Plot: A group of tenants in an apartment block are being forced to move out so that it can be demolished. The tenants are reluctant to move, so the developers hire a local gang to ‘persuade’ them to leave. Fortunately, visiting alien mechanical life-forms come to town. When they befriend the tenants, the aliens use their extraterrestrial abilities to defeat the developers.

Rating: G (adult situations/language, violence)

Directed By: Matthew Robbins

Written By: Brent Maddock , Brad Bird , Mick Garris ,
S.S. Wilson , Hal Barwood , Matthew Robbins

Production: Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment

In Theaters: December 18, 1987

On DVD: March 16, 1999

Box Office: $32.9M

Runtime:1 hr. 46 mins.


Frank Riley – Hume Cronyn
Faye Riley – Jessica Tandy
Harry Noble – Frank McRae
Marisa Esteval – Elizabeth Peña
Carlos – Michael Carmine
Mason Baylor – Dennis Boutsikaris
Sid Hogenson – Tom Aldredge

Muriel Hogenson – Jane Hoffman
Gus – John DiSanti
Kovacs – John Pankow
DeWitt – MacIntyre Dixon
Lacey – Michael Greene
Mrs. Thompson – Doris Belack
Pamela – Wendy Schaal