They Live

They Live (1988)

You see them on the street. You watch them on TV. You might even vote for one this fall. You think they're people just like you. You're wrong. Dead wrong.

  • Genre: Science Fiction, Action
  • Release Date: 1988-11-23
  • User Rating: 7.2/10 from 2588 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 34min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Universal Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: John Carpenter
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Nada, a wanderer without meaning in his life, discovers a pair of sunglasses capable of showing the world the way it truly is. As he walks the streets of Los Angeles, Nada notices that both the media and the government are comprised of subliminal messages meant to keep the population subdued, and that most of the social elite are skull-faced aliens bent on world domination. With this shocking discovery, Nada fights to free humanity from the mind-controlling aliens.

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  • Roddy Piper

    as John Nada
  • Keith David

    as Frank Armitage
  • Meg Foster

    as Holly Thompsen
  • George Buck Flower

    as Drifter
  • Peter Jason

    as Gilbert
  • Raymond St. Jacques

    as Street Preacher
  • Jason Robards III

    as Family Man
  • John Lawrence

    as Bearded Man
  • Susan Barnes

    as Brown Haired Woman
  • Sy Richardson

    as Black Revolutionary
  • Wendy Brainard

    as Family Man's Daughter
  • Lucille Meredith

    as Female Interviewer
  • Susan Blanchard

    as Ingenue
  • Norman Alden

    as Foreman
  • Dana Bratton

    as Black Junkie
  • John F. Goff

    as Well Dressed Customer
  • Norman D. Wilson

    as Vendor
  • Thelma Lee

    as Rich Lady
  • Stratton Leopold

    as Depressed Human
  • Rezza Shan

    as Arab Clerk
  • Norman Howell

    as Blonde Haired Cop
  • Larry J. Franco

    as Neighbor
  • Tom Searle

    as Biker
  • Robert Grasmere

    as Scruffy Blonde Man
  • Vince Inneo

    as Passageway Guard
  • Bob Hudson

    as Passageway Guard #2
  • Jon Paul Jones

    as Manager
  • Dennis Michael

    as Male News Anchor
  • Nancy Gee

    as Female News Anchor
  • Claudia Stanlee

    as Young Female Executive
  • Christine Anne Baur

    as Woman on Phone
  • Eileen Wesson

    as Pregnant Secretary
  • Gregory J. Barnett

    as Security Guard #1
  • Jim Nickerson

    as Security Guard #2
  • Kerry Rossall

    as 2nd Unit Guard
  • Cibby Danyla

    as Naked Lady
  • Jeff Imada

    as Male Ghoul
  • Michelle Costello

    as Female Ghoul
  • Jeb Stuart Adams

    as Homeless kid (uncredited)
  • Jennifer Austin

    as Teenage Girl (uncredited)
  • Michael Forino

    as Ghoul at Bar (uncredited)
  • Robert V. Greene

    as TV Technician (uncredited)
  • Helen Kelly

    as Woman at the Dinner Party (uncredited)
  • Al Leong

    as Asian Revolutionary (uncredited)
  • Gunnar Magg

    as Male Ghoulie (uncredited)
  • Matt McColm

    as Police Officer (uncredited)
  • Tommy Morrison

    as Dave - Resistance Fighter (uncredited)
  • John Carpenter

    as Voice That Says 'Sleep'
Production Larry J. Franco Producer
Directing Larry J. Franco First Assistant Director
Sound Samuel C. Crutcher Sound Editor
Art Marvin March Set Decoration
Crew Roy Arbogast Special Effects Coordinator
Crew Matt McColm Stunts
Crew Gilbert B. Combs Stunts
Writing John Carpenter Screenplay
Directing John Carpenter Director
Sound John Carpenter Original Music Composer
Art Daniel A. Lomino Art Direction
Crew Joel Kramer Stunts
Crew Tony Brubaker Stunts
Sound Alan Howarth Original Music Composer
Crew Walter Scott Stunts
Editing Gib Jaffe Editor
Editing Frank E. Jimenez Editor
Crew Diamond Farnsworth Stunts
Crew Simone Boisseree Stunts
Crew Phil Chong Stunts
Crew Freddie Hice Stunts
Art William J. Durrell Jr. Art Direction
Crew Allan Graf Stunts
Camera Gary B. Kibbe Director of Photography
Crew Henry Kingi Stunts
Directing Sandy King Script Supervisor
Production Sandy King Associate Producer
Crew James Deeth Pilot
Writing Ray Nelson Novel
Production Andre Blay Executive Producer
Production Shep Gordon Executive Producer
Crew Thomas Rosales Jr. Stunts
Directing Artist W. Robinson Second Assistant Director
Crew Al Leong Stunts
Costume & Make-Up Robin Michel Bush Costume Supervisor
Camera Raymond Stella Camera Operator
Crew Rick Avery Stunts
Editing Frederick Wardell Assistant Editor
Crew Brian Imada Stunts
Sound Robert Jackson Boom Operator
Crew Norman Howell Stunts
Crew Branscombe Richmond Stunts
Costume & Make-Up Francisco X. Pérez Makeup Artist
Crew David Blitstein Special Effects Assistant
Crew Jon H. Epstein Stunts
Crew John-Clay Scott Stunts
Crew Gary Davis Stunts
Crew James Lew Stunts
Crew Randy Hall Stunts
Crew Jan Michael Shultz Stunts
Crew Russell Solberg Stunts
Crew Eddie Hice Stunts
Crew Danny Weselis Stunts
Crew Merritt Yohnka Stunts
Crew Gary Epper Stunts
Crew Ronnie Rondell Jr. Stunts
Crew Eric Mansker Stunts
Crew Jeff Imada Stunt Coordinator
Crew Kurt Bryant Stunts
Crew John Meier Stunts
Crew Brad Bovee Stunts
Production Alan Levine Unit Production Manager
Production Barbara Harris ADR Voice Casting
Crew Richard L. Duran Stunts
Crew Billy D. Lucas Stunts
Crew Marcia Holley Stunts
Sound John H. Arrufat Sound Editor
Crew Andy Gill Stunts
Crew Debbie Lynn Ross Stunts
Crew Christine Anne Baur Stunts
Crew Gary Combs Stunts
Editing Margaret Goodspeed Assistant Editor
Sound Gary A. Hecker Foley Artist
Sound Ron Judkins Sound Mixer
Crew Michael M. Vendrell Stunts
Production Stratton Leopold Unit Production Manager
Crew Debbie Evans Stunts
Sound Gregg Barbanell Foley Artist
Art Vic Petrotta Jr. Property Master
Sound Donald L. Warner Jr. Sound Editor
Sound Sergio Reyes Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound Robert J. Litt Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound Elliot Tyson Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Crew Tim A. Davison Stunts
Camera Sidney Ray Baldwin Still Photographer
Sound Becky Sullivan Supervising ADR Editor
Sound Hector C. Gika Sound Editor
Crew Cheryl Wheeler Duncan Stunts
Sound John Leveque Sound Editor
Sound Solange S. Schwalbe ADR Editor
Costume & Make-Up Elle Elliott Hairstylist
Sound Douglas Greenfield Dolby Consultant
Sound Gary D. Rogers ADR Mixer
Crew John Branagan Stunts
Sound Richard E. Yawn Foley Supervisor
Production Ken Lavet Location Manager
Costume & Make-Up Michael Mills Prosthetic Makeup Artist
Crew Chuck Picerni Jr. Stunts
Crew Shane Dixon Stunts
Crew Michael Runyard Stunts
Crew James J. Casino Stunts
Crew Scott Wilder Stunts
Sound Jeffrey L. Sandler Supervising Sound Editor
Camera Bruce Birmelin Still Photographer
Crew Matt Johnston Stunts
Crew Michael Arbogast Special Effects Assistant
Editing Phil Downey Color Timer
Sound Shawn Sykora Foley Editor
Crew Ben Scott Stunts
Camera Ron Cardarelli Key Grip
Crew Eurlyne Epper Stunts
Crew Bennie Moore Stunts
Crew Donna L. Noguschi Stunts
Crew George Fisher Stunts
Crew David Cadiente Stunts
Sound Tim Webb Sound Recordist
Editing Gary Burritt Negative Cutter
Crew David Burton Stunts
Sound Timothy A. Hoggatt Foley Mixer
Crew Kenny Searle Transportation Coordinator
Crew Billie Don Evans Pilot
Production Marian Shambo Production Coordinator
Crew John Borland Stunts
Crew Mike Johnson Stunts
Lighting Richard Smock Electrician
Crew Ceci Vendrell Stunts
Camera Dave Wachtman Dolly Grip
Crew Joe Gilbride Stunts
Sound Larry Carow Sound Editor
Camera Jud Kehl Camera Operator
Lighting Ken Spencer Gaffer
Art Jack Eberhart Leadman
Sound Thomas J. O'Connell ADR Recordist
Sound Bob O'Brien Foley Editor
Crew Frank Leasure Propmaker
Lighting Kevin Arnold Electrician
Crew Steve Hart Stunts
Production Joy Ewing Production Accountant
Crew Tim Roslan Transportation Captain
Art Michael Wright Construction Foreman
Sound Michael Hoskinson Foley Editor
Sound Roberta Alstadter Foley Recordist
Lighting Sanford Barr Electrician
Lighting Robert DePerna Electrician
Crew Bob K. Cummings Stunts
Crew Dianne L. Wilson Stunts
Crew Danny Rogers Stunts