Purple People Eater (film)

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Purple People Eater
Poster of the movie Purple People Eater.jpg
Theatrical release 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 Dreith
Cinematography Peter Deming
Edited by Cari Coughlin
Distributed by Motion Picture Corporation of America
Release date
  • December 16, 1988 (1988-12-16)
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] written and directed by Linda Shayne, and stars Neil Patrick Harris, Ned Beatty, Shelley Winters, Dustin Diamond, Peggy Lipton, and Thora Birch in her film debut. Chubby Checker and Little Richard made musical guest appearances. The film was released on December 16, 1988.[1]


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


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