Film (1987). Amblin/Universal. Executive Producer Steven Spielberg. Director Matthew Robbins. Written by Brad Bird, Robbins, Brent Maddock, S S Wilson, based on a story by Mick Garris. Cast includes Michael Carmine, Hume Cronyn, Frank McCrae, Elizabeth Pena and Jessica Tandy. 106 minutes. Colour.
Originally intended as an episode of the television series Amazing Stories, this film betrays its small-screen origins in its slightness of plot. A run-down rooming house with diner, which occupies land desired by a property speculator, is visited by tiny saucer-shaped Aliens, who help out the residents and two elderly owners, eventually (with their new offspring and other saucers) rebuilding the blown-up premises. Escapist fantasy at best, this has no relationship other than the dubious aliens to genuine sf. The novelization is *batteries not included (1987) by Wayland Drew. [PN]
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