Purple People Eater (film)

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Purple People Eater
Poster of the movie Purple People Eater.jpg
Theatrical Poster
Directed by Linda Shayne
Produced by Brad Krevoy
Steven Stabler
Written by Linda Shayne
Starring Neil Patrick Harris
Ned Beatty
Shelley Winters
Thora Birch
Dustin Diamond
Peggy Lipton
Music by Dennis Drieth
Cinematography Peter Deming
Edited by Cari Coughlin
Distributed by Motion Picture Corporation of America
Release dates
December 16, 1988
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Purple People Eater is a 1988 American science-fiction comedy film based on Sheb Wooley's 1958 novelty song of the same name,[1] wriiten and directed by Linda Shayne, and stars Neil Patrick Harris, Ned Beatty, Shelley Winters, Thora Birch, (who won a Youth In Film Award for her performance)[citation needed] Dustin Diamond and Peggy Lipton, with Chubby Checker and Little Richard making musical guest appearance. The film was released on December 16, 1988.[1]


When young Billy Johnson (Neil Patrick Harris) plays the novelty song, a flying purple one-eyed one-horned alien from outer space appears and helps him prevent an elderly couple (Ned Beatty and Shelley Winters) from being evicted by their greedy landlord, while joining a rock n' roll band.


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