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They Live (1988)

Roddy Piper , Keith David , John Carpenter  |  R |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (515 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg Foster, George 'Buck' Flower, Peter Jason
  • Directors: John Carpenter
  • Writers: John Carpenter, Ray Nelson
  • Producers: Andre Blay, Larry J. Franco, Sandy King, Shep Gordon
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 17, 2000
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (515 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305077754
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,421 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "They Live" on IMDb

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An economic crisis brings unemployed Nada (Roddy Piper) to L.A. in search of work. What he finds instead is that the ruling elite of the world are aliens in disguise, their aim being to keep humans in a state of mindless consumerism. His discovery comes when he dons a pair of special sunglasses made by a resistance group and sees for the first time reality unadorned. Billboards, store signs, magazine covers--all bear subliminal messages to OBEY, to CONSUME, to have NO INDEPENDENT THOUGHT. Money itself says THIS IS YOUR GOD. But worst of all, with these glasses you see which of us are really hideous, bug-eyed aliens. The conceptual breakthrough is hilarious while keeping its roots in darker matters. Although some fault the film for settling into its action plot, the ending has a great payoff. And the direction by John Carpenter is handled with superb workmanlike aplomb. One unforgettable set piece has Piper in a back-alley fistfight with a friend who won't put on the glasses that goes on and on, and just when you think it's over it goes another round. One of the most subversive films ever made in Hollywood, They Live was released on the eve of the 1988 elections. The first TV ads had two hideous alien politicians debating, then one accusing the other of being "No John Kennedy!" --Jim Gay

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They influence our decisions without us knowing it. They numb our senses without us feeling it. They control our lives without us realizing it. Horror master John Carpenter directs this action-packed sci-fi thriller about one man's battle against aliens who are systematically gaining control of the Earth.

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87 of 92 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Wondering what you world would be like if it were run by aliens that were trying to control your minds through subliminal messaging? Well, look no further than John Carpenter's cult classic They Live. Wresting superstar Roddy Piper stars as Nada, a drifter that stumbles upon a pair of sunglasses that show him the truth about his society and the world he inhabits. He discovers that humans are not the only beings to be living on the planet Earth. Nada also knows what he must do to save the human race from complete invasion of these creatures. Does he have enough time and manpower to stop these culprits of communication or will Nada only help them enslave the human race? It will all teeter on the amount of "bubblegum" that he carries with him!

Visionary director John Carpenter creates this world that is not unlike today's society. Glued to the television and void of independent thought, he shows us a human race that resembles cattle in the fields waiting for the farmer's next decision. Created well before The Matrix, Carpenter uses aliens to demonstrate the power of the media and the superpowers behind the scenes. In a world where we gather our truth from others and in the comfort of our own home, this film carries themes that are still relevant today. Carpenter shows us that we can live in a world, even a city, and not realize what is happening around us. How hidden are those subliminal messages in our culture? He also prods at the notion that only the wealthy can create the supposed truth, and that eventually the lines between wealthy and homeless with be much defined. There will be an elimination of the middle-class and humans would be at the bottom of the social order.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They Live, we cheer January 15, 2004
Format:DVD
After spending the last few months expanding my collection of John Carpenter DVDs to the best of my ability without plunging into bankruptcy, I've come to the inevitable conclusion that, despite his inactivity and supposed "downfall" over the last ten years, he is still one of our best (and unfortunately most underrated) directors. With a classic film like "Halloween" on his resume, it's easy to overlook the rest of his films like they could never possibly measure up. Truth be told, what could? "Halloween" was, is, and will forever be the alpha and omega of slasher film horror. That being said, "They Live" is probably one of the best corporate satires of the past twenty years. Made in the latter years of Reagan's eighties, John Carpenter's film, based off the short story titled "Eight in the Morning," is a fun action ride that moonlights as a biting satire of the stranglehold of greed in America.
Roddy Piper (how perfect is that?) stars as the man with no name (credited as "Nada" at the end), a drifter who finds work and friendship among a small habitat of homeless dwellers. He's also the man who eventually begins a quest for the truth behind a pair of special sunglasses that reveal the existence of alien lifeforms. Keith David plays the construction worker with a heart of gold who befriends Piper and they have some very interesting conversations.
"It's all a big game. The name of it is 'Getting Through Life.' Everybody's trying to finish first and do you in at the same time. They put you at the starting line and now, here we are: You do what you can, but remember, I wanna do my best, too... blow your a$$ away..."
Piper's laugh in response to David's diatribe about life in economic America might be simple in its form, but shattering in its true meaning.
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70 of 79 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MEN IN BLACK : THE SEARCH FOR THE GLASSES January 9, 2002
Format:DVD
Produced by Larry Franco and directed by John Carpenter in 1988, THEY LIVE never appears on the list of the best movies of the american master. I don't understand why. The carpenterian theme by excellence, the rebellion against the establishment, is the central theme of THEY LIVE, and, as far as it concerns action, the movie features one of the most impressing bare hand fights ever presented on screen.
Furthermore THEY LIVE presents a good sci-fi cliché à la Philip K. Dick - they're among us and I'm the only one who sees them -, a theme treated with intelligence by John Carpenter who does have a lot of fun to criticize our contemporary society. One will recognize some of the ideas of the movie in another Carpenter opus directed 10 years later : ESCAPE FROM L.A.
If you're a Carpenter fan, this DVD will soon be in your library but be aware that there isn't even a menu and that you're just allowed to surf into a scene access department. Shame on Image for their lack of respect. Great images and sound though.
A DVD zone rebellion.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
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They Live was the last movie of the 80s made by John Carpenter; in many ways this was the end of an era. From 1976-1988 Carpenter had quite an impressive run of what are seen now as classics. The 76-88 era is very much Carpenter's golden era and he actually wrote or co-wrote most of these movies, which makes it even more impressive.

What I love about They Live is the movie is mindless entertainment that isn't so mindless at all. There is a heavy does of social commentary and it's not subtle at all. John Carpenter doesn't hide his feelings at all. He had something he wanted to say and he doesn't hold back. Every movie becomes dated, but some hold up well. They Live is probably one of those movies that will almost always remain current. Even to this day the message delivered in They Live holds up to what's going on in the world.

The screenplay was written by John Carpenter under the name Frank Armitage and overall the script was quite well done. What I love about Carpenter as a writer is his scripts have a simple idea and they work so well. Also I really love the characters in Carpenter's movies regardless if he wrote the script or not he really knows how to bring characters to life. They Live has a good script, though maybe weaker than some of his past ones, but overall it's quite well done. About the only real complaint I have is the first 30-minutes almost seem like fillers.

While there is character development you can actually lose the first 30-minutes and not lose any of the plot or any of the character development and the movie would still work and not feel like anything is missing. That's not to say the first 30-minutes were bad or boring. They do work, but I just feel like some of the scenes were sort of filler scenes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I see now
Published 1 day ago by Cedrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 3 days ago by Gerry Gelpi
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see for all who know or think that we ...
Must see for all who know or think that we are being manipulated and kept asleep.
Very well done. Says it all.
Published 3 days ago by Valerie Blaustein
5.0 out of 5 stars THEY LIVE
This a great movie to witch. Rowdy Roddy Piper adds action and comedy to this movie. Movie was in excellent shape. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Teresa Bailey
2.0 out of 5 stars Good movie and throwback to the mid 80's
Good movie and throwback to the mid 80's. I was disappointed over the lack of full screen capability. Read more
Published 7 days ago by 2012timmyt81
5.0 out of 5 stars oh yes
hahaha roddy rowdy piper.........great movie.
Published 9 days ago by ronnie007
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
cool old movie
Published 11 days ago by Wyatt Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of my favorite "it's so bad it's good" movies
This is one of my favorite "it's so bad it's good" movies. Great to watch on a rainy weekend when you can enjoy a "double feature" with any other favorite movie.
Published 15 days ago by Kay Rubio
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it.
Published 16 days ago by Vett
2.0 out of 5 stars ... low budget and senseless that it's laughable if you like that sort...
Its so low budget and senseless that it's laughable if you like that sort of thing .
Roddy Piper was the star bad boy wrestler of his time.
Published 17 days ago by jack
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