*batteries not included


1h 46m 1987

Brief Synopsis

Frank and Faye Riley are an elderly New York City couple living in a depressed part of town. They run a diner as well as an apartment building, which is home to a poor but friendly group of people. One day, Frank and Faye learn a property developer wants them to sell the apartment. When they refuse, their diner is vandalized. However, Frank, Faye and their tenants are aided by mysterious flying saucers, which help them repair the diner and fight back.

Film Details

Also Known As
Batteries Not Included, Miracle sur la 8ème rue, Miraklet på 8:e gatan
MPAA Rating
PG
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Fantasy
Release Date
1987
Production Company
Mark R Jennings
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures
Location
Stage 12, Universal Studios, Universal City, California, USA; Radio City Music Hall, New York City, New York, USA; Times Square, New York City, New York, USA; St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City, New York, USA; Lower East Side, New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 46m

Synopsis

Frank and Faye Riley are an elderly New York City couple living in a depressed part of town. They run a diner as well as an apartment building, which is home to a poor but friendly group of people. One day, Frank and Faye learn a property developer wants them to sell the apartment. When they refuse, their diner is vandalized. However, Frank, Faye and their tenants are aided by mysterious flying saucers, which help them repair the diner and fight back.

Crew

Berenice Abbott

Photography

David Allen

Other

Sally Andrews

Dga Trainee

Denise Armirante

Stunts

Stewart Barbee

Camera Operator

Ken Bates

Stunts

Ron Batzdorff

Photography

John Bell

Storyboard Artist

Dennis Benatar

Production Assistant

Nick Bernstein

Production Assistant

Brad Bird

Screenplay

Timothy Bjorklund

Animator

Else Blangsted

Music Editor

Patricia Blau

Digital Effects Supervisor

Mitchell Block

Assistant Camera Operator

Marty Brenneis

Visual Effects

Conrad F Brink

Special Effects

Jerry Brutsche

Stunts

Harold Burns

Stunts

Paul Campanella

Other

Marianne Campbell

Other

Liz Canney

Assistant Editor

Gene S Cantamessa

Sound Mixer

Steve Cantamessa

Boom Operator

Susan Carol

Hair

Michael Casper

Sound

Wade Childress

Photography

Terry Chostner

Camera Operator

Donald Clark

Camera Operator

Elizabeth Clark

Assistant

Bruce Cohen

Assistant Director

Robert A Cooper

Puppeteer

Kim Costalupes

Assistant Editor

Tom Costich

Costume Supervisor

Judith Craig Marlin

Assistant

Michael Crane

Consultant

Patrick Crane

Apprentice

Mike Cunningham

Swing Gang

Peter Daulton

Camera Operator

Tanya Sharp David

Adr Mixer

Joe Davis

Other

Doreen Dixon

Adr Editor

Dick Dova

Other

Bob Drumheller

Set Decorator

Don Duffield

Key Grip

Jann Dutmer

Assistant Director

Selwyn Eddy

Camera Operator

Chrissie England

Production Supervisor

Nick Esposito

Visual Effects

Andreas Feininger

Photography

Arthur Felig

Photography

Ellen Ferguson

Rotoscope Animator

Jim Flamberg

Music Editor

Joe Fulmer

Head Stage Technician

Kathleen Gallagher

Production Assistant

Robert Garcia Jr.

Production Assistant

Mick Garris

From Story

Mick Garris

Story By

Susan Germaine

Hair

Ray Gilberti

Camera Assistant

Michael Gleason

Editor

Louis Goldman

Photography

Mark S Gordon

Sound Editor

Ralph Gordon

Other

Valentine Goroshko

Assistant

Lew Gould

Assistant Director

Angelo Graham

Art Director

Jerry Grandey

Assistant Director

Bill Gray

Transportation Coordinator

Gary Gray

Driver

Caroleen Green

Matte Painter

Bob Griffith

Best Boy

Joanne Hafner

Rotoscope Animator

James Hagedorn

Camera Operator

Bob Hagens

Color Timer

Dick Hancock

Stunts

David Hanks

Camera Assistant

Edward S. Haworth

Production Designer

John Hayes

Animator

Iris Hedrick

Accounting Assistant

Cynthia Henrich-woodbyrne

Production Assistant

Connie Holt

Lighting Technician

Ted P Holt

Lighting Technician

James Horner

Music

Craig Hosoda

Camera Assistant

George Hugel

Carpenter

Peg Hunter

Other

Paul Huston

Other

Gregory Jein

Miniatures

Mark R Jennings

Cable Operator

Katie Jewitt-spillman

Production Assistant

Joe Johnston

Unit Director

Ed Kalinowski

Electrician

Harriette Kanew

Production Coordinator

Peter J Kelly

Set Designer

Steve Kelso

Stunts

Kathleen Kennedy

Executive Producer

Gary E Kincaid

Driver

Richard Kratina

Director Of Photography

Richard Kratina

Dp/Cinematographer

Ted Kurdyla

Unit Manager

Norman Langley

Camera Operator

Victor Laredo

Photography

Ed Larkin

Grip

Dan Lester

Special Effects

David Lindeman

Assistant Director

Joe Litto

Production Assistant

Anthony Lloyd

Makeup

David Lowery

Storyboard Artist

John A Machione

Assistant

Brent Maddock

Screenplay

Gus Magalios

Grip

William Manger

Sound Editor

Frank Marshall

Executive Producer

Tommy Marshall

Transportation Captain

Billy May

Original Music

Tom Mccarthy

Sound

Tom Mccarthy

Sound Editor

Tom Mcdermott

Props

Mickie Mcgowan

Casting

John Mcpherson

Dp/Cinematographer

John Mcpherson

Director Of Photography

Ralph Mcquarrie

Visual Effects

Greig Mcritchie

Original Music

David Clayton Miller

Production Assistant

Gerald R Molen

Associate Producer

Gerald R Molen

Unit Production Manager

Jack Mongovan

Rotoscope Animator

Leanne Moore

Production Accountant

Sue Moore

Costumes

Rodney Morgan

Visual Effects

Julie Moskowitz

Assistant

Charlie Mullen

Animator

Gary Muller

Assistant Camera Operator

Hank Muller

Assistant Camera Operator

James J Murakami

Assistant Art Director

Shawn Murphy

Music

George R. Nelson

Set Decorator

Reggie Newkirk

Assistant Camera Operator

Bruce Nicholson

Visual Effects Supervisor

Peter Norman

Camera Operator

Jeff Olson

Visual Effects

Michael Orefice

Rigging Gaffer

Ken Ornstein

Assistant Director

Kenneth Pepiot

Special Effects Supervisor

Penny Perry

Casting

Brian Pulido

Production Assistant

Dick Quinlan

Lighting Technician

Ed Quinn

Key Grip

Bonne Radford

Production Associate

Mary T Radford

Assistant

Michael Redbourn

Sound Editor

Arthur Repola

Post-Production Supervisor

Laurie Riley

Costumes

Louis Rivera

Assistant Editor

Matthew Robbins

Screenplay

Aggie Guerard Rodgers

Costume Designer

Thomas Rosales Jr.

Stunts

Thomas Rosales Jr.

Stunt Coordinator

Martin Rosenberg

Camera Assistant

Lata Ryan

Production Coordinator

Paul Rylander

Props

Bob Scaife

Construction Coordinator

Ken Scaife

Other

Cynthia Scheider

Editor

Marshall Schlom

Script Supervisor

Ronald L Schwary

Producer

Alex Scutti

Other

Ellen Seal

Music Editor

Mark Setrakian

Visual Effects

Rick Sharp

Makeup

Terry Shugrue

Props

Tom Sierchio

Stunts

Steven Spielberg

Executive Producer

Tom St Amand

Animator

Leo Stashin

Photography

Nick Stern

Animator

Alex Stevens

Stunts

Brian Steward

Production Associate

Peter Stolz

Other

Heidi Strom

Script Supervisor

Ed Swanson

Carpenter

Patrick Sweeney

Camera Operator

Wes Takahashi

Animator

Michael Tapp

Dolly Grip

Mark Thorpe

Visual Effects

Diana E Tinkley

Assistant

Sean Turner

Animator

Ian Underwood

Sound

Bill Varney

Sound

Bruce Vecchitto

Other

John Villarino

Other

Don S Walden

Sound Editor

Carole A Wattles

Accounting Assistant

Burt Weinstein

Sound

Stephen Wertimer

Assistant Director

Steve Westlund

Property Master

Jeff Wilkins

Visual Effects

Gerard Williams

Stunts

Mae Williams

Casting Associate

Film Details

Also Known As
Batteries Not Included, Miracle sur la 8ème rue, Miraklet på 8:e gatan
MPAA Rating
PG
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Fantasy
Release Date
1987
Production Company
Mark R Jennings
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures
Location
Stage 12, Universal Studios, Universal City, California, USA; Radio City Music Hall, New York City, New York, USA; Times Square, New York City, New York, USA; St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City, New York, USA; Lower East Side, New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 46m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Winter December 18, 1987

Released in United States on Video September 15, 1988

Re-released in United States on Video April 23, 1996

Formerly distributed by MCA Home Video.

Completed shooting November 1986.

Began shooting August 20, 1986.

Released in United States Winter December 18, 1987

Released in United States on Video September 15, 1988

Re-released in United States on Video April 23, 1996