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"I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass . . . and I'm all out of bubble gum."
Put the glasses ON . . .
Put the glasses ON . . .
Plot Summary for They Live (1988)

Nada, a down-on-his-luck construction worker, discovers a pair of special sunglasses. Wearing them, he is able to see the world as it really is: people being bombarded by media and government with messages like "Stay Asleep", "No Imagination", "Submit to Authority". Even scarier is that he is able to see that some usually normal-looking people are in fact ugly aliens in charge of the massive campaign to keep humans subdued.

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An economic crisis brings unemployed Nada (Roddy Piper) to L.A. in search of work. What he finds instead is that the ruling elite of the world are aliens in disguise, their aim being to keep humans in a state of mindless consumerism. His discovery comes when he dons a pair of special sunglasses made by a resistance group and sees for the first time reality unadorned. Billboards, store signs, magazine covers--all bear subliminal messages to OBEY, to CONSUME, to have NO INDEPENDENT THOUGHT. Money itself says THIS IS YOUR GOD. But worst of all, with these glasses you see which of us are really hideous, bug-eyed aliens. The conceptual breakthrough is hilarious while keeping its roots in darker matters. Although some fault the film for settling into its action plot, the ending has a great payoff. And the direction by John Carpenter is handled with superb workmanlike aplomb. One unforgettable set piece has Piper in a back-alley fistfight with a friend who won't put on the glasses that goes on and on, and just when you think it's over it goes another round. One of the most subversive films ever made in Hollywood, They Live was released on the eve of the 1988 elections. The first TV ads had two hideous alien politicians debating, then one accusing the other of being "No John Kennedy!"




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cool movie 25.Oct.2004 19:41


that was a cool movie, even if it was a little slow.

ignoring the idiotic fight scene that wouldn't end I would still have to recommend this film.

not to spoil it, but sometimes things are worth dying for..

i've seen this before, 26.Oct.2004 00:28


why does this 'article' appear on pdx-imc multiple times?
it was not even that interesting the first time.

'so' 26.Oct.2004 00:56


we please see some of the "articles" you've posted/written yourself - or even just liked/thought worthwhile - lately?

An interesting movie by John Carpenter 26.Oct.2004 08:05

what was the director's point

The reason for the excrutiatingly long fight scene was not simply for purient interest. The point was the level of sustained effort needed to deprogram a brainwashed slave. In otherwords, waking someone up or getting them to put on the sunglasses is a very difficult task to undertake. Years of mind control and brainwashing are not so easy to undo. If only we could just use a device as straighforward as a pair of sunglasses.