They Live

Release Date: 1988

DVD Release Date: March 25th, 1998

R |1 hr 33 min

Plot Summary

Nada (Roddy Piper), a wanderer without meaning in his life, discovers a pair of sunglasses capable of showing the world the way it truly is. As he walks the streets of Los Angeles, Nada notices that both the media and the government are comprised of subliminal messages meant to keep the population subdued, and that most of the social elite are skull-faced aliens bent on world domination. With this shocking discovery, Nada fights to free humanity from the mind-controlling aliens.

Cast: Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg Foster, George "Buck" Flower, Peter Jason, Raymond St. Jacques, Jason Robards III, Larry J. Franco

Director: John Carpenter

Genres: Science fiction , Horror

Production Co: Alive Films, Larry Franco Productions

Keywords: 1980s, Dark, Police officer, Amusing, Underdog, Los Angeles

Ratings & Reviews

  • 38
    Mike ClarkUSA Today

    Live dies around the time Carpenter allows 10 minutes of gratuitous Piper-David eye-gouging, an apparent bone to wrestling fans. Forget the amusing premise; a full crate of magic glasses couldn't make this a bearable movie. [7 Nov 1988]

  • 75
    Dave KehrChicago Tribune

    The looniest movie of the season and also one of the most engaging. [7 Nov 1988]

  • 0
    Peter StackSan Francisco Chronicle

    Typical of some of the absurd moments in this film is a long drawn-out fist fight between the hero and Frank, who almost kill each other because Frank is too proud to try on the magic dark glasses. It is completely stupid. [5 Nov 1988]

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