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Director:Matthew Robbins
Writer:Brad Bird
Brent Maddock
Matthew Robbins
S.S. Wilson
Composer:James Horner
Length:106 minutes
(1 hour 46 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Comedy
IMDB Rating:6.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:62%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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  • Sci-Fi
  • Fantasy
  • Puppets
  • Action
  • Family
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Synopsis: A deteriorating tenement with five tenants is targeted for demolition by an unscrupulous developer. Help, however, comes in a very surprising form.


Reaction: Unique and endearing.


Personal Rating: 7/10

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Matthew Robbins => Director / Writer
Brad Bird => Writer
Brent Maddock => Writer
S.S. Wilson => Writer
James Horner => Composer
Dennis Boutsikaris => Mason Baylor
Doris Belack => Mrs. Thompson
Elizabeth Peña => Marisa Esteval
Frank McRae => Harry Noble
Hume Cronyn => Frank Riley
James LeGros => Goon #2
Jane Hoffman => Muriel Hogenson
Jessica Tandy => Faye Riley
John DiSanti => Gus
John Pankow => Kovacs
José Angel Santana => Goon #1 (as José Santana)
Luis Guzmán => Bystander (uncredited)
MacIntyre Dixon => DeWitt
Michael Carmine => Carlos
Michael Greene => Lacey
Tom Aldredge => Sid Hogenson
Wendy Schaal => Pamela

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The opening montage shows pictures of [?] Frank Riley in a Navy uniform circa World War 2. Later in the movie when his wife pulls out his pocket watch it has a leather fob attached with a gold anchor with a silver "USN" on it, signifying Frank achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer during his time in the service.
  • Originally intended to be a story featured in the TV series [Amazing Stories]. Steven Spielberg liked the idea so much he decided to make it a theatrical release.
  • The building that housed Hume Cronyn's lunch counter was a unique old building that was the only one on the block. Twenty-five years earlier it was used for the [?] Judy Holliday musical Bells Are Ringing with the block in the same condition.