Batteries Not Included

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Science-fiction fantasy starring Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy. When an unscrupulous developer sends thugs to clear the last five tenants from a crumbling New York building, nothing short of a miracle can save them. But then help arrives in the shape of two tiny extraterrestrial visitors with magical powers.

"The presence of the distinguished Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy makes this saccharine-sodden retread of Cocoon worth watching. They play residents of a doomed New York block of flats who find the unlikeliest of allies in the shape of a friendly group of alien space creatures. 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. Nevertheless, Cronyn and Tandy effortlessly rise above it all, and children and soft-hearted adults will be enchanted." - Radio Times Review