The Monitors

  • 1969
  • Movie
  • M
  • Comedy, Science Fiction

Filmed in Chicago with the members of the legendary Second City troupe, this hippie-heavy 1960s trip failed to do much justice to the comic talents of those involved. Coproduced by film-equipment manufacturer Bell and Howell, the film was an attempt to bring status to Chicago's filmmaking possibilities. The result is a spotty science-fiction comedy, with...read more

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Filmed in Chicago with the members of the legendary Second City troupe, this hippie-heavy 1960s trip failed to do much justice to the comic talents of those involved. Coproduced by film-equipment manufacturer Bell and Howell, the film was an attempt to bring status to Chicago's filmmaking

possibilities. The result is a spotty science-fiction comedy, with bizarre cameo appearances, about friendly alien invaders who attempt to control the world by ridding the nation of such nasty vices as sex, violence, and politics. Of course, a resistance movement forms and attempts to topple the

Monitor (as the aliens are called) rule. The Monitors realize that Earthlings aren't prepared to live right, so they return home and let them be. Full of funny skits, and songs sung by Odetta and Sandy Holt are outstanding laugh provokers. As a whole, however, this is a disappointing film. Sadly

also, the Bell and Howell plan to make Chicago a leading theatrical filmmaking center collapsed with THE MONITORS, and it would be years before studios ventured again to the Windy City.

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