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Strange Invaders (1983)

Paul Le Mat , Nancy Allen , Michael Laughlin  |  PG |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paul Le Mat, Nancy Allen, Diana Scarwid, Michael Lerner, Louise Fletcher
  • Directors: Michael Laughlin
  • Writers: Michael Laughlin, Bill Condon, Walter Halsey Davis
  • Producers: Joel Cohen, Richard Moore, Walter Coblenz
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: November 20, 2001
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005O074
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,179 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Strange Invaders" on IMDb

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Invitingly Weird! December 8, 2001
Both an entertaining sci-fi spoof and a satisfying example of the genre in and of itself. Searching for his missing ex-wife, hero Paul LeMat travels to her hometown of Centerville (aka "Anytown, USA"), where everyone seems a bit odd, and nothing seems to have changed much since 1958. Could the town have been taken over ... by aliens?! That laser-beaming finger might be a clue! Let the scary but good-natured fun begin. Genre fans will want to watch closely for the many homages to films and TV series from the 1950's through the early 1980's including "Invasion of the Body Snatchers", "Lost in Space" (June Lockhart and Mark Goddard have small roles), "Close Encounters of the Third Kind", and dozens more. Other viewers may want to simply concentrate on the fine performances of LeMat, Louise Fletcher, Michael Lerner, Wallace Shawn, and especially leading lady Nancy Allen whose uniquely sassy charm serves the film well. The strangest performance is given by Diana Scarwid, who plays LeMat's ex-wife; she recites her lines in the same flat, sing-song voice that she used to play the adult Christina Crawford in "Mommie Dearest", and while her tone is distractingly obnoxious, she's impossible to dislike.
The widescreen DVD presentation, though not anamorphic, is completely acceptable and beautifully showcases the often gorgeous cinematography. The sound and video tranfers are fine, although the source print does seem a bit grainy near the beginning of the movie. Extras include a director's commentary and the Original Theatrical Trailer. Overall, a very nice edition of a film that deservedly enjoys a small - but loyal - cult following.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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The movie Strange Invaders has been a favorite since I saw it in the early 80's on HBO. The movie, re-released for purchase for the first time since its original release in 1984, heralds very special effects (amazing even by the standards of the new millenium).
This homage to the 1950's martian classics brings together a great cast: Nancy Allen brings a great deal of depth to her role as Betty Walker, the tabloid reporter hot on the trail of the clandestine "visitors". Other actresses may have faltered considereing the circumstances, but Allen takes the ball and runs with it. Her solid performance adds the extra initiative that the viewer needs to actually care what happens to the cast. Paul LeMat, although a usual favorite, plays his role as Charles Bigelow a bit too stiff but for the most gives an impressive performance. Oscar nominees Diana Scarwid (as Margaret, Charlie's alien ex-wife and mother of their child) and Michael Lerner (as Willie, the now-locked-up key to understanding why the aliens are here on earth) co-star with One Flew Over the Kookoo's Nest Oscar Winner Louise Flether, who seems disgusted that after winning an Academy Award, her agent allowed her to get fifth billing in Strange Invaders.
The great special effects, chillingly memorable score, tongue-in-cheek humor mixed with genuine thrills and the great performances (most notably the wonderful Nancy Allen who has been stuck in supporting roles in recent flicks like Steven Soderberg's Clooney-Lopez hit Out Of Sight and the Christopher Walken-Michael Rappaport mafia comedy Kiss Toledo Goodbye)
Yes, it IS Strange, but campy good fun, too. Now MGM just needs to release this on DVD and all will be good....strange, but good.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beware the Avon lady! January 10, 2001
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A well-intentioned sci-fi romp that suffers a bit due to an indecisive director.He starts out with a campy, affectionate spoof of 50's sci-fi films (a la "Matinee"); but at midpoint does a 180 degree spin and gets "serious". In spite of this problem,the appealing performers hold your interest. Paul LeMat is an etymologist (who should have looked closer at his ex-wife's anatomy!)and Nancy Allen is the "Weekly World News"-type writer who joins him on an "X-Files" style investigation. There are some very funny bits, especially involving an Avon lady (who redefines the concept of "doing a face peel"). You'll have to look fast for a clever visual gag involving Steven Spielberg's photo. There's enough quirky charm here to even forgive the scene showing someone playing a video arcade game (in the 1950's?!).Note of irony: a subplot involving LeMat's daughter eerily pre-sages the Elian Gonzales situation (talk about an illegal alien!) Mostly harmless.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Earth girls (and tabloid reporters) are easy... April 12, 2006
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I'm sure many of us have had a sinking suspicion at one time or another that aliens have possibly been among us for awhile (you can't tell me that creepy guy who lives down the street from you is of this Earth), having insinuated themselves among our society, perhaps even cross breeding with our species, but few films really had the guts to relate the situation like that of Strange Invaders (1983), the film the aliens, and the gooberment, didn't want you to see...directed by Michael Laughlin (Strange Behavior) and co-written by Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Kinsey), the film stars Paul Le Mat (American Graffiti, Melvin and Howard) and Nancy Allen (Carrie, Dressed to Kill, RoboCop). Also appearing is Diana `no wire hangers' Scarwid (Mommie Dearest, Silkwood), Michael Lerner (Eight Men Out, Barton Fink), Louise Fletcher (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Brainstorm), Fiona Lewis (The Fearless Vampire Killers, Tintorera), and Kenneth Tobey (The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, It Came from Beneath the Sea), probably best known for his role as Captain Patrick Hendry in Howard Hawks 1951 science fiction classic The Thing from Another World...and keep and eye out for a couple of "Lost in Space" regulars in June `Maureen Robinson' Lockhart and Mark `Major Don West' Goddard in bit parts.

As the film begins it's the year 1958 and we find ourselves in the small, rural town of Centerville, Il. After some establishing shots we soon see a giant space phallus appear in the sky, heralding the arrival of non-indigenous life forms (I hope they brought some moon candy) forward 25 years later and now we're in New York City attending a lecture on bugs hosted by professor of entomology Charles Bigelow (Le Mat).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Strange invadors
Nancy Allen is one of my favorites. Movie corny but fun. It is fun to watch and see some of the familiar characters seen on TV and movies.
Published 6 months ago by H. S. Cover
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT SCI-FI
Loved this sci-fi movie as there wasn't a dull moment at all. Very unusual and great acting. Loved it and wanted to buy it for a while.
Published 7 months ago by R. THORNE
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I came across this movie while scowering the net. I found one new copy for $45.00 said it was out of print and rare. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Movie Nut Deb
5.0 out of 5 stars Campy
This is my "back up" copy. I am afraid this dvd will be taken out of distribution so bought it as my back up in case I wear ,y first one out. I often do this. Read more
Published 20 months ago by J. Kroeckel
4.0 out of 5 stars OK KIDS MOVIE
Almost Disney-like. Paul was in American Graffiti driving the piss-yellow hot rod. He was Melvin in Melvin and Howard. Read more
Published on April 6, 2012 by Buyer Bob
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange indeed!
I was ready to dislike this movie. It seemed cheesy and too strange and it is, but it all works. The music helps because it gives the entire movie an eerie tone. Read more
Published on January 11, 2012 by W. Foley
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange Invaders
I love these old sci-fi movies they are just fun with little gore. There is always a little romance. Even the special effects make it enjoyable.
Published on January 4, 2012 by K. Marlow
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun Little Spoofy Sci-Fi Homage Movie
A movie that is a homage and spoof of the alien movies that have been popular since the 1950s, STRANGE INVADERS begins in small Illinois town during the summer of 1958. Read more
Published on May 29, 2010 by tvtv3
3.0 out of 5 stars Joe Dante hybrid minus the skill
It's difficult to dislike "Strange Invaders," a jovial 1983 tribute to those wonderful science fiction classics of the 1950s. Read more
Published on March 5, 2010 by Chris Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange Invaders movie
I haven't seen this movie since i was little. It brought back memories of my childhood. Thanks Amazon. I will defenitely order from you again.
Published on September 25, 2009 by lauriedavis62
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