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John Nada is a man without job who walks around a big American city trying to find something to do. He finally finds a job as a worker and a place to spend the nights, but one day something terrible happens to him. John discovers a pair of sun-glasses through which he can see the true face of people. Many persons in this city are in fact aliens (from the Andromeda) and most of them are important members of our society. They keep humans in ignorance and they rule our world as they like. Nada must find the rest of the men that know what's happening (those who made the strange sun-glasses) and join them in the fight against the aliens.
Who are they? And what do they want?
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John Carpenter's They Live
Title: They Live
Release Date: November 04, 1988
Runtime: 93 mins
All Genres: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Colors: Color, Black and White
IMDB Rating: 7.0
Buried.com Rating: 8 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With T
MPAA Rating: R
Roddy Piper ...Nada
Keith David ...Frank
Meg Foster ...Holly
George 'Buck' Flower ...Drifter
Peter Jason ...Gilbert
Raymond St. Jacques ...Street Preacher
Jason Robards III ...Family Man
John Lawrence ...Bearded Man
Susan Barnes ...Brown Haired Woman
Sy Richardson ...Black Revolutionary
Wendy Brainard ...Family Man's Daughter
Lucille Meredith ...Female Interviewer
Susan Blanchard ...Ingenue
Norman Alden ...Foreman
Dana Bratton ...Black Junkie
John F. Goff ...Well Dressed Customer
Norm Wilson ...Vendor
Thelma Lee ...Rich Lady
Stratton Leopold ...Depressed Human
Rezza Shan ...Arab Clerk
Norman Howell ...Blonde Haired Cop
Larry J. Franco ...Neighbor (as Larry Franco)
Tom Searle ...Biker
Robert Grasmere ...Scruffy Blonde Man
Vince Inneo ...Passageway Guard
Bob Hudson ...Passageway Guard #2
Jon Paul Jones ...Manager
Dennis Cosmo Michael ...Male News Anchor (as Dennis Michael)
Nancy Gee ...Female News Anchor
Claudia Stanlee ...young Female Executive
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Larry J. Franco
They Live Horror Film Trailer 1
More Movie Taglines:
- Who are they? And what do they want?
- You see them on the street. You watch them on TV. You might even vote for one this fall. You think they're people just like you. You're wrong. Dead wrong.
- Frank: I've walked a white line my entire life, I'm not about to screw that up. Nada: White line's in the middle of the road, that's the worst place to drive.
Nada: Brother, life's a bitch... and she's back in heat.
Nada: I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass... and I'm all out of bubblegum.
Frank: The Golden Rule: He who has the gold, makes the rules.
Street Preacher: This world may have blinded me, but the Lord has let me see.
- The line "I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I'm all out of bubble gum" was ad-libbed by Roddy Piper. According to director John Carpenter, Piper had taken the line from a list of ideas he had for his pro wrestling interviews.
The credited writer, "Frank Armitage," is a pseudonym for the director, John Carpenter. "Frank Armitage" is a reference to a character in Lovecraft's "The Dunwich Horror." Carpenter stated in an interview that he agreed with many of Lovecraft's world views, which helped shape the film's direction.
The fight between Nada (Roddy Piper) and Frank (Keith David) was only supposed to last 20 seconds, but Piper and David decided to fight it out for real, only faking the hits to the face and groin. They rehearsed the fight for three weeks. Carpenter was so impressed he kept the 5 minute and 20 second scene intact.
The communicators that the guards use are the P.K.E. meters from Ghost Busters (1984).
There is a thinly veiled jab at "Siskel & Ebert & the Movies" (1986), with both Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert as aliens. "Siskel" is denouncing George A. Romero and John Carpenter as too violent. (In fact, Siskel had written a scathing review of Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968).)
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