History Film / TheyLive

15th Oct '17 12:03:38 PM TravisLanceHawkins
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John Nada is a drifting construction worker, played by wrestler "Rowdy" Wrestling/RoddyPiper. He arrives in a new town, and finds a pair of sunglasses that allow him to see that not only are aliens living among us, they have hidden [[SubliminalSeduction subliminal messages]] urging humans to conform, consume and reproduce in all media. Nada sets out to make sense of what the sunglasses are showing him, leading to several action scenes, and an incredibly long fist-fight with Nada's construction worker friend, Frank (Creator/KeithDavid). Eventually, Frank and Nada find an underground movement set on exposing the aliens and freeing humanity, and join in their efforts.

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John Nada ([[Wrestling/RoddyPiper "Rowdy" Roddy Piper]]) is a drifting construction worker, played by wrestler "Rowdy" Wrestling/RoddyPiper. He worker who arrives in a new town, and finds a pair of sunglasses that allow him to see that not only are aliens living among us, they have hidden [[SubliminalSeduction subliminal messages]] urging humans to conform, consume and reproduce in all media. Nada sets out to make sense of what the sunglasses are showing him, leading to several action scenes, and an incredibly long fist-fight with Nada's construction worker friend, Frank (Creator/KeithDavid). Eventually, Frank and Nada find an underground movement set on exposing the aliens and freeing humanity, and join in their efforts.
1st Jun '17 8:04:35 PM jormis29
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* TakeThatCritics: The second-to-last shot; after [[spoiler:the aliens' satellite is destroyed and reveals their true faces]], the shot shows [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed alien proxies]] for Series/SiskelAndEbert who are criticizing violence in films by directors like George A. Romero and Creator/JohnCarpenter. This is almost certainly in good humor, since Creator/RogerEbert was one of the few critics to champion Carpenter's ''Film/{{Halloween 1978}}'' and helped launch Carpenter's career.

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* TakeThatCritics: The second-to-last shot; after [[spoiler:the aliens' satellite is destroyed and reveals their true faces]], the shot shows [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed alien proxies]] for Series/SiskelAndEbert who are criticizing violence in films by directors like George A. Romero Creator/GeorgeARomero and Creator/JohnCarpenter. This is almost certainly in good humor, since Creator/RogerEbert was one of the few critics to champion Carpenter's ''Film/{{Halloween 1978}}'' and helped launch Carpenter's career.
19th Apr '17 6:51:08 PM Golondrina
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* LaResistance

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* %%* LaResistance
17th Apr '17 5:55:19 PM Golondrina
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* LesCollaborateurs: The wealthy elite of society are secretly cooperating with the aliens, including [[spoiler:Holly]].



* LaResistance



* LesCollaborateurs: The wealthy elite of society are secretly cooperating with the aliens, including [[spoiler:Holly]].


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* LaResistance
4th Apr '17 6:33:47 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* FlippingTheBird: Nada gets one right before the ending.

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* FlippingTheBird: Nada gets gives one right before the ending.
4th Mar '17 3:26:37 PM MrKosta
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* {{Gonk}}: The aliens, of course. Nada [[LampshadeHanging lampshades it]] in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBY6pF42I-c hilarious manner]].
1st Mar '17 11:23:58 PM Fireblood
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* DirtyCommies: What the police have been told LaResistance is
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything / TakeThat: UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan's TheEighties. The alien political ad even begins with the speaker talking about it being a "new morning in America," one of Reagan's most famous quotes

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* DirtyCommies: What the police have been told LaResistance is
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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything / TakeThat: UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan's TheEighties. The alien political ad even begins with the speaker talking about it being a "new morning in America," one of Reagan's most famous quotesquotes.



* GraffitiOfTheResistance: Nada finds graffiti reading 'They Live, We Sleep', referring to the Resistance's knowledge of Aliens that rule over humanity.

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* GraffitiOfTheResistance: Nada finds graffiti reading 'They Live, We Sleep', referring to the Resistance's knowledge of Aliens aliens that rule over humanity.



* {{Homage}}: Carpenter has confirmed that Frank's last name, Armitage, is in honour of TheProfessor in Creator/HPLovecraft's ''Literature/TheDunwichHorror''.

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* {{Homage}}: Carpenter has confirmed that Frank's last name, Armitage, is in honour honor of TheProfessor in Creator/HPLovecraft's ''Literature/TheDunwichHorror''.



* KarmaHoudini: The Homeless Drifter who was complaining about The Bearded TV Hacker interrupting his show constantly, somehow gets recruited by The Aliens to help them in their continued subjugation of Earth. When John Nada and Frank accidentally stumble into an underground base of operations and into a fancy dinner party attended by both The Aliens and their human collaborators, he assumes they were recruited as well and gives theme the grand tour. Eventually they try to kill him for betraying humanity, [[BeingGoodSucks he responds that all he's done is picked the winning side and asks them what's wrong with wanting a piece of the good life.]] He then escapes by using his wristwatch which is actually a communications and teleportation device to [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere disappear]]

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* KarmaHoudini: The Homeless Drifter who was complaining about The Bearded TV Hacker interrupting his show constantly, somehow gets recruited by The Aliens to help them in their continued subjugation of Earth. When John Nada and Frank accidentally stumble into an underground base of operations and into a fancy dinner party attended by both The Aliens and their human collaborators, he assumes they were recruited as well and gives theme them the grand tour. Eventually they try to kill him for betraying humanity, humanity. [[BeingGoodSucks he He responds that all he's done is picked the winning side and asks them what's wrong with wanting a piece of the good life.]] He then escapes by using his wristwatch which (which is actually a communications and teleportation device device) to [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere disappear]]disappear]].



* LeftHanging: The masquerade is irretrevably broken, but now what? The aliens still hold the reigns of power and control the media, as well as some being romantically involved with humans.

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* LeftHanging: The masquerade is irretrevably irretrievably broken, but now what? The aliens still hold the reigns of power and control the media, as well as some being romantically involved with humans.



* MadeOfIron: Nada, the sheer amount of damage he takes throughout the movie does little to slow him down. Granted, he is TheDrifter.

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* MadeOfIron: Nada, the Nada. The sheer amount of damage he takes throughout the movie does little to slow him down. Granted, he is TheDrifter.



* PoliceBrutality: When the cops raid the homeless camp, they brutally beat people with no provocation in most cases, or use excessive force against the few who attempt to resist (including the minister, who's ''blind'').



* RuleOfSymbolism: Nada and Frank's fight, besides being a {{Subversion}} of the InvincibleHero trope, could also be considered as a metaphor for the difficulty in changing a person's ideology, and the inherit struggle people will go through to stay in their comfortable pre-existing ideology.

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* RuleOfSymbolism: Nada and Frank's fight, besides being a {{Subversion}} of the InvincibleHero trope, could also be considered as a metaphor for the difficulty in changing a person's ideology, and the inherit struggle people will go through to stay in their comfortable pre-existing preexisting ideology.
18th Jan '17 1:01:53 PM Nohbody
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* NonActorVehicle: Roddy Piper.

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* NonActorVehicle: Roddy Piper.Piper was primarily known for being a Wrestling/{{WWF}} member prior to this movie, with only a few TV movies and shows previously to his credit.
12th Nov '16 11:00:26 AM WhirlRX
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* DefiantToTheEnd: [[spoiler: Nada goes out like a {{Badass}}.]]

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* DefiantToTheEnd: [[spoiler: Nada goes out like a {{Badass}}.badass.]]
25th Oct '16 8:25:40 PM AtticusOmundson
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