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: 1988-11-04
  • User Rating: 7.2/10 from 2902 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 33min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Alive Films
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: John Carpenter
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A lone drifter stumbles upon a harrowing discovery -- a unique pair of sunglasses that reveals that aliens are systematically gaining control of the Earth by masquerading as humans and lulling the public into submission.

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