Actors: Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, Frank McRae, Elizabeth Pena, Dennis Boutsikaris
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|Frank Riley (Cronyn) is the elderly owner of Riley's cafe, a business on the ground floor of an old tenement. A developer has cleared several blocks in the entire neighborhood to prepare for a huge group of skyscrapers, but Riley and his somewhat senile wife Faye (Tandy) won't vacate. Neither will several of their neighbors: Harry (McRae), a former boxer who watches TV all day; Mason (Boutsikaris) a young failed painter; and Marisa (Pena) a pregnant Hispanic woman. The developer's henchman has hired a local gang headed by Carlos (Michael Carmine) to terrorize the tenants into moving out, but one day two tiny spaceships show up to even the odds. They're not only friendly, sly, and powerful, but they reproduce! This unlikely and somewhat cloying 1987 fairy tale-comedy has its moments; mostly, it's great to see old pros Cronyn and Tandy do their grouchy and light-headed shtick, respectively.
--David Loftus, Resident Scholar
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Movie
Actual chase scenes or violence - 30%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzle - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
**Fantasy or Science Fiction?**
- science fiction story
Generally friendly 1st contact with aliens?
- small businessman
- White (American)
- 20th century (1970's to Present)
Takes place on Earth?
Kind of city
- Dirty, crime-ridden (like NY)
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Tone of movie
Kinds of F/X
- exotic spaceships
- exotic aliens
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