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Release Date:
20 October 1975 (USA) See more »
In the early 1960s, a married couple undergo hypnosis, which unlocks memories of a forgotten event on a lonely road. Soon they believe they were abducted by extraterrestrials. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

James Earl Jones ... Barney Hill

Estelle Parsons ... Betty Hill

Barnard Hughes ... Dr. Benjamin Simon

Dick O'Neill ... General James Davison
Beeson Carroll ... Lt. Colonel Jack MacRainey
Terrence O'Connor ... Lisa MacRainey
Jeanne Joe ... Examiner

Lou Wagner ... The Leader
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vic Perrin ... Narrator (uncredited)
Joey Stefano ... Henderson (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard A. Colla 
Writing credits
Hesper Anderson (teleplay) and
Jake Justiz (teleplay)

John G. Fuller (book "The Interrupted Journey")

S. Lee Pogostin 

Produced by
Richard A. Colla .... executive producer
Joe L. Cramer .... producer
Original Music by
Billy Goldenberg 
Cinematography by
Rexford L. Metz (director of photography) (as Rexford Metz)
Film Editing by
Richard Bracken 
Art Direction by
Peter Wooley 
Set Decoration by
Gary Moreno 
Costume Design by
Burton Miller 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Connors .... assistant director (as Tom Connors III)
Sound Department
Roger Sword .... sound editor
Visual Effects by
Jim Dow .... model builder (uncredited)
Gregory Jein .... model builder (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Tony Rivetti .... second assistant camera
Editorial Department
Richard Belding .... editorial supervisor
Music Department
Hal Mooney .... music supervisor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Interrupted Journey" - USA (alternative title)
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92 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

The alien writing seen in the book aboard the spacecraft is actually Arabic script written vertically.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): While under hypnosis, Barney recalls that he is storing a gun, a "32-caliber pistol" in the trunk of their car while traveling through Canada. Later, when we see him retrieve the gun, it is a revolver, not a pistol.See more »


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10 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Excellent film on a controversial subject, 3 November 2002
Author: Rich Meyer ( from Saint Clair, Pennsylvania

The UFO Incident was one of the hardest movies for me to see. I remember when it first aired, I had to be at a Boy Scout meeting, so I missed it (back in those pre-VCR days). The second chance I had to see it had the station broadcasting it go off the air for a half-hour, and then come back on with a completely fuzzed out picture, so again I couldn't watch the film. I procured a copy last month, and then I lost the bloody tape. I managed to finally get another and FINALLY got to watch the damn thing.

Well, it really was worth the wait. James Earl Jones and Estelle Parsons give very believeable and very moving performances as a married couple beset by completely strange and frightening circumstances. Even if you don't believe in the alien abduction phenomenon that has become so widespread after the big-budget version of Whitley Streiber's Communion, you've got to admire the acting abilities of both stars in this movie. You can definitely feel the pain and confusion that Barney and Betty Hill went through in their performances (particularly Jones, who I think accurately encapsulates all of the pent-up frustrations that Barney Hill was reputed to have, though he did so in a decidedly non-stereotypical way - Barney wasn't your average "Angry Black Man" of the seventies).

I suppose because of Communion (and the recent Signs) one might chuckle a bit at the alien visitors in this movie, but one has to remember that this was a made-for-TV movie and I think the production values put it on a par with any of the contemporary science fiction or horror films of the time period. One also has to remember this movie was made before that famous cover of Communion was published, so the aliens don't quite look like the willowy Greys that most folks have come to associate with the phenomenon.

This is a film definitely worth searching out. Sci-Fi Channel apparently shows it now and again, so that's your best bet, outside of the internet trading circles (which is where I got my copy).

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