Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Steve Barron|
|Produced by||Lorne Michaels|
|Written by||Tom Davis
|Based on||Coneheads sketches from Saturday Night Live
by Lorne Michaels
|Music by||David Newman|
|Editing by||Paul Trejo|
|Studio||Lorne Michaels Productions|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Release dates||July 23, 1993|
|Running time||88 minutes|
Coneheads is a 1993 film based on the Saturday Night Live sketches about the Coneheads. The film was directed by Steve Barron and produced by Lorne Michaels. It starred Dan Aykroyd and Jane Curtin as Beldar and Prymaat Clorhone (who later Anglicize their Remulakian surname to "Conehead"), parents of Connie (Michelle Burke, taking over the role played by Laraine Newman on SNL). The film also featured roles and cameos from a number of actors and comedians from shows such as SNL and Seinfeld.
While there are some differences, the film mostly follows the same plot as an animated special that was created ten years earlier. Similarities include the Coneheads being stranded on Earth, Beldar working as an appliance repair man, and Connie dating an earthling named Ronnie.
The film follows the adventures of Fuel Survey Underlord Beldar Clorhone (Aykroyd) and his wife Prymaat (Curtin) (they later anglicize their Remulakian surname to "Conehead") as they try to adapt into American society and pursue the immigrant's American dream. Their spacecraft was part of an advance scouting mission for an invasion, but was shot down by an F-16 fighter-interceptor of the New Jersey Air National Guard, stranding them on Earth. They live with secret identities while INS agent Gorman Seedling (McKean) tracks them incessantly over the years.
The Conehead family moves to Paramus, New Jersey, and blends in, taking up activities that represent the American Dream. They also raise their teenage daughter, Connie (Burke), who has recently started dating.
At the end of the movie, Beldar, who has grown fond of Earth, tricks his people into thinking that humans are armed with dangerous weapons that have killed him and so the Conehead space fleet retreats, leaving Earth unscathed. Beldar finally negotiates a Green Card from Seedling.
- Dan Aykroyd as Beldar Conehead / Donald R. DeCicco
- Jane Curtin as Prymaat Conehead / Mary Margaret Rowney
- Michelle Burke as Connie Conehead
- Michael McKean as Gorman Seedling, INS Agent
- David Spade as Eli Turnbull, Seedling's assistant
- Chris Farley as Ronnie Bradford, Connie's boyfriend
- Sinbad as Otto
- Michael Richards as Motel Clerk (cameo)
- Eddie Griffin as Customer (cameo)
- Phil Hartman as Marlax
- Adam Sandler as Carmine Weiner
- Mitchell Bobrow as Garthok Combatant
- Jason Alexander as Larry Farber
- Lisa Jane Persky as Lisa Farber
- Dave Thomas as Highmaster (cameo)
- Laraine Newman as Laarta
- Garrett Morris as Captain Orecruiser
- Drew Carey as Taxi Passenger (cameo)
- Kevin Nealon as Senator
- Jan Hooks as Gladys Johnson
- Parker Posey as Stephanie (cameo)
- Joey Lauren Adams as Christina (cameo)
- Julia Sweeney as Principal
- Ellen DeGeneres as Coach (cameo)
- Tim Meadows as Athletic Cone
- Peter Aykroyd as Highmaster Mentot
- Jonathan Penner as Captain Air Traffic
- Whip Hubley as F-16 Pilot
- Mark Fulton as Hispanic Woman (uncredited)
- Jon Lovitz as Dr. Rudolph, dentist (uncredited)
- Tom Arnold as Golfer (cameo, uncredited) (Tom Arnold's character is the only person, in either the film or any of the sketches, to actually question the shape of Beldar's head, while everyone else remains strangely oblivious.)
Coneheads received mostly negative reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 36% based on 28 reviews. Roger Ebert gives the film 1 and 1/2 stars out of 4, describing the film as "dismal, dreary and fairly desperate" and that the actors are unable to overcome an uninspired screenplay. Janet Maslin of The New York Times says the film "has its dopey charms," and that it is suitable for people who found Wayne's World too demanding. The Los Angeles Times called it "an unusually companionable jape; in this world it makes perfect sense that the Coneheads' friends and neighbors never really register that there's anything terribly different about them. They're all-American eccentrics--even if they happen to come from the planet Remulak."
|Coneheads: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack|
|Soundtrack album by Various Artists|
|Released||July 20, 1993|
|Label||Warner Bros. Records|
The soundtrack for Coneheads was released July 20, 1993.
- "Magic Carpet Ride" by Michael Monroe & Slash
- "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell
- "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" by Andy Bell & k.d. lang
- "Kodachrome" by Paul Simon
- "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" by Morten Harket
- "It's a Free World, Baby" by R.E.M.
- "Soul to Squeeze" by Red Hot Chili Peppers
- "Fight the Power" by Barenaked Ladies
- "Little Renee" by Digable Planets
- "Chale Jao" by Babble
- "Conehead Love" by Nan Schaefer
- "Box office / business for Coneheads (1993)". IMDb.
- David J. Fox (27 July 1993). "Weekend Box Office : 'Poetic' Finds Its Place in Line". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-06-03.
- "Coneheads (1993)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 1 November 2013.
- Roger Ebert (July 23, 1993). "Coneheads". Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved 2012-12-01.
- Janet Maslin (July 23, 1993). "Review/Film; They're From Another Planet (Another Medium, Actually)". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-06-03.
- Peter Rainer (July 23, 1993). "Movie Reviews : 'Coneheads': 1-Note Joke With Legs". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-06-03.