*batteries not included (1987)




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Faced with eviction by an evil land developer, the poor residents of a slum are helped by flying saucers that need the electricity they find there to survive. The grateful spaceships repay the kindness of their hosts by battling the developer and all ends well.

Rating: G (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Brent Maddock, Brad Bird, Mick Garris, S.S. Wilson, Hal Barwood
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On DVD: Mar 16, 1999
Universal Pictures


as Frank Riley

as Faye Riley

as Harry Noble

as Marisa Esteval

as Kovacs
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The extraterrestrial elves, who thrive on electricity and replicate themselves out of scrap metal, are no less charming, and the special effects show them off gracefully.

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Audience Reviews for *batteries not included

Batteries not Included is a childhood favorite and is a perfect family film. Well directed by Matthew Robbins, this is a great film and it has such a good story. This is the type of film that remains a classic long after you've seen it. The cast here are wonderful in their parts and this is such a wonderful film. The story is just great and charming. As far as family films are concerned, this is the perfect film to watch as a family. With plenty of memorable scenes, this film just is pure magic and loads of fun from start to finish. I very much loved the film, thought it was very entertaining and fun. The film succeeded at being one of those films that has stood the test of time. This is a brilliant film, one that people of all ages will surely enjoy. This is a fine mix of drama and comedy with Sci Fi, and it works very well. Steven Spielberg has produced this film, and he helps give it a bit more charm. A great film that is almost perfect, Batteries not Included is a must see. The special effects are great as well and the aliens are well done as well. This is simply put a charming, well directed family film that is a must see for anyone of all ages. This is a fun film from start to finish. This is one of the best films of its kind since E.T and it has everything you'd expect from a family film. Matthew Robbins directs something special here, and it's no wonder that Batteries not Included is such a fine little film. This is a must see for nostalgia fans and this one does bring some good memories.

Alex roy

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A heartwarming story of aliens saving a lost group of souls. I grew up watching this movie and it will always be one of my favorites.

Alexis Nomm

Super Reviewer

For many years, I've been wanting to see "Batteries Not Included," but none of the local video stores carried it, so I had to wait until it came on television. I finally got my chance tonight to watch what my mom calls 'one of her favorites.'
In "Batteries Not Included," a couple of miniature UFO's enter a housing complex that has troubled people living inside its quarters. These people are troubled because the building in which they are living, is on schedule to be torn down to shreds, and they don't want to move to a different place. As strange as it may sound, these two tiny UFO's just might be able to help these humans. That is, if they're friendly unidentified flying objects.

I agree that "Batteries Not Included" is a good movie, but unlike my mom, I wouldn't call it one of my favorites. It has decent acting, it's entertaining, and the special effects are good enough. It's a mix between a drama and a family movie. One part even stood out as being hilarious, and you'll know it when you see it. If you like good movies, I recommend at least renting "Batteries Not Included." NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2001.

Jason Owens

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