They Live

(1988)

Overview

Nada, 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.

  1. John Carpenter

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Ray Nelson

    Novel

Top Billed Cast

  1. Roddy Piper

    Roddy Piper

    Nada

  2. Keith David

    Keith David

    Frank

  3. Meg Foster

    Meg Foster

    Holly

  4. George Buck Flower

    George Buck Flower

    Drifter

  5. Peter Jason

    Peter Jason

    Gilbert

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They Live
They Live

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Status Released

Release Information

  • November 23, 1988
    R
    Theatrical

    Meaning

    Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian 21 or older. The parent/guardian is required to stay with the child under 17 through the entire movie, even if the parent gives the child/teenager permission to see the film alone. These films may contain strong profanity, graphic sexuality, nudity, strong violence, horror, gore, and strong drug use. A movie rated R for profanity often has more severe or frequent language than the PG-13 rating would permit. An R-rated movie may have more blood, gore, drug use, nudity, or graphic sexuality than a PG-13 movie would admit.

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 34m

Budget $4,000,000.00

Revenue $13,008,928.00

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