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  • Actors: Roddy Piper, Keith David
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Sept. 2008
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019GJ4DS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,347 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Nada (Roddy Piper) arrives in Los Angeles, finds work on a construction site and a bed in a homeless camp. He notices the extent to which the people around him seem obsessed with television and obtaining material wealth, and one night, when he stumbles across a cache of special sunglasses, he finds out why. The American middle-classes have been taken over by capitalist aliens who use television and advertising to keep humans docile and ignorant about what is really going on. The sunglasses reveal the aliens as they really are and, with the aid of the glasses and a submachine gun, Nada begins to fight back.

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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105 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Sandman on 9 Oct. 2007
Format: DVD
I think most of you are missing the point of the film here, its a social commentary, the aliens were an allegory for corporate greed and capitialism at the expense of personal freedoms and human rights. It was made in the 80's, Reagan era, when these things were being pushed aside in favour of power and a money making screw everyone else culture.

Personally, I think it is brilliantly done, Piper is a pretty good actor (for a ex wrestler) and the tongue in cheek script and direction makes sure its doesnt get too caught up in its own message. Although, having said that, the message is pretty loud and clear by the time the two heroes get into the alien base and find out humans are collaborating with them, just for a guaranteed increase in their investments.

Keith David is great also, the pointlessly long and over the top fight scene between the two is one of the best thing about the film, just a bit of fun interjected into a serious film. The scene now has cult status, and was immortalized by Southpark, in the episode `cripple fight' where Jimmy tries to get Timmy to put on a silly hat. Brilliant stuff.

The film could have done with a bigger budget, but I still rate it as a classic, with a message that is perhaps even more relevant today; what with the political propaganda machine even more powerful and insidious than ever, and people even more stupid, it seems.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Jun. 2013
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They Live is directed by John Carpenter who also adapts the screenplay form the short story Eight O'Clock in the Morning written by Ray Nelson. It stars Roddy Piper, Keith David and Meg Foster. Music is by Alan Howarth (and Carpenter) and cinematography by Gary B. Kibbe.

Unemployed drifter Nada (Piper) wanders into the city looking to find work, but upon finding a unique pair of sunglasses he sees a different world to everyone else. It's a world frequented by an alien race who are using the Earth for their own nefarious means.

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Carpenter does subversive sci-fi and it's a whole bunch of fun. Stripped back it's evident that They Live is Carpenter's wry observation on the politico posers who endorse the rich getting richer and everybody else sliding down the pole; to where they stop nobody knows! It's also a blatant paean to the glorious years of the 1950s when paranoia based sci-fi schlockers and creaky creature features ruled the air waves. It's also a wonderfully macho driven action movie, laced with comedy as well. You can rest assured there will be plenty of shooting, punching, dodging and spoken lines to make you smile.

Piper is no Kurt Russell, but we shouldn't hold that against him because he fills the role nicely. With muscular frame, 80s hair and a quip on the tongue, he is most assuredly a Carpenter leading man for the 80s. Alongside him is the reassuring presence of Keith David, himself a beefcake and also one of the coolest muthas on the planet. It's easy to believe that these two can save the planet, even after nearly beating each other to a pulp during a prolonged side-alley fight sequence, where Carpenter doesn't miss a chance to parody professional wrestling.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William Mason HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 28 May 2015
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This is a well made and clever, late eighties sci-fi pic, directed by John Carpenter.
Roddy Piper plays Nada (the Spanish word for "nothing"), a thirty-something unemployed nomad, who lives out of a rucksack. He comes to Los Angeles looking for work, and ends up labouring on a building site, with a temporary bed in a homeless settlement. He soon starts noticing everybody's extreme obsession with TV (the modern equivalent would be the obsession with smartphones and tablets), and an all-pervading hunger for material goods and wealth - most would simply call it market capitalism.
Late one night, Nada discovers a hidden cache of very special sunglasses, and when he starts wearing a pair, they reveal the secret of why the folk of Los Angeles are so enamoured of the gogglebox and the hunt for ever more material possessions...
The American middle-classes are having their behaviour influenced and controlled by subliminal messages, issued by unseen other-worldly forces, but whenever Nada dons his special specs, the horrific truth about this uber-capitalist society becomes all too apparent. It's then left to Nada, with a little help from a very skilfully wielded shotgun and sub-machine gun, to try to save the day...
This movie is clearly an allegory for the bad side of the American Dream, about people having a tunnel vision focus on the acquisition of wealth and possessions, but having a relatively empty existence in terms of spirituality and togetherness. The tale of Nada, i.e. an outnumbered but heroic and resilient man, taking arms against a sea (or don't see) of troubles, vaguely mirrors Kurt Russell's rebellious and reluctant saviour in Escape From New York.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. Jessop on 11 Dec. 2013
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One of those films that you've just got to have.
I suspect that this is so near to the truth than most would care to even imagine.
It includes the longest ever fight scene in it, and the reason why it was included is a statement of how asleep everyone is.
Even when he was trying his hardest to get his friend to take a look at what he could see through those glasses, he wouldn't put them on and the fight ensued. It is a perfect example of just how asleep everyone is today, and you will fight to keep it that way rather than just put on those glasses and take a look at what is right under your noses.
As more and more of you start waking up, you should buy this film.
David Icke does a whole hour on the 'moon' these days in his live shows, i think he may have been watching this movie.
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