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|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|
|Edited by||Paul Trejo|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Box office||$21.2 million|
Coneheads is a 1993 American science fiction comedy film from Paramount Pictures, produced by Lorne Michaels, directed by Steve Barron, and starring Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtin, and Michelle Burke. The film is based on the NBC Saturday Night Live comedy sketches about aliens stranded on Earth, who have Anglicized their Remulakian surname to "Conehead". Michelle Burke took over the role played by Laraine Newman on SNL. The film also features roles and cameos by actors and comedians from other contemporary TV shows of the time.
Upon discovering a UFO in American airspace, the National Guard sends out aircraft to investigate, and they fire on the craft when it doesn't respond. Belatedly activating a cloaking device, the spaceship crashes into the Atlantic ocean, near land. The aliens aboard, Beldar Clorhone and his life mate Prymaat, survive and adapt to the humans' way of life, despite standing out with their conical shaped heads. Beldar gets work as an appliance repairman, and when his grateful boss Otto discovers that Beldar has no documentation, he arranges for a false identity, which sends up red flags that quickly alerts the INS. Meanwhile, after communicating with their world (Remulak) and discovering that a rescue vessel will not arrive for seven "Zurls" (many years), Prymaat informs Beldar that she is pregnant. They now need to adapt to Earth in order to safely raise their child among humans. Ambitious INS agent Gorman Seedling and his assistant Eli attempt to capture Beldar and Prymaat, but they are able to elude the agents.
Months later, Beldar has become a respected taxi driver, and the couple live in his boss's basement. After the birth of their daughter Connie, they buy a home and move to suburban Paramus, New Jersey, adopting the surname Conehead. Beldar begins a new career, this time as a driving instructor. Meanwhile, Gorman gets a promotion and decides to leave the Coneheads' case to the agent replacing him. His promotion, however, is soon held-up by the case's extreme expense, forcing Gorman to continue until it's closed.
Now a teenager, all Connie wants to do is fit in with her peers, much to the objections of her father, especially when she begins seeing Ronnie, a mechanic. Beldar is preoccupied with winning a golfing trophy at his country club, while Prymaat becomes concerned about her attractiveness to Beldar. Gorman and Eli pose as Jehovah's Witnesses to gain entry to the Conehead home, but they are ejected quickly when Beldar receives word that their rescue vessel is on its way.
At a costume party that night, Connie is told that they will be rescued soon. She disobeys her "parental units" by returning home with Ronnie. Once there Connie consummates the relationship using her parents "senso-rings". Beldar and Prymaat walk in on them, just as the INS shows up to take the Coneheads into custody. Their rescue vessel arrives just in time, and Gorman and Eli are taken aboard with Beldar, Prymaat, and Connie.
On Remulak, Highmaster Mintot accuses Beldar of treason and sentences him to fight the ferocious Garthok. Beldar uses his Earthly golfing skills to save himself, killing the creature. For his victory, he is then granted a request: Beldar wishes to return to Earth to oversee its conquest, taking Gorman back with him. Mintot agrees, and Eli is left behind, becoming the Highmaster's personal lackey. Beldar leaves for Earth with Prymaat, Connie, and Goreman in tow. He soon demonstrates that Connie's feelings are more important to him than planetary conquest by quickly faking Earth's counterattack. Beldar's orders his invasion force to retreat to Remulak, while making it look like his spaceship has been destroyed. For sparing his life, Gorman agrees to give the Coneheads Green Cards in exchange for Beldar proving he has a talent no other American citizen possesses, to which Beldar confidently agrees.
Some time later, Ronnie arrives to take Connie to the prom. After a few words of advice (55 words to be precise), Beldar uses a massive flash bulb arrangement on his home-built Polaroid camera to document the happy event. As Connie and a now-sunburned Ronnie depart, Beldar and Prymaat look at the oversize picture, saying "Memories, we will enjoy them".
- Dan Aykroyd as Beldar Conehead / Donald R. DeCicco
- Jane Curtin as Prymaat Conehead / Mary Margaret Rowney
- Michelle Burke as Connie Conehead
- Michael McKean as INS Agent Gorman Seedling
- David Spade as Eli Turnbull
- Chris Farley as Ronnie Bradford
- Sinbad as Otto
- Michael Richards as Motel Clerk
- Eddie Griffin as Customer
- 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
- Laraine Newman as Laarta
- Garrett Morris as Captain Orecruiser
- Drew Carey as Taxi Passenger
- Kevin Nealon as Senator
- Jan Hooks as Gladys Johnson
- Parker Posey as Stephanie
- Joey Lauren Adams as Christina
- Julia Sweeney as Principal
- Ellen DeGeneres as Coach
- Tim Meadows as Athletic Cone
- Peter Aykroyd as Highmaster Mentot
- Jonathan Penner as Air Traffic captain
- Whip Hubley as F-16 pilot
- Mark Fulton (uncredited) as Hispanic woman
- Jon Lovitz (uncredited) as Dr. Rudolph, dentist
- Tom Arnold (uncredited) as Golfer
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While there are some differences, Coneheads mostly follows the same plot as in the 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.
Coneheads received mostly negative reviews from critics. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a low score of 33%, based on 30 reviews. Roger Ebert gave the film 1½ stars out of 4, describing Coneheads as "dismal, dreary and fairly desperate" and that the actors are unable to overcome an uninspired screenplay. Janet Maslin of The New York Times said 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|
The soundtrack for Coneheads was released July 20, 1993.
- "Magic Carpet Ride" by Michael Monroe and Slash
- "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell
- "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" by Andy Bell and 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
- "CONEHEADS (PG)". British Board of Film Classification. Retrieved June 15, 2014.
- Coneheads at Box Office Mojo
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- 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.