Somehow, this movie came from the same man who made Get Carter, Flash Gordon and Black Rainbow, Mike Hodges. Man, what an all over the place resume of films!
Originally called Illegal Aliens, it later became entitled Morons from Outer Space, which led to Mel Brooks changing the name of his movie Planet Moron to Spaceballs*.
This was written by Griff Rhys Jones and Mel Smith, who created Not the Nine O’Clock News and Alas Smith and Jones. They were never on the same page as Hodges, which is probably why this movie feels so uneven.
Three aliens named Sandra, Desmond and Julian strand another named Bernard (Smith) and head to Earth, where they become instant celebrities with an agent (Jones) getting them all over the media. They offer nothing special yet everyone wants to meet them, while when Bernard comes to Earth, he’s seen as a crazy man.
Somehow, this was the only film that Smith and Jones would ever make. So there’s that.
You have to love that this Mill Creek set has a British science fiction comedy, a Japanese super hero movie, an American TV movie, a German horror movie, Italian ripoff cinema and so many more genres all packed into one inexpensive box.
*Strangely enough, the aliens play a game called Spaceball in this film.
You can watch this on YouTube.
They did actually make one other movie in 89 called Wilt, based on the Tom Sharpe novel. I don’t think it made cinemas outside of the UK though.
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Okay, just found it, The Misadventures of Mr. Wilt (1989), on the IMDb.
Yes, this never came out in the U.S. on tape and it never played on cable or syndicated on UHF-TV. Morons actually played on U.S cable, as well as appearing on tape. I guess we overlooked Wilt because they’re only actors in it (?) and didn’t write it, as they did Morons.
Thanks for the tip! We’ll search to see if we can get a copy to review. As of now, we only found a trailer, but there’s no (U.S.) uploads streaming to watch.