The miracle on 8th street

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German title The miracle on 8th street
Original title * batteries not included
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1987
length 102 minutes
Age rating FSK 6
Director Matthew Robbins
script Matthew Robbins
Brad Bird
Brent Maddock
S. S. Wilson
Mick Garris (Story)
production Ronald L. Schwary
music James Horner
camera John McPherson
cut Cynthia Scheider

The miracle in the 8th street (original title: * batteries not included ) is a science fiction film from 1987 by director Matthew Robbins . It was released in German cinemas on June 30, 1988.


The residents of an old house in New York are said to be persuaded to move out with money, but they refuse. The real estate shark Lacey wants to demolish the last remaining house in the district in order to rebuild the entire area. To force the residents to move out, Lacey's agent sends Kovac's thugs, which are led by Carlos. Only the old couple Riley, who run a café on the ground floor, live in the house, the former boxer Harry Noble, the pregnant Marisa Esteval and the artist Mason Baylor.

Carlos ravages the facility at Riley's facility with a baseball bat, but overnight two small flying saucers can restore everything to its original shape. The pair of saucers move into a shed on the roof, where they bring many of the residents' metal and electrical devices. The saucers intimidate Carlos when he visits again. They have sex and shortly afterwards the female saucer gives birth to three offspring. A saucer child is stillborn, Harry takes it and it actually comes to life after trying to repair it. The saucers help in the restaurant kitchen, Mason and Marisa get closer.

Carlos demolishes the electricity and water supply in the cellar with a hatchet, as well as the male saucer when she tracks him down. Harry throws Carlos out, the female saucer repairs her partner, but the saucer offspring flee outside. The residents except Mrs. Riley look for and find him, the parents fly with him back to his planet. A representative from Lacey uses the absence of the residents to set fire to the house, Carlos is able to save the confused Mrs. Riley from the house. The house burns down, Harry stays in front of the house and prevents it from being completely demolished the next day. The following night the saucers come back with many more, the house emerges from the ruin in the splendor it had when it was built. It can now be listed as a historical monument, Lacey has to admit defeat.


Lexicon of international films : Exciting and funny fairytale comedy that combines its optimistic message with the very latest animation technology from American entertainment cinema and offers a pleasant reunion with the old Hollywood stars Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy.


The story was originally designed for an episode of The Twilight Zone ( Amazing Stories provided). Steven Spielberg , producer of the series, decided to make a movie out of it. The film grossed around 65 million US dollars in cinemas worldwide, including around 33 million US dollars in the United States. Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy , who portray a married couple in the film, were also married in real life. The original title "batteries not included" is from a commercial jingle. Harry Noble doesn't speak much in the film, but only as commercial jingles.


Jessica Tandy won the Saturn Award for Best Actress in 1988 for her role in the film . The film was also nominated in the Best Fantasy Film category .

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  1. The Miracle on 8th Street. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed March 2, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used