*Batteries Not Included (1987)

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The presence of the distinguished Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy makes this saccharine-sodden retread of Cocoon (1985) worth watching.

They play residents of a doomed New York block of flats (an unscrupulous developer has sent thugs to clear the last five tenants) who find the unlikeliest of allies in the shape of a friendly group of alien space creatures.

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It’s made by Steven Spielberg’s production company Amblin, but, sadly, there is little of his magic touch here – even though it’s based on one of his scripts for the Amazing Stories TV series – and director Matthew Robbins lets sentimentality run supreme.

Frank Riley
Hume Cronyn
Faye Riley
Jessica Tandy
Harry Noble
Frank McRae
Marisa
Elizabeth Peña
Carlos
Michael Carmine
Mason
Dennis Boutsikaris
Sid
Tom Aldredge
Muriel
Jane Hoffman
Gus
John DiSanti
Kovacs
John Pankow
DeWitt
MacIntyre Dixon
Lacey
Michael Greene
Mrs Thompson
Doris Belack
Pamela
Wendy Schaal

Director
Matthew Robbins