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The black-and-white photos of Frank and Faye used in the opening credits were real-life photos of Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy, who were married for decades.
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Originally intended to be a story featured in the TV series Amazing Stories (1985). Steven Spielberg liked the idea so much he decided to make it a theatrical release.
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Elizabeth Peña (Marisa) passed away on October 14, 2014, 25 years to the day after Michael Carmine's (Carlos) whose death was on October 14, 1989.
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The opening montage shows pictures of Frank Riley in a Navy uniform circa World War 2. Later in the movie when his wife pulls out his pocket watch it has a leather fob attached with a gold anchor with a silver "USN" on it, signifying Frank achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer during his time in the service.
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The jazz music heard at different points throughout the movie can also be heard in Cocoon: The Return (1988), which also star Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy.
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After this movie, Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn would appear in only three more movies together. Their last film, Camilla (1994), was released two months after her passing.
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The line, "We bring good things to life " was the hook for General Electric consumer products ads. "Don't leave home without it," was used in ads for American Express credit cards.
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The title is said twice. When Harry watches TV while Carlos trashes the diner, a voice on the TV is heard saying "Batteries not included" and Harry says this when the third baby UFO is stillborn.
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Elements of the score were later reused in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989).
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In Harry Noble's back-story. he is a former professional boxer who retired after suffering brain damage, became a reclusive handyman and turned to a nonviolent philosophy.
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Frank saying to Mason "The quickest way to end a miracle, is to ask why it is . . . and what it wants," when talking about flying saucers, is Frank's philosophy.
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Harry uses to summon the babies is an ultrasonic dog whistle = an instrument with a pitch beyond the range of human hearing. When he blows the whistle while leaving the building one can hear dogs barking in the distance in response to the whistle.
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Esai Morales was offered a part in this movie and the part of Bob Morales in La Bamba (1987) but chose "La Bamba" because he shared a last name with his character from "La Bamba" and he felt a connection with his character in "La Bamba". Ironically, his co-star from "La Bamba", Elizabeth Peña, had a part in this film.
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In the last scene just after Frank sees Harry on the top of their building, a young Luis Guzmán can be seen in the background.
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Although Faye appears to be suffering from dementia and is very much living in her own world, it's possible she also may have a mental disorder or a trauma-related illness. In the film, it is revealed that Faye and Frank's son Bobby was killed in a car accident. She has withdrawn to a reality which she believes Bobby is still alive and mistakes Carlos for Bobby and has no recollection of the accident. When Carlos returns to the apartment building to save Faye and then mentions "the car," Faye freaks out and begins to realize Carlos is not Bobby and sees the newspaper article about Bobby's death. Later at the hospital she breaks down and cries and seems to accept the reality that Bobby died.
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When the mass of flying saucers appears after the building burns, they are arranged as follows: unused prototypes in the front row, cast plastic models in the second and third rows, and scaled-down cast models in the remaining rows.
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In the scene where Harry is running through downtown New York with the youngest baby flying saucer, if you look carefully in the background, you can see a theater marquee of The Fly (1986), which was later released while the film was in production.
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In the backstory behind the death of Bobby Riley: Frank didn't get along so well with Bobby, and would frequently lose his temper with the boy. Bobby, fed up with Frank losing his temper and making him feel like he's not good enough, bought himself a car and planned to run away. But in a tragic senseless moment, as Bobby drove off in his new car, he crashed and was killed instantly.
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In Faye Riley's backstory, she suffers from dementia and has withdrawn into a reality where she believes her son Bobby, who was killed in a car accident, is very much alive and where she mistakes Carlos for Bobby.
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