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 sci-fi comedy family film that was produced and released theatrically on December 16, 1988.[1] The film stars Neil Patrick Harris, Ned Beatty, Shelley Winters, and Thora Birch (who won a Youth In Film Award for her performance).[citation needed] The movie co-stars Dustin Diamond and Peggy Lipton, with musical guest appearances by Chubby Checker and Little Richard (who also portrays the Mayor). Linda Shayne wrote and directed the film, inspired by the 1958 novelty song "Purple People Eater" by Sheb Wooley.[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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