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They Live
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They Live 1988

From Amazon: An economic crisis brings unemployed Nada (Roddy Piper) to L.A. in search of work. What he finds instead is that the ruling elite of the world are aliens in disguise, their aim being to keep humans in a state of mindless consumerism. His discovery comes when he dons a pair of special sunglasses made by a resistance group and sees for the first time reality unadorned. Billboards, store signs, magazine covers--all bear subliminal messages to OBEY, to CONSUME, to have NO INDEPENDENT THOUGHT. Money itself says THIS IS YOUR GOD. But worst of all, with these glasses you see which of us are really hideous, bug-eyed aliens. The conceptual...

Release Date:November 4th, 1988
MPAA Rating:R
Running Time:97 minutes
Box Office Gross: $13,008,928 (US)
$0 (World)
Directed By:
John CarpenterJohn Carpenter
Written By:
John CarpenterJohn Carpenter
No image existsRay Nelson
Keith DavidKeith David
No image existsMeg Foster
George Buck FlowerGeorge Buck Flower
Peter JasonPeter Jason
No image existsRaymond St. Jacques
No image existsJohn Lawrence
No image existsSy Richardson
Roddy PiperRoddy Piper
No image existsSusan Blanchard
No image existsNorman Alden
Al LeongAl Leong
No image existsJason Robards III
No image existsJason Robards III
No image existsLarry Franco
No image existsWendy Brainard
No image existsDana Bratton
No image existsLucille Meredith

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They Live Movie Review by BillyBob (4/23/2012)

Director JOHN CARPENTER once claimed that initially THEY LIVE wasn't a success 'cause a vast number of people just didn't want to be "enlightened".


Like - If enlightening us pathetic ignoramuses was really CARPENTER's mission in life (and not to make piles of money) - And if this film's dire message failed...

(complete They Live review by BillyBob)

They Live Movie Review by Mike Thomas (5/1/2010)

THEY LIVE, a metaphor for the economic depression of the 80's starts depressingly slow. Set in assumedly the turn of the century (one of the workers comments, "Hey, New Millennium craziness," our hero, George Nada (Spanish for nothing - get it?), a drifter, wanders into what looks like Los Angeles, although it looks like...

(complete They Live review by Mike Thomas)

They Live Movie Review by Jarrod (2/11/2009)

'They Live' was once referenced on the National Alliance website as an apt metaphor for Jewish power in the United States, apparently whites have no idea that the Jews secretly control the media and government, and are engaged in a clandestine war against those of European descent. The Nazis inevitably would have used it...

(complete They Live review by Jarrod)

They Live Movie Review by Ben (12/25/2007)

"'They Live' was a movie made in direct response to my horror at the Reagan years. Nobody had made a movie about that or like that. Nobody. And everything had been going in the other direction, and I just couldn't take it anymore."

-John Carpenter at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, January 25, 2002.

I was in the...

(complete They Live review by Ben)

They Live Movie Review by Movie Addict (12/3/2007)

The answer has finally become clear to me. There is some alien force behind the Faux News Channel that is poisoning the minds of those that watch. Normal people just see ridiculous news and soft core porn, but to the adherents, they see some secret messages.

This was the basic premise of this interesting John Carpenter...

(complete They Live review by Movie Addict)

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