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Meet the Applegates (1990)

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Modeling themselves after an idyllic cookie-cutter suburban 1950s family, a colony of insects move from South America into the United States with the intent of getting access to the nation's nuclear resources.

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Michael Lehmann
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ed Begley Jr. ... Richard P. Applegate
Stockard Channing ... Jane Applegate
Dabney Coleman ... Aunt Bea
Robert Jayne ... Johnny Applegate (as Bobby Jacoby)
Camille Cooper ... Sally Applegate (as Cami Cooper)
Glenn Shadix ... Greg Samson
Susan Barnes Susan Barnes ... Opal Withers
Adam Biesk Adam Biesk ... Vince Sampson
Savannah Smith Boucher ... Dottie (as Savannah Smith Bouchér)
Roger Aaron Brown ... Sheriff Heidegger
Lee Garlington ... Nita Samson
Philip Arthur Ross Philip Arthur Ross ... Kevin
Steven Robert Ross Steven Robert Ross ... Kenny
Mark Bringelson ... Rich Block, Family Bazaar Magazine
Chuck Lafont Chuck Lafont ... Clem Shepherd
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Storyline

Giant preying mantis living in a south American jungle decide to move into suburban USA. Disguised as humans, the mantis are planning something.. Could it be connected to dad's job in the power station perhaps ?. One day the daughter mantis forgets WHAT she really is when she's with her boyfriend.. oops. Written by s jones

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A new species of comedy. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Applegates See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$274,815, 3 February 1991, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$485,772
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

In Meet the Applegates (1990), a character is shown watching the NBC soap opera Santa Barbara (1984) , a scene with Jed Allan and Lane Davies. See more »

Quotes

Jane Applegate: [to Johnny] If you don't eat your dinner, you can't have dessert.
Richard P. Applegate: Did someone say dessert?
Jane Applegate: I happened to find a pile of rancid trash in the dumpster behind the 7-11.
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Alternate Versions

The Image Entertainment LaserDisc release of the film is cut, missing one final scene at the end wherein it is revealed that Aunt Bea is still very much alive (albeit injured) and still optimistic about crushing the human scum by planning on infiltrating NORAD. Instead, the Image LD cut of the film cuts straight to the credits after the final jungle scene, missing the final Aunt Bea scene in its entirety (this scene is present in the TV cut of the film shown on Showtime Flix). See more »

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a strange little gem
19 August 2001 | by dead262See all my reviews

I highly recommend this film to all. For some unexplainable reason I'd call this film a mixture of Tim Burton and John Waters (although neither of them have any association with it) For instance, if you are a fan of Beetlejuice & Mars Attacks (Burton) or Cry-Baby & Serial Mom (Waters) this film is definitely up your alley. This film has the subtle strangeness of Burton and the sick humor of Waters. That's all I can really say. The movie is hilarious (as are the 4 films mentioned above) in its own twisted little way.


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