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*Batteries Not Included (1987)

Jessica Tandy , Hume Cronyn , Matthew Robbins  |  PG |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (279 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn, Frank McRae, Elizabeth Pena, Michael Carmine
  • Directors: Matthew Robbins
  • Writers: Matthew Robbins, Brad Bird, Brent Maddock, S.S. Wilson
  • Producers: Ronald L. Schwary, Steven Spielberg
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: March 16, 1999
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (279 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0783232047
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,003 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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    When an unscrupulous real estate developer sends thugs into a deteriorating tenement to get rid of the last five tenants, they need nothing short of a miracle to stay where they are. In this delightful fantasy presented by Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg, little stands between the brave holdouts and the street. But one night, when all hope seems lost, tiny visitors from outer space mysteriously glide through their windows. As if in answer to their prayers, the incredible creatures begin to turn the tide with their magical powers. Filled with dazzling special effects, the amazing story of intergalactic warmth stars the acclaimed husband-and-wife team of Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy as a pair of feisty long-term tenants whose faith is rewarded in ways they never expected.

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    67 of 68 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Belongs in every children's collection March 24, 2004
    ... whether or not you have kids. It has some moments that might make a four-year-old cling to an adult, but every kid I know likes it. No guns, no bloody fights, no chases, and it still holds their interest.
    There's plenty here for an adult - "dotty grandma" isn't a completely comic character here. She's not just a tragic figure of senility, either, though she's some of both. Mostly, she's just making her way through each day the best she can, and better than people seem willing to believe. Most of the other characters are similarly on the edge but muddling by well enough, with a little help from their friends.
    I honestly can't call this a science fiction movie, despite its SF elements. It's sweet (almost sappy) and funny, the poor-but-honest folk win out over the thugs and evil corporations, and they all live happily ever after. Well, for now, at least.
    If there's ever a list of "most under-rated movies", this one gets my vote. I like it.
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    52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A sentimental little beauty from Spielberg December 24, 2003
    Format:VHS Tape
    This 1987 little sentimental ditty was utterly irresistible to the public, even as critics panned it as too schmaltzy. It concerns a squadron of little UFOs who arrive on the room of a NY apartment building, one which is about to be razed as soon as the owners can manage to evict the quirky bunch of tenants. The tenants include Hume Cronin and Jessica Tandy (always and forever a winning pair) as well as a guy who plays a mentally (or emotionally - or maybe both) disabled man who speaks only in set phrases from commercials or TV jingles or product tags, such as that of the title: Batteries Not Included. As the tenants band together to save the lives of the little aliens, including a spine-tingling scene in which one gives birth, the aliens come to the rescue of the folks in danger of eviction - and the tenants, previously a disparate bunch, come together to form a community.
    Heartwarming. Great family entertainment
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    28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another Blockbuster for Hume and Jessica June 4, 2000
    Format:VHS Tape
    Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy have been in many movies together, one reason because they are married in real life (until she died a few years ago) and they were so great together. This movie was heart-wrenching in the fact that Jessica's character had lost her mind since the death of her son in a car accident. It was sweet and memorable and funny with the little spaceships helping them out in their time of need. The little guys brought her back to her senses, and even kept the bad guys from tearing down the building where the people lived.
    This is a great show and should be viewed by everyone. If you liked ET, you would love Batteries Not Included. Any movie that has me laughing and crying in the same movie, has got to be great.
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    30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Critics? HA! September 28, 2000
    Format:VHS Tape
    Go figure..if you pay attention to "editorial reviews" for this little movie, a person would never waste a dime to see it.....but this is AMERICA and we ignore critics!!!! (Read the other customer reviews, they couldn't be any more opposite the opinion of our "critics". Hundreds of times they've hated a movie and it's been terrific, whether at the box office or when it hit video)
    Perhaps there's not enough here for these two to bite into, but Mr. Maltin and Mr. Keogh should be less nasty and critical of this film and criticize something else....Patton, Full Metal Jacket, Platoon, can leave this little movie alone...It's for kids, guys. Amusing, while not too heavy except some violence regarding the apartment building with some smashing and burning, which of course is repaired by the "little guys". Small flying saucers, "little guys" as Jessica refers to them, zoom all over New York secretly repairing "stuff" that's not perfect......silly yes, but who cares? It's a fantasy..... Go with it for goodness sake. Hume Cronyn (Frank Riley) and real life wife, Jessica Tandy (Faye Riley) act together in too few a number of films (Cocoon and its sequel, are a couple). Each character in the movie has his/her problems, each prays for a little help and gets it in this most curious way, feeling God answered them in this way.
    It's a fantasy....don't be expecting oscar performances from anyone. Jessica thinks the local fire bombing hood, Carlos, is her deceased son, who was in a car wreck years before. She suffers from altzheimers and so doesn't remember he's dead. Referring to Carlos, as Bobby; all the while he's trying to burn their building to ashes.
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    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fiction from real life, wonderful tale! September 4, 2000
    Format:VHS Tape
    In real life, a long time ago, Macy's Dept Store in NYC put up a large store around a stubborn, little o lady who refused to sell or move. She was a symbol for protecting your family home and individual rights. When she passed, Macy's Dept Store annexed the land to fill in her gap, fulfilling their block-size store. BUT, in honor of that little old lady, Macy's left a plack.
    THIS VIDEO is a wonderful fictional tale resembling that little old lady who fought a giant and won. A couple played by Hume Cronyn (Frank Riley ) and Jessica Tandy ( Faye Riley ) are confronted by an evil business man named " L a c y " who is using unethical means to force the couple out. When all seems hopeless, the couple meet space aliens who like to fix things. It seems the aliens enjoy the brownstone for their own needs. ADD: Frank McRae, Elizabeth Peña, Michael Carmine, Dennis Boutsikaris, Tom Aldredge, Jane Hoffman, John DiSanti, and John Pankow. This is terrific family film that leaves you feeling great about the universe and its possibilities.
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