*Batteries Not Included

Cinematic Nostalgia

*Batteries Not Included (1987)

Dir. by Matthew Robbins

Starring Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, Frank McRae and Elizabeth Pena


A crumbling New York City apartment building with only five residents is the lone holdout preventing the construction of a new commercial center. Desperate to tear the building down, a corrupt executive hires a local gang member to terrorize the residents into leaving. Meanwhile, a family of small alien robot creatures has decided to make the building their new home.


I don’t recall whether we had this on VHS, or if it’s something that we rented frequently – or even if it was just something that I watched on the Disney Channel.  But I watched it often enough as a kid that I had pretty strong memories of particular scenes.  I’m virtually positive that I haven’t seen it since the 1990s, though.


This movie is way more depressing than…

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