will Miko survive the scientists' experiements? Will Nukie ever be reunited with his space-travelling companion? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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A magical space adventure

Genres:

Family | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

South Africa | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 1987 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

Nukie... In Search of America See more »

Filming Locations:

Namibia See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Nukie is shown to be able to turn into a ball of light and fly around at will. If he is so desperate to find his brother, why does he walk around constantly rather than simply flying to him? This is compounded by the fact that Miko, who has the exact same ability, never uses it to escape his captors at the Space Foundation. See more »

Quotes

Nukie: Who are they "ancestors"?
Tiko: They live in the stars.
Toki: And when they die they go to the stars, and then Sangoma talks to them.
Nukie: I am from the stars. I haven't seen Sangoma or ancestors there - he must be mistaken!
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: To Catch a Yeti (2014) See more »

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This movie needs a friend!
5 November 2002 | by ubik-11See all my reviews

Nukie. It's a bad E.T. ripoff filmed in Africa, with production (and some footage) handled in Germany. It's in English, so I'm not sure where the targeted market was. Nukie and his brother Meeko are ugly little aliens with big heads and runny noses who fly through space using some sort of personal energy rather than ships. They are tempted by the beauty of the earth, fly too close, and crash. Nukie lands in Africa and is relatively unharmed; Meeko lands in the United States and is immediately picked up by NASA. At least, I think it's NASA. Its logo appears in several places, but the stock-footage building exterior is definitely not NASA. Nor is it ever called `NASA'. It's called the Space Foundation. And there are beer cans in the break room! But since NASA is the only space agency in the U.S., that's what it has to be.

Scene after scene begins with an exterior shot of `NASA'. The voice-over gives the date and time (sometimes the times don't synch with the amount of daylight shown), and more often than not he follows with `nothing unusual to report' before telling us that Meeko has escaped or some such. If that's not unusual, I don't know what is.

While Meeko suffers in America, Nukie meets the quirky inhabitants of a small village in Africa. He befriends twin boys named Tookie and Tiko, and a chimp named Charlie. Nukie and the boys search for `America', which they think is the name of the evil-doer who is holding Meeko. They must avoid an American chopper pilot working for NASA (watch out - he's a `player'), local poachers, and a pesky nun (Glynis Johns) while they do so. It all ends happily, of course, because this is a kids' movie. Nukie and Meeko fly into space amidst stock footage of fireworks, and they bring along one of their new friends from Earth. Who is the friend? You'll have to watch the movie to find out!

The producers must've expected a big demand for Nukie merchandise, because every time the word appears it has the little `TM' after it. `Nukie' is trademarked, for crying out loud; none may use his name without permission. I doubt the demand for merchandise materialized, otherwise we might be seeing Nukie lunchboxes and action figures for sale in thrift stores.

People don't believe me when I tell them this, but I kind of like Nukie. Did you ever have a friend who was your friend just because you felt sorry for them? I like Nukie because I feel sorry for it. I think it needs a friend.


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