Strange Invaders

Synopsis: Charlie's ex-wife disappears, and he travels to where she grew up--a rural town in the Midwest--to look for her. But, surprisingly, nobody knows about her or any of her many relatives, the Newmans. He meets aliens; but when he contacts the FBI, they don't believe him. He tells his story to a tabloid; and suddenly, he is chased by the aliens.
Director(s): Michael Laughlin
Production: EMI Productions
  1 win & 6 nominations.
 
IMDB:
5.5
Rotten Tomatoes:
63%
PG
Year:
1983
92 min
10 Views

(INDISTINCT)

(AUDIENCE APPLAUDING)

(LOW RUMBLING)

(CHUCKLES)

(DOG BARKS)

(DOG BARKING)

BOBBY HELMS ON RADIO: (SINGING)

You are my special angel

- Special angel

- Special angel

Sent from up above...

- Above

- Above

(GIGGLES)

(PULSING ELECTRONIC HUM)

(STATIC FROM TELEVISION)

BOY:
Mom, Dad, I'm home.

(PULSING ELECTRONIC HUM)

(BOY SCREAMS)

MAN:
How you doing?

WOMAN:
Fine. Hi, how are you?

(INDISTINCT CHATTER)

- Good morning.

- MAN:
Good morning.

Now, I know many of you are not

that interested in Entomology 23-A.

Neither was I when I first started.

You're probably taking it because

it happens to meet the science requirement

of this great liberal arts university

or because it meets at

a convenient time of the day.

Why they call it 23-A beats me.

I've suggested "Introduction to bugs..."

(LAUGHTER)

"Meeting the little creatures..."

Anything but Entomology 23-A.

But one thing is sure.

By the time you finish this course,

you will know that man

is just one species in this world...

In the universe...

And we're going to meet

some of the others.

Some of them are

quite spectacular in their abilities,

appearance, talents, and longevity.

We're going to meet some creatures who do

things you've never dreamed possible.

(STUDENTS MURMURING)

Really.

Well, we have to start somewhere,

so, lights...

Camera.

I offer you the ephemeroptera.

GIRL:
Hello?

Who is this?

Elizabeth.

Is your mother in? May I speak with her?

She's out right now.

Okay, thank you. I'll call back.

(PIANO PLAYING)

(DOG BARKS)

(MAN SINGING SCALES)

(DOG BARKS)

(WOMAN SINGING SCALES)

(DOG BARKING)

(DOG GROWLING)

Hi, Louis.

You hungry?

(R.E.M. PLAYING 1,000,000)

All right.

Come on.

(DOORBELL RINGS)

WOMAN:
Charlie,

you left the door unlocked again.

Very dangerous.

CHARLES:
I know it. I know it.

He drinks beer with his dinner now.

We going to the movies?

Yeah, we could.

(DOORBELL RINGS)

(SIGHS)

Will you get it?

Thanks.

May I ask who's calling?

His ex-wife and his daughter.

Please come in.

GIRL:
Daddy! Daddy!

CHARLES:
Hi, Elizabeth.

How's my little girl?

- Fine.

- That's great.

What happened?

I have to go to Centerville

for a few days.

I have to leave Elizabeth with you.

Sure. It's all right.

What happened?

My mother died.

I've got to go back.

(PIANO PLAYING)

WOMAN:
Up! Up!

Up! Up!

Sorry about your mother.

I know I never met her, but I'm sorry.

You look real good.

I was in the islands for two weeks.

The Bahamas.

Goodbye, Charles.

Take good care of Elizabeth.

Sure.

Phalangida opilione.

Daddy-longlegs.

Tropisternus lateralis.

That's a dry beetle.

Water beetle.

Oh, oh.

Oops.

Close.

Yeah.

I can't understand why we haven't been

able to reach mother for the last four days.

I keep thinking

we're gonna hear from her.

What do you want for dessert?

Ice cream.

Maybe she's not coming back.

Sure she is, honey.

She'll be back.

CHARLES:
Operator, are you sure

there's no way to get through?

OPERATOR:
I'm sorry, sir.

All the lines for Centerville are down.

You'll have to try later.

CHARLES:
But I've been

trying this number for days now.

OPERATOR:
The West Side

has been off like this for two weeks.

If you'd like to try back later...

Thanks.

ELIZABETH:
Hi, Morgan.

Hello, Elizabeth.

- CHARLES:
Hi, Morgan.

- Hello, sir.

Just make sure

she gets to school on time.

Certainly, sir.

And tell my mother

I'll call her in a couple of days.

Of course, sir.

Bye, honey.

Don't worry.

ELIZABETH:
Bye, Daddy.

- (BARKS)

- Shh! Be quiet.

(BARKS)

CHARLES:
Take it easy.

Sit. Stay.

Howdy. You want a room?

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Bill Condon

William Condon (born October 22, 1955) is an American screenwriter and director. He wrote and directed the films Gods and Monsters (1998), Kinsey (2004), and Dreamgirls (2006), wrote the screenplay for Chicago (2002), and directed the final two installments of the Twilight series (2011, 2012), and Beauty and the Beast (2017). Condon won an Academy Award as screenwriter for Gods and Monsters; he was also nominated for his screenplay for Chicago. His work in television includes directing pilot episodes for several series. more…

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