Morons from Outer Space (1985)

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In this partially successful Brit sci-fi comedy, four invading aliens cannot really think their way out of a paper bag, much less conquer Earth with their superior knowledge (apparently also non-existent). Of the aliens, Desmond (Jimmy Nail) is particularly thick-headed and leaves Bernard (Mel Smith) dangling out in space, Sandra (Joanne Pearce) attracts the romantic interest of British Commander Matteson (Dinsdale Landen), and Julian (Paul Brown) is along for the ride. After this trio causes a traffic snarl when they land on a British expressway, they are first interrogated and then given jobs in showbiz so they can support themselves. This leads to a great rock singing career, which in turn, leads to a U.S. tour -- though this does not equate rock singers and aliens. Meanwhile, Bernard has been saved from his abandonment in space by an unlikely space-wanderer who drops him off in the U.S., where he is put in an insane asylum. Sure enough, when his three companions start their U.S. tour, Bernard escapes and tries to rejoin them. The saga continues on until some sort of very unlikely rescue seems in store.
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PG-13 (N/A)
Genre:
Comedy , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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HBO Video

Cast

Jimmy Nail
as Desmond Brock
Mel Smith
as Bernard
Paul Brown
as Julian Tope
Joanne Pearce
as Sandra Brock
Griff Rhys Jones
as Graham Sweetley
James B. Sikking
as Col. Laribee
Dinsdale Landen
as Cmdr. Matteson
Paul Bown
as Julian
George Innes
as Stanley
John Joyce
as Chief Inspector Miller
Leonard Fenton
as Commissionaire
Andre Maranne
as Trousseaux
Joanna Dickens
as Lady Farmer
R.J. Bell
as Klutz
Peter Whitman
as Friborg
Billy Mitchell
as Commander
Edward Wiley
as Laribee's Aide
Robert Austin
as Newscaster
John Barcroft
as McKenzie
Bill Stewart
as Walters
Joss Buckley
as TV presenter
Bob Sessions
as TV Presenter
Roger Hammond
as Soundman
Ed Wiley
as Laribee's Aide
Des Webb
as Eskimo chief
Derek Deadman
as Man in Car
Angela Crow
as Woman in Car
Jimmy Mulville
as Motorway Policeman
Lesley Grantham
as Policeman's Assistant
Barbara Hicks
as Stenographer
Tim Barker
as Mathematician
Shane Rimmer
as Redneck
Diane Ricardo
as Redneck's Daughter
Miriam Margolyes
as Lady Scientist
Ian East
as Scientist
James Taylor
as Minister
Christopher Northey
as Whitehall Flunkie
Jo Ross
as Lady in Dining Room
Edward Arthur
as Chat Show Host
Shelley Thompson
as Nurse Perce
John Clamp
as Bobby
Richenda Carey
as Countess Gretel
David Haig
as Flunkie
Robert Henderson
as Diner Customer
Karen Lancaster
as Stanley's assistant
Ronnie Stevens
as Hotel Manager
David James
as Policeman
John O'Toole
as Security Guard
Harriet Thorpe
as Blood Royal Lady
Peter Straker
as Choir Lead Singer
Robin Driscoll
as Space Pilot
Billy J. Mitchell
as Commander
David James
as Policeman
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Critic Reviews for Morons from Outer Space

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Audience Reviews for Morons from Outer Space

½

The morons from outer space must have included Mike Hodges because this was just so stupid! Somewhat funny, at least.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Original and fun comedy horror film about dimwitted aliens. The film is an entertaining ride from start to finish and it definitely is a memorable cult film. The plot is pretty simple, but it is entertaining and fun. Morons from Outer Space does have its flaws, but overall manages to be an entertaining ride that every horror fan should take. The film definitely one of the better horror comedies out there and it is a film that has a terrific idea that works well enough. The film has its flaws, and it could have been better, but for the most part, director Mike Hodges direction is effective to keep you interested from start to finish. The actors playing the aliens are good in their performances, and it's the films main strength that makes Morons from Outer Space such a fun film. Comedic bits are strewn throughout and they overcome the film's imperfections such as towards the end, the film loses steam and slows down and becomes slightly tiring. This is very much the case with such films, and it is to be expected. Nonetheless this is an overlooked gem in the genre that deserves to be seen again and it's enjoyable as pure mindlessness from start to finish. The cast definitely make the material invigorating and refreshing. If only more films were like this, as it is a film that never takes itself seriously, and it's what makes it so much fun to enjoy with fellow genre fans. If you come across this obscured title, give it a shot, you may be surprised at how much you'll like it. A definite must see for midnight horror fans.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

½

Bit of an overlooked Comedy starring Jimmy Nail (Still Crazy) and Mel Smith (The Princess Bride) who belong to a group of four aliens from the planet "Blob" that crash on Earth, and despite the fact that they are human in appearance and genetic make-up. The fact that they are from a distant planet causes a media frenzy that takes the country by storm. The only problem is as the world waits to hear what these other-worldly and super-intelligent beings have to say it is slowly revealed that they are in fact complete morons. While not the best film, it is a look into just how bad the media is and how bad people can be when a small story blows up big, and captures the world's imaginations. Really funny, and underrated Morons from Outer Space is a hidden gem, and if you can find a copy then you may want to check it out.

Jason Reneau
Jason Reneau

Super Reviewer

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