Morons From Outer Space

1985

Mike Hodges
Director
Thorn EMI Screen Entertainment
Studio

Misfire spoof of things like Close Encounters, The Man Who Fell to Earth and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, as a pack of dumb aliens (indistinguishable from your average lager lout) crash land on good old planet Earth.

I'm hard pressed to think of a film that has so much going for it and yet fails so miserably.

-The Sloth

A major waste of a film, poorly scripted and not very funny. The imbecilic American stereotype (a staple of Thatcher-era English comedy), particularly Sikking's one-note character, is grating. The morons themselves are pretty grating as well, though Smith amusingly underplays his part. The whole thing is a mass of wasted potential, coming across more as a mediocre episode of Comic Strip Presents, rather than an actual film. There are some amusing bits, though, especially in the latter half. Whoever in the production thought listening to Iron Maiden qualifies as 'torture' deserves an afterlife of endless Celine Dion, though.

Unpopular opinion time: I will say, though, that this is a lot more watchable than a similar, near-contemporaneous sci-fi film, Buckaroo Banzai, primarily because it's not nearly as self-involved and intentionally pretentious as that "cult" film.

-Dave W.



29th March 1985
Cinema



90 mins
1.85:1


20th September 1985
Cinema



90 mins
1.85:1

Morons From Outer Space
20th November 2001
DVD



90 mins
1.85:1


24th January 2005
DVD



86 mins


Morons From Outer Space/Alien From LA
7th June 2005
DVD



90 mins
1.85:1



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Mel Smith
Bernard
Griff Rhys Jones
Graham Sweetley
James Sikking
Colonel Raymond Laribee
(as James B. Sikking)
Dinsdale Landen
Commander Grenville Matteson
Jimmy Nail
Desmond Brock
Joanne Pearce
Sandra Brock
Paul Bown
Julian Tope
Tristram Jellinek
Professor Simpson
George Innes
Stanley Benson
John Joyce
Chief Inspector Miller
Mark Jones
Godfrey
Leonard Fenton
Commissionaire
André Maranne
Trousseaux
Joanna Dickens
Lady Farmer
R.J. Bell
Klutz
Peter Whitman
Friborg
Olivier Pierre
Jabowlski
Edward Wiley
Laribee's Aide
Robert Austin
Newscaster
John Barcroft
McKenzie
Bill Stewart
Walters
David Joss Buckley
TV Presenter
(as Joss Buckley)
Roger Hammond
Soundman
Des Webb
Eskimo Chief
Derek Deadman
Jeffrey, Man in Car
Angela Crow
Woman in Car
Jimmy Mulville
Motorway Policeman
Leslie Grantham
Motorway Policeman's Assistant
(as Lesley Grantham)
Barbara Hicks
Stenographer
Tim Barker
Mathematician
Graham Fellows
Cipher
Bob Sessions
TV Presenter (USA)
Shane Rimmer
Melvin, the Redneck
Diana Ricardo
Redneck's Wife
Miriam Margolyes
Lady Scientist
Ian East
First Scientist
Michael J. Jackson
Second Scientist
James Taylor
Minister
Christopher Northey
Whitehall Flunkey
Jo Ross
Lady in Dining Room
Susan Denaker
Nurse 1
Lesa Lockford
Nurse 2
Edward Arthur
Chat Show Host
Shelley Thompson
Nurse Perce
John Clamp
Bobby
Richenda Carey
Countess Gretel
David Haig
Flunkey
Robert Henderson
Man Giving Bernard a Lift
(mistakenly credited as Diner Customer)
Karen Lancaster
Stanley's Assistant
Ronnie Stevens
Hotel Manager
Pamela Mandell
Mary
David James
Policeman
Thick Wilson
Cop
David Whitaker
Deputy
John O'Toole
Security Guard
Peter Straker
Choir Lead Singer
Robin Driscoll
Space Pilot
Mickey Clarke
UKBC Technician
Harry Van Engel
UKBC Technician
Billy J. Mitchell
Alaska Space Monitoring Unit Commander
Ron Gregory
Minister's Dinner Guest
Mike Reynell
Policeman Collecting Matteson
Barrie Holland
Minister's Dinner Guest
Sean Barry-Weske
Doomsday Man
Fred Wood
Naked Protester
Aidan Harrington
RAF Officer
Alan Gibbs
Army Officer
Reg Thomason
Technician
Alan Harris
Scientist
Mickey Varey
Asylum Inmate
Tony O'Leary
Asylum Inmate
Eric Kent
Angry Protester
Mike Randall
Photographer
John William Ault
Asylum Inmate
Guy Standeven
Dignitary
Bill Felton
Dignitary
Roy Lansford
Dignitary
Jim Delaney
Hotel Guest
Ken Coombs
'Alien'
Harold Coyne
Mary Fielder
Frank Jakeman
Soldier
Derek Lyons
Soldier
Harriet Thorpe
Blood Royal Lady
Ray Purkis
Stunt Rigger
Chris Webb
Stunts
Paul Weston
Stunts
Roy Alon
Stunts

Dave Wright: Revised Screencaps & Notes