6.1/10
5,371
86 user 49 critic

Liquid Sky (1982)

Invisible aliens in a tiny flying saucer come to Earth looking for heroin. They land on top of a New York apartment inhabited by a drug dealer and her androgynous, bisexual nymphomaniac ... See full summary »

Director:

Slava Tsukerman

Writers:

Slava Tsukerman (original screenplay), Anne Carlisle (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
7 wins. See more awards »
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Carlisle ... Margaret / Jimmy
Paula E. Sheppard ... Adrian
Susan Doukas Susan Doukas ... Sylvia
Otto von Wernherr Otto von Wernherr ... Johann
Bob Brady Bob Brady ... Owen
Elaine C. Grove Elaine C. Grove ... Katherine
Stanley Knapp Stanley Knapp ... Paul (as Stanley Knap)
Jack Adalist Jack Adalist ... Vincent
Lloyd Ziff Lloyd Ziff ... Lester
Harry Lum Harry Lum ... Deliveryman
Roy MacArthur ... Jack
Sara Carlisle Sara Carlisle ... Nellie
Nina V. Kerova Nina V. Kerova ... Designer
Alan Preston Alan Preston ... Photographer
Christine Hatfull Christine Hatfull ... Hair Stylist
Learn more

More Like This 

Perestroika I (2009)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

Top astrophysicist Sasha Greenberg has spent the past 17 years working in the United States. An invitation to speak at a Congress on Cosmology in his native Moscow brings him home for the ... See full summary »

Director: Slava Tsukerman
Stars: Sam Robards, Ally Sheedy, F. Murray Abraham
D.O.A. (1980)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Documentary chronicaling the rise and fall of the punk movement with rare interview footage of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen. Also concert and news footage.

Director: Lech Kowalski
Stars: Stiv Bators, Terry Chimes, The Clash
Poor Liza (2000)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A beautiful peasant girl is romanced and abandoned by a young nobleman.

Director: Slava Tsukerman
Stars: Barbora Bobulova, Elena Doronina, Ben Gazzara
Stalin's Wife (2004)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Portrait of Josef Stalin's second wife Nadezhda Alliluyeva. Considers the possibility that her suidice was actually murder. Contains archive footage and interviews with historians, ... See full summary »

Director: Slava Tsukerman
Stars: Nadezhda Alliluyeva, Mik Cribben, Susan Doukas
Dr. Caligari (1989)
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Mrs. Van Houten has shown signs of losing touch with reality, and her husband discusses possible treatment with Dr. Caligari, who says Mrs. Van Houten has a disease of the libido. The staff... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Sayadian
Stars: Madeleine Reynal, Fox Harris, Laura Albert
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The media and disaffected teens mistake the acerbic rants of an obnoxious teenage punk rocker as a rallying cry for the women of America, launching her and her talentless group to national stardom.

Director: Lou Adler
Stars: Peter Donat, Diane Lane, Marin Kanter
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In 1961 suburban New Jersey, a withdrawn adolescent girl is suspected of her younger sister's brutal murder during her First Communion, and a series of subsequent stabbings.

Director: Alfred Sole
Stars: Linda Miller, Mildred Clinton, Paula E. Sheppard
Jubilee (1978)
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Queen Elisabeth I travels 400 years into the future to witness the appalling revelation of a dystopian London overrun by corruption and a vicious gang of punk guerrilla girls led by the new Monarch of Punk.

Director: Derek Jarman
Stars: Jenny Runacre, Nell Campbell, Toyah Willcox
Smithereens (1982)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A narcissistic runaway engages in a number of parasitic relationships amongst members of New York's waning punk scene.

Director: Susan Seidelman
Stars: Susan Berman, Brad Rijn, Richard Hell
Decoder (1984)
Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A burger shop employee discovers that by changing the background music from pleasantly calming to industrial "noise" music, he can incite riots and a revolution against the looming power of the government.

Director: Muscha
Stars: FM Einheit, William Rice, Christiane Felscherinow
Adventure | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A team of astronauts land on an inhabitable planet and form a society. Many years later, a single astronaut is sent to the planet and becomes a messiah.

Director: Andrzej Zulawski
Stars: Andrzej Seweryn, Jerzy Trela, Grazyna Dylag
Liquid Sky Revisited (Video 2017)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Retrospective documentary on the making of the low-budget sci-fi cult classic Liquid Sky (1982).

Director: Slava Tsukerman
Stars: Anne Carlisle, Sara Carlisle, Neke Carson

Photos

Edit

Storyline

Invisible aliens in a tiny flying saucer come to Earth looking for heroin. They land on top of a New York apartment inhabited by a drug dealer and her androgynous, bisexual nymphomaniac lover, who's also a fashion model. The aliens soon find the human pheromones created in the brain during orgasm preferable to heroin, and the model's casual sex partners begin disappearing. This increasingly bizarre scenario's observed by a lonely woman in the building across the street, a German scientist who's following the aliens, and an equally androgynous, drug-addicted male model (both models are played by Anne Carlisle). Darkly funny and thoroughly weird.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

heroin | alien | orgasm | sex | dual role | See All (55) »

Taglines:

Strange Aliens having bizarre orgasms!

Genres:

Sci-Fi | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Slava Tsukerman performed a number of roles on this movie. Tsukerman was the main producer, a co-writer, an editor, the director, a composer and a lyricist for the track "Me and My Rhythm Box". See more »

Quotes

Johann: Opium users have said that the drug creates a similar feeling than what people experience during orgasm.
Johann: It could be that this molecule is released into the brain during orgasm
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Star Knight (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Me and My Rhythm Box
Music by Anatoli Gerasimov (as Anatole Gerasimov) & Helene Zvereva (as Helena Zvereva)
Lyrics by Slava Tsukerman
Performed by Paula E. Sheppard
See more »

User Reviews

A rare glimpse of USA New Wave
27 July 2004 | by tagomago7See all my reviews

Liquid Sky!!

Wow, tough to say a simple few words about this movie. Liquid Sky is a rare film as it documents a time period in the USA when "post-punk" and "New Wave" were truly still underground. Liquid Sky is so easily compartmentalized into gay/lesbian cinema or a "cult classic" when it truly stands alone as a document of an era criminally under represented.

Roger Ebert who in my opinion really understands good cinema, gave this movie strong local press support in Chicago when it played at the Three Penny art Theatre in Chicago. The 3 Penny was across the street from the original Wax Trax record store on Lincoln Avenue which was another "power spot' of this post-punk/early new wave underground in Chicago. Ebert gave this movie a thumbs up and I think 3.5 stars upon the initial release. Ebert understands "dark" cinema which I think few see.

There are few movies in all of cinema that leave you with a "feeling" that Liquid Sky does at the end. By taking you correctly, intelligently into a world (Underground Clubs, Drug Scenes) that do exist, that few see. Donnie Darko is to me "in the ballpark" of the way Liquid Sky makes you feel at film's end.

The musical score (using the then very rare and expensive) Synclavier sampling keyboard was way ahead of it's time by perhaps 20 years. That along with the strong performances, is what makes Liquid Sky not just "weird' or "freak cinema" but something actually special.

If you were part of the New Wave or Post-Punk "underground" of 1981-1983 you will nod your head to what I am about to say: Liquid Sky is just about the ONLY movie that captures the "feel" of this period.

The rare Anne Carlisle! She-popped in with this magical tour-de-force performance and then basically disappeared from cinema. The only other easily obtainable performance of Carlisle is in the Miami Vice episode "Yankee Dollar" where she appears in the last 10 minutes of the episode as the wealthy heiress trying to save her husbands company via an illegal deal.

The DVD review! Wow!! The fact that some people really cared about this movie is seen in the DVD extras. The fact that just the movie made it to an official DVD is enough , but the extras where a huge shock. Actual beta video footage of test run thoughts of scenes. An initial opening 10 minute sequence that was edited to provide a different plot opening to the movie. TV spots, etc..

To use the word "cult classic" then every rare film like this should be treated to such extras on a DVD.

Not for "kids" , but I give Liquid sky a solid 10 out of 10 on the IMDb scale!

While some may see this movie as weird, the movie actually displays a real "truth" of what that scene was like 1981-1983 (minus the aliens of course). Watch Carlisle's monologue while putting on the make-up in the last 15 minutes of the film. You will not find a more "honest" speech about what happens when a girl moves from the country to depths of the inner city underground scene.


77 of 84 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 86 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Liquid Sky See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (TVC)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed