*batteries not included (1987)

35mm film, colour
Dolby Stereo, English

An American science fiction film directed by Matthew Robbins.

Plot Summary

The residents of an apartment block find unexpected help in the shape of alien robots when their homes are scheduled for demolition.


Directed by: Matthew Robbins
© MCMLXXXVII [1987] by Universal City Studios, Inc. and U-Drive Productions, Inc.
Universal [logo]. Steven Spielberg presents a Matthew Robbins film. Amblin Entertainment [logo]
Executive Producers: Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall
Produced by: Ronald L. Schwary
Associate Producer: Gerald R. Molen
Screenplay by: Brad Bird & Matthew Robbins and Brent Maddock & Steven S. Wilson
Story by: Mick Garris
Director of Photography: John McPherson
Edited by: Cynthia Scheider
Music Composed by: James Horner
Sound Mixer: Gene Cantamessa
Costume Designer: Aggie Guerard Rodgers
Key Makeup Artist: Anthony Lloyd
Key Hair Stylist: Susan Germaine
Special Effects Supervisor: Ken Pepiot
Visual Effects Supervisor: Bruce Nicholson
Visual Effects Produced at: Industrial Light & Magic
Production Designer: Ted Haworth
Casting by: Penny Perry

Hume Cronyn (Frank)
Jessica Tandy (Faye)
Frank McRae (Harry)
Elizabeth Peña (Marisa)
Michael Carmine (Carlos)
Dennis Boutsikaris (Mason)
Tom Aldredge (Sid)
Jane Hoffman (Muriel)
John DiSanti (Gus)
John Pankow (Kovacs)
MacIntyre Dixon (DeWitt)
Michael Greene (Lacey)
Doris Belack (Mrs Thompson)
Wendy Schaal (Pamela)
James LeGros (goon #2)
José Santana (goon #1)
Ronald Schwary (Louie)
Susan Shoffner (receptionist)
Shelly Kurtz (policeman at hospital)
Joseph Hamer (policeman at building)



  • American Cinematographer vol.69 no.7 (July 1988) pp.66-72 – article
  • Cinefantastique vol.18 no.4 (May 1988) pp.47, 56 – illustrated review (Spielberg's cheerful flip-side to the Alien look of H.R. Giger by Harry McCracken)
  • Cinefex no.34 (May 1988) pp.44-68 – article
  • Le Film Francais no.2104 (29 August 1986) p.9 – note
  • Film Score Monthly vol.7 no.1 (January 2002) p.17 – illustrated soundtrack review (Honey, I copped the theme: the James Horner buyer's guide part 3 by Paul Bouthillier)
  • Film Score Monthly vol.8 no.8 (September 2003) pp.46-47 – illustrated article (On leathern wings and shiny discs by Dennis Schmidt)
  • Films and Filming no.402 (March 1988) p.27 – review
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.293 no.24 (26 August 1986) p.26 – credits
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.300 no.8 (7 December 1987) p.11 – note
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.300 no.14 (15 December 1987) pp.3, 61
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.55 no.651 (April 1988) pp.104-105 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Screen International no.645 (26 March 1988) p.30 – review
  • Stills no.28 (November 1986) p.51 – note
  • Variety 16 December 1987 p.11- credits, review


  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.34
  • Sci-fi Chronicles by Guy Haley (ed.) p.282
  • Silver Screen Saucers: Sorting Fact from Fantasy in Hollywood's UFO Movies by Robbie Graham pp.75, 114, 126, 138
  • Steven Spielberg: A Biography by Joseph McBride p.506