*batteries not included

  • PG
  • Matthew Robbins (1987)
  • US
  • 106 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

The presence of the distinguished Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy makes this saccharine-sodden retread of Cocoon worth watching. They play residents of a doomed New York block of flats who find the unlikeliest of allies in the shape of a friendly group of alien space creatures. It's made by Steven Spielberg's production company Amblin, but, sadly, there is little of his magic touch here (even though it's based on one of his scripts for the Amazing Stories TV series), and director Matthew Robbins lets sentimentality run supreme. Nevertheless, Cronyn and Tandy effortlessly rise above it all, and children and soft-hearted adults will be enchanted.

Plot Summary

Science-fiction fantasy starring Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy. When an unscrupulous developer sends thugs to clear the last five tenants from a crumbling New York building, nothing short of a miracle can save them. But then help arrives in the shape of two tiny extraterrestrial visitors with magical powers.

Cast and crew

Cast

Frank Riley
Hume Cronyn
Faye Riley
Jessica Tandy
Harry Noble
Frank McRae
Marisa
Elizabeth Peña
Carlos
Michael Carmine
Mason
Dennis Boutsikaris
Sid
Tom Aldredge
Muriel
Jane Hoffman
Gus
John DiSanti
Kovacs
John Pankow
DeWitt
MacIntyre Dixon
Lacey
Michael Greene
Mrs Thompson
Doris Belack
Pamela
Wendy Schaal

Crew

Director
Matthew Robbins

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
U.I.P. (UK)
Available on video and DVD
Certificate PG
Categories
Childrens
Drama

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