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They Live
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(488 ratings)
7.3 IMDB rating

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Meg Foster

Meg Foster

Holly
Peter Jason

Peter Jason

Gilbert
Raymond St. Jacques

Raymond St. Jacques

Street Preacher
Jason Robards III

Jason Robards III

Family Man
John Lawrence

John Lawrence

Bearded Man


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I'm here to chew bubblegum...

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Rousing, thought-provoking sci-fi actioner

5 months, 1 week ago at Nov 13 14:07
3 votes
"I've come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass... and I'm all out of bubblegum."

Although director John Carpenter masterminded a number of cinematic gems during the 1980s, They Live is arguably his coolest and most enjoyable effort from the decade. Written by Carpenter himself, it's a delightful sci-fi action romp, bolstered by an astute screenplay which mixes social commentary, exc... read more

He lives!

5 years, 11 months ago at May 11 13:09
2 votes
They Live is another cult favourite from sci-fi supremo John Carpenter. Based on the short story Eight O’Clock in the Morning by Ray Nelson, They Live follows a homeless labourer who has drifted into Los Angeles in the search for work.

Set in a future where the divide between the rich and the poor is exacerbating at an extraordinary rate, unemployment and homelessness are common p... read more

Cheesy But Fun

8 months ago at Aug 19 0:50
2 votes
"They Live" is cheddar cheese, Swiss cheese, Brie Cheese, topped by a great terrible performance by pro wrestler "Rowdy" Roddy Piper as the unnamed shotgun-toting protagonist. "I'm here to chew bubblegum and kick ass. And I'm all out of bubblegum." Yes you are, Rowdy, and never has such a line, so daringly uttered, struck such fear into the hearts into cadaver-faced extra-terrestrials as this.read more
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Release date: 4 November 1988
UPC: 014381423426
Action (18), Sci-fi (15), 1988 (14), Satire (12), Horror (10), 1980s (10), Consumerism (9), Police Brutality (8), Conspiracy (8), Aliens (8), Thriller (7), Based On Short Story (7), Sunglasses (6), Comedy (6), Alien (6), Social Commentary (5), Alien Invasion (5), Television (5), Usa (4), Villainess (4)
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"1st viewing, PV/TV 2 February 2014 Directed by: John Carpenter Hitaasti käyntiin lähtevä, mutta loppujen lopuksi melko viihdyttävä elokuva, jossa juonena toimii hiukan kulahtanut satiirinen kuvaus kultusyhteiskunnan uhista. Pääosanesittäjänä toimi suhteellisen karismaton perusduunari, joka huvitti eniten laukoessaan täysin irrallisia ja kekseliäitä loukkauksia ohikulkijoille saatuaan päähänsä maailmaa avartavat aurinkolasit. Toimintakohtaukset viihdyttivät kokonaisuudessa eh"


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"02.02. PC, 1st viewing DIRECTED BY John Carpenter A silly action film with a bit childishly presented message about the dangers of consumerism and television. I just wish it was a lot sillier: the best part is definitely when the mulleted protagonist starts acting like a complete dick and psychopath when he starts wearing those magic glasses. Some hilarious, legendary lines here. Cool ending, too. "


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PvtCaboose91 posted a review 5 months, 1 week ago

Rousing, thought-provoking sci-fi actioner

“"I've come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass... and I'm all out of bubblegum."

Although director John Carpenter masterminded a number of cinematic gems during the 1980s, They Live is arguably his coolest and most enjoyable effort from the decade. Written by Carpenter himself, it's a delightful sci-fi action romp, bolstered by an astute screenplay which mixes social commentary, exciting action and terrific one-liners, approaching RoboCop levels of greatness. And despite being made in 1988, They Live has aged remarkably well, remaining every bit as sharp and entertaining as it has always been. They Live has to be one of the most underrated and overlooked pictures on Carpenter's filmography, too, which is a shame because it's absolutely worthy of a large audience.

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" 'They Live' was so cool! Roddy Piper does this amazing job of making us believe he's actually seeing aliens through these sunglasses. He's so non-chalant and natural the whole time. Yeah, the aliens are kind of goofy mask people with bad makeup, but he is so adamant about them being real, you just go along with it. Sure, I'll bite. The way it ended was semi-surprising as well. I'll definitely see this again in the future."


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" A thought-provoking treatise on consumer culture that just happens to feature Rowdy Roddy Piper killing aliens, They Live could have a been a NES game that made you think as well as tested your reflexes. Something Contra-like, perhaps, with the backgrounds and enemy sprites changing to reveal their true forms once Nada picks up some sunglasses. There's a sub-boss fight against a digitised Keith David that lasts roughly forty-seven minutes, and if you could cram a voice sample of Piper bemoanin"


moviebuff15 posted a review 8 months ago

Cheesy But Fun

“"They Live" is cheddar cheese, Swiss cheese, Brie Cheese, topped by a great terrible performance by pro wrestler "Rowdy" Roddy Piper as the unnamed shotgun-toting protagonist. "I'm here to chew bubblegum and kick ass. And I'm all out of bubblegum." Yes you are, Rowdy, and never has such a line, so daringly uttered, struck such fear into the hearts into cadaver-faced extra-terrestrials as this.

Rowdy plays a wandering laborer, who finds himself living in a little shanty-town in LA. When police storm the place, Roddy finds a box of sunglasses. One look through a pair of these sunglasses, and Roddy can see that everything's a lie... aliens have taken over the world right under our noses and are systematically brainwashing us with subliminal messages such as 'Obey,' Watch TV,' and ” read more


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