*batteries not included

*batteries not included

Matthew Robbins (1987)

106min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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.

Summary

A family of tiny alien spacecraft intervenes to help the residents of a run-down Manhattan brownstone tenement stop greedy developers from demolishing their homes. However, the miniature flying saucers have the odds stacked against them as they bravely do all they can to save the day. Sci-fi fantasy, starring Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn, Frank McRae and Elizabeth Pena.

Cast & Crew

Faye Riley Jessica Tandy
Frank Riley Hume Cronyn
Mason Baylor Dennis Boutsikaris
Harry Noble Frank McRae
Marisa Esteval Elizabeth Pena
Carlos Michael Carmine
Sid Hogenson Tom Aldredge
Muriel Hogenson Jane Hoffman
Gus John DiSanti
Kovacs John Pankow
Director Matthew Robbins
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK)Guidance: Edited for language.Available on: video and DVD
Drama Children's