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Mac and Me (1988)

An alien trying to escape from NASA is befriended by a wheelchair-bound boy.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Courtney (as Katrina Caspary)
Lauren Stanley ...
Ivan J. Rado ...
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Jack Eiseman ...
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An alien trying to escape from NASA is befriended by a wheelchair-bound boy.

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How two boys worlds apart become the best of friends. See more »


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12 August 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mi amigo Mac  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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The film rips-off E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982). See more »


During the infamous dance scene, when Mac is shown tap dancing on the counter with the McDonalds crew members behind him, there are items listed but no prices on the menu above their heads. See more »


Singer: tired of feeling all by myself Being so different From everyone else Somehow you knew I needed your help Be my friend forever I never found My star in the night Feeling my dream was Far from my sight You came along and I saw the light We'll be friends forever CHORUS: I can't face the Thought of you leaving So take me along I swear I'll be strong If you take me Wherever you go I wanna learn the things That you know Now that you Made me believe I want you to take me 'Cause I long to be able To ...
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You're Not a Stranger Anymore
Performed by Jara Lane
Music by Alan Silvestri
Lyrics by Bob Gaudio, Judy Parker and Mike Curb
Produced and Arranged by Bob Gaudio
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20 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

While most of the comments made by other viewers deriding this movie are

accurate, does it really matter? It is just a very poorly made film. There is no more product placement than seen in many other films, but it is so poorly

integrated I can understand why people see it as obnoxious. The rest of the film is disjointed and many scenes are superfluous, but there are plenty of movies aimed at the family market that are just as objectionable. I enjoyed watching it on cable last night for the first time (if only to laugh at it), but I can see why kids may have enjoyed it. I remember when it was theatrically released during my

childhood. Yet even at that time it looked ridiculous, lacking the camp appeal it has now.

To respond to some of the site users who mentioned Alan Silvestri's score as

being well done. He is not a bad composer, but he blatantly rips off a lot of his own work (or recycles it), such as his most impressive score (Back to the

Future). Not to mention, he rips off bits from Jerry Goldsmith's score to Gremlins (Gizmo's accompanying whistling noises now provided by Mac). This proves

how little originality existed anywhere in this film.

I will agree with everyone that the aliens are awful looking: they are creepy, funny, and altogether unpleasant to see onscreen (even in clothing at the end of the film). As for the dance number, though it was ridiculous, the dancers were better than the majority of the actors in the film.

Small note: It seemed a little odd that the doctor pulled out a half-used bottle of sedatives from his pocket and gave one to the lead character after the ravine incident.

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