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They Live

Venice Classics

Director:
John Carpenter
Production:
Alive Films, Larry Franco Productions
Running Time:
94’
Language:
English
Country:
USA
Year:
1988
Main Cast:
Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg Foster, George Buck Flower, Peter Jason, Raymond St. Jacques
Screenplay:
John Carpenter
Cinematographer:
Gary B. Kibbe
Editor:
Gib Jaffe, Frank E. Jimenez
Production Designer:
William J. Durrell Jr., Daniel A. Lomino
Costume Designer:
Robert Bush, Robin Bush, John Young
Music:
John Carpenter, Alan Howarth
Special Effects:
Roy Arbogast
Restoration:
Studiocanal

Synopsis

An unemployed worker discovers a secret group that makes sunglasses. He is intrigued and tries on a pair only to discover a terrifying world: in fact many humans are extraterrestrials with hideous scarred faces, billboards order obedience in a Big Brother like manner. With another worker they confront the invaders. But what is Holly, the cute program director of channel 54 doing?

Director’s Statement

They Live stems from a surge of popular indignation. It was a moment of great change for the country. Social Darwinism had again poked its head above the parapet of the political and economic spectrum. Egoism was running riot. There was no longer any sympathy for the poor. On the contrary, if you were poor you were demonized. You became a pariah, a sort of alien creature. And it was the start of what we see today.

Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan and Roberto Turigliatto, eds., John Carpenter, Turin: Torino Film Festival, Lindau, 1999.

Producers/Distributors

PRODUCTION 1: Studiocanal
1 Place du Spectacle
92863, Issy-les-Moulineaux - France
Tel. +33 (0)1 71355093
albane.zelmar@studiocanal.com
http://www.studiocanal.com/fr

PRODUCTION WHEN THE FILM WAS MADE: Alive Films

COPRODUCTIONS WHEN THE FILM WAS MADE: Larry Franco Productions

WORLD SALES: Albane Zelmar - Studiocanal
1 Place du Spectacle
92863, Issy-les-Moulineaux - France
Tel. +33 (0)1 71355093
albane.zelmar@studiocanal.com

PRESS OFFICE: Clément Geray - Studiocanal
1 Place du Spectacle
92863, Issy-les-Moulineaux - France
Tel.+33 (0)171350374 clement.geray@studiocanal.com


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