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They Live (1988) (John Carpenter\'s They Live)

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Rousing, thought-provoking sci-fi actioner

4 years, 7 months ago at Nov 13 14:07
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"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!

10 years, 1 month ago at May 11 13:09
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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

4 years, 10 months ago at Aug 19 0:50
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"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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A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth.
Release date: 4 November 1988
UPC: 014381423426
Tags: Action (18), Sci-fi (18), 1988 (16), 1980s (13), Satire (12), Aliens (11), Horror (10), Consumerism (9), Police Brutality (8), Conspiracy (8), Thriller (7), Based On Short Story (7), Sunglasses (6), Alien (6), Comedy (6), Usa (5), Alien Invasion (5), Television (5), Social Commentary (5), Villainess (4)
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"John Carpenter's underrated cult classic has Roddy Piper as a drifter who finds himself facing aliens that he can see when using a special pair of sunglasses. Carpenter's fun sci-fi action picture has plenty of set pieces and some off-the-wall one-liners like the now infamous "I came to chew bubble gum and kick ass...and I'm all out of bubble gum!" Piper is ably supported by David Keith and their epic fight sequence has gone down in cult cinema history as one of the best."


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"9.6 (uusintakatselu) Carpenterin kapitalistinen kannanotto lyö toisellakin katselukerralla juppiyhteiskunnalta jauhot kurkkuun. Mielipide ei ole muuttunut ensimmäisestä kerrasta lainkaan, mutta vanhempana ja viisaampana ymmärsin entistä enemmän elokuvan pointin. Mustavalkoestetiikka on suora kunnianosoitus 50-luvun B-luokan kauhuelokuville, joiden parissa Carpenter varttui. Kohtaus, jossa Roddy Piper ja Keith David tappelevat kujalla kuvaa sitä, miten työväenluokka jaksaa tapella keske"


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" Familiar Actors: Roddy Piper Keith David Meg Foster Peter Jason Jeff Imada John Carpenter Al Leong and Matt McColm True Rating: 6.4/10 Body Count: 57 give or take"


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