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Based upon the short story "Eight o'clock in the Morning".

John Carpenter casted Roddy Piper in the role of Nada after watching him in Wrestlemania III.

The screenplay is credited to Frank Armitage (John Carpenter).
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review by . July 05, 2011
I usually approach any film starring a professional wrestler (retired or otherwise) with rightful skepticism. However, I must admit that Roddy Piper was well cast opposite Keith David as a pair of brawny, down-on-their-luck construction workers who come across evidence of a pervasive, widespread alien invasion and a grassroots terrorist resistance movement opposed to it.      While the social commentary of this movie's script (very loosely adapted by Carpenter from Ray Nelson's …
review by . May 10, 2009
They Live is another classic science fiction-action film from John Carpenter. The eighties were a great time for this legendary film maker. Some of his best work was made during this era. Professional Wrestler Roddy Piper stars as Nada, a homeless day laborer who becomes a hero by accident. Keith David co-stars as his running buddy.       Earth has been slowly invaded by aliens under the guise of conservative Reganites. They have repressed the have nots and corrupted those who …
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