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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 »

Director:

Michael Laughlin

Writers:

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 (as Paul LeMat)
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 (as Ken Tobey)
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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Storyline

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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Details

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

Gross USA:

$1,362,303

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$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 character of Charles Bigelow was originally written with Michael Murphy in mind but his casting was rejected by EMI Films. In the end the role was cast with Paul Le Mat. Murphy had played the lead role in the earlier related film Strange Behavior (1981). In the Starlog 1983 article "Michael Laughlin: Attack of the Killer Cliches", Laughlin said "there didn't seem to be a good reason for his rejection. I guess it was a matter of personal taste". See more »

Goofs

The red truck at the beginning of the movie that has the teenage couple in it keeps changing. The wooden side rails on the truck box disappear and reappear. See more »

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Mrs. Benjamin: [to FBI man, to whom she previously said that nobody takes the train any more] They took the train!
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Kenneth Tobey!
2 February 2009 | by ctomvelu-1See all my reviews

A clever plot -- aliens take over a small town in rural America -- is almost done in by a plodding pace and the weakest leading man to ever appear in a sci-fi movie, Paul LeMat. Nevertheless, the movie has a strange charm, as LeMat travels to this podunkville to find his ex-wife, who inexplicably vanishes while visiting the town. The ending holds a couple of surprises, but by then you'll probably be glad the damn thing's over. The main reason to watch this sort-of cult classic is to see how closely a film made in 1983 succeeds in paying homage to all those cheeseball sci-fi flicks of the 1950s, when commies were the biggest threat, often showing up in sci-fi movies disguised as invading aliens. I have no doubt that as low-budget as this production was, it had its influence on ABC's classic sci-fi show, THE INVADERS. Also, keep an eye out for several familiar faces dotting the landscape, including Ken Tobey, star of Howard Hawks' 1951 commie threat epic, THE THING FROM Another WORLD.


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