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Overview

Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy are among the impoverished residents of a slum tenement threatened with demolition by evil land developers. Only a miracle can save Cronyn, Tandy, and their friends -- and that miracle manifests itself in the form of a "family" of extraterrestrial flying saucers, who need the electricity provided by the tenement to survive. The grateful humanized spaceships repay their earthbound hosts by doing battle with the villains' henchmen. When the building is engulfed in flames, all seems ...
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Overview

Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy are among the impoverished residents of a slum tenement threatened with demolition by evil land developers. Only a miracle can save Cronyn, Tandy, and their friends -- and that miracle manifests itself in the form of a "family" of extraterrestrial flying saucers, who need the electricity provided by the tenement to survive. The grateful humanized spaceships repay their earthbound hosts by doing battle with the villains' henchmen. When the building is engulfed in flames, all seems lost, but the aliens have a few more tricks up their metallic sleeves.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Matthew Tobey
Co-written and produced by Steven Spielberg, it's hardly worth noting that this film was directed by Matthew Robbins. It looks and feels like a Spielberg movie. Blending together cute and curious aliens and geriatrics who've still got some life in them despite their years, one would assume that *batteries not included is an attempt to bridge the gap between E.T. and Cocoon. And while it surely falls short of the greatness of those classics, it isn't completely worth avoiding, especially for younger viewers and families. After all, the ho-hum story line about an evil land developer using illegal tactics to evict the residents of a run-down tenement is really just a backdrop for the admittedly dazzling effects and the charming performances of real-life husband and wife Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy. And it is those elements that make this an undoubtedly sweet and likeable experience.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/1992
  • UPC: 096898077033
  • Original Release: 1987
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hume Cronyn Frank Riley
Jessica Tandy Faye Riley
Frank McRae Harry Noble
Elizabeth Peña Marisa
Michael Carmine Carlos
Dennis Boutsikaris Mason
Tom Aldredge Sid
John de Santi Gus
MacIntyre Dixon DeWitt
Michael Greene Lacey
Jane Hoffman Muriel
John Pankow Kovacs
James LeGros
Technical Credits
Matthew Robbins Director, Screenwriter
David Allen Special Effects
Hal Barwood Screenwriter
Brad Bird Screenwriter
Gene S. Cantamessa Sound Mixer
Mick Garris Screenwriter
Angelo P. Graham Art Director
Jerry Grandey Asst. Director
Ted Haworth Production Designer
James Horner Score Composer
Industrial Light & Magic Special Effects
Kathleen Kennedy Executive Producer, Producer
Brent Maddock Screenwriter
Frank Marshall Executive Producer, Producer
John McPherson Cinematographer
George R. Nelson Set Decoration/Design
Penny Perry Casting
Aggie Guerard Rodgers Costumes/Costume Designer
Cynthia Scheider Editor
Ronald L. Schwary Producer
Steven Spielberg Executive Producer, Producer, Screenwriter
S.S. Wilson Screenwriter
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A fun movie for the Family

    I had seen this movie before, and remembered being able to enjoy it and not worry about the sex or languarge. A fun time by all.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    *energy created within

    IMHO, any production with Hume Cronyn & Jessica Tandy is a winner, by definition! This movie is no exception. They took what could have been a cheesy little sci-fi flick & elevated it to pull-on-your-heartstrings level. All who wander are not lost, and all who have lost their marbles may still have several synapses still firing. This movie is a sweet paean to old-fashioned love that will see you through. It is pure escapism, which left me wondering if maybe, just maybe...?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Yes to "Batteries Not Included"

    Excellent, light and set in NYC; simply couldn't be more fun for adults! Jessica Tandy and her real-life husband, Hume Cronyn, dancing together to the jukebox in their resurrected Diner is a true delight!!

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