They Live

From The Grindhouse Cinema Database

Main Details

  • Released on November 4, 1988
  • Color
  • Running time: 94 minutes
  • Production Co.: Larry Franco Productions| Alive Films (presents)
  • Distribution Co.: Universal Pictures
  • Directed by John Carpenter
  • Written by John Carpenter (as Frank Armitage), from Ray Nelson's short story "Eight O'Clock in the Morning."
  • Starring: Roddy Piper, Keith David and Meg Foster

Plot Summary

  • A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth.


  • "I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass...and I'm all out of bubblegum."
  • Obey or else - alien invasion of the subliminal kind...
  • Who are they? And what do they want?
  • You see them on the street. You watch them on TV. You might even vote for one this fall. You think they're people just like you. You're wrong. Dead wrong.

Also Known As

  • Invasion Los Angeles (France; Canada)
  • ¡Sobreviven! (Argentina, Mexico, Peru)
  • Oni žive (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia)
  • Eles Vivem (Brazil)
  • Те живеят (Bulgaria)
  • Oni žijú! (Czech Republic)
  • Pahan kehä (Finland)
  • John Carpenter's Sie leben (Germany)
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