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Strange Invaders (1983)

Charlie's ex-wife disappears, and he travels to where she grew up--a rural town in the Midwest--to look for her. But, surprisingly, nobody knows about her or any of her many relatives, the ... See full summary »

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Michael Laughlin

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Bill Condon (screenplay) (as William Condon), Michael Laughlin (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Le Mat ... Charles Bigelow
Nancy Allen ... Betty Walker
Diana Scarwid ... Margaret
Michael Lerner ... Willie Collins
Louise Fletcher ... Mrs. Benjamin
Wallace Shawn ... Earl
Fiona Lewis ... Waitress / Avon Lady
Kenneth Tobey ... Arthur Newman
June Lockhart ... Mrs. Bigelow
Charles Lane ... Professor Hollister
Lulu Sylbert Lulu Sylbert ... Elizabeth
Joel Cohen Joel Cohen ... Tim
Dan Shor ... Teen Boy (Prologue)
Dey Young ... Teen Girl (Prologue)
Jack Kehler ... Gas Station Attendant
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Charlie's ex-wife disappears, and he travels to where she grew up--a rural town in the Midwest--to look for her. But, surprisingly, nobody knows about her or any of her many relatives, the Newmans. He meets aliens; but when he contacts the FBI, they don't believe him. He tells his story to a tabloid; and suddenly, he is chased by the aliens. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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25 Years Ago They Arrived From Another Galaxy. Surprise--They're Still Here. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

MGM Studios [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Extraños invasores See more »

Filming Locations:

Centreville, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$655,461, 18 September 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,362,303
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Mrs. Benjamin government agent character played by Louise Fletcher was originally scripted as a man and described as being a Bob Balaban type bureaucrat. See more »

Goofs

Betty runs back to the hotel in the dark, then immediately heads down the fire escape with Charles. But when they get down to street level it is broad daylight. See more »

Quotes

Betty Walker: Look, Earl, I, I know this is gonna sound ridiculous but I think a strange woman's locked herself in my bathroom.
Earl: Well, Betty, how'd she get in there?
Betty Walker: Earl, I let her in.
Earl: [pause] Well, I'll have a look.
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References It Came from Outer Space (1953) See more »

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"Yes, could I have a BLT? Room 2121."
14 August 2015 | by utgard14See all my reviews

A college professor (Paul Le Mat) goes looking for his missing wife and finds a town that appears to be stuck in the 1950s. While there, he's attacked by an alien but manages to escape. He then tries to get a reporter (Nancy Allen) to believe his story, which she does after she has her own close encounter.

The '80s was a fun decade for movies, not only for original material but also for movies that were inspired by the great sci-fi flicks of the '50s, such as this one. It's an enjoyable sci-fi horror movie that doesn't take itself seriously but isn't a straight-up comedy, either. Nancy Allen is lots of fun and Louise Fletcher is terrific in a supporting role. Paul Le Mat makes for an unassuming lead but he's quite good in the part. My favorite part of the whole movie is Michael Lerner's flashback scene. Love seeing older actors like Kenneth Tobey, Charles Lane, and June Lockhart. There are also some amusing genre references I got a kick out of. The sets, props, and special effects are excellent. Good use of location filming by director Michael Laughlin. Why does it seem no one shoots in small towns anymore?

It's a little slow-going and I can imagine some viewers will be frustrated that it skirts the line between straight sci-fi and comedy as much as it does. It's an entertaining movie, particularly if you like '50s sci-fi. I think it gets better with repeated viewings.


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