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Hangar 18 (1980)

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Shortly after the launch of a satellite from a space shuttle the satellite collides with an UFO in front of the crew's eyes. Because of an election campain some politicians try to hide the ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Philip Abbott ...
Frank Morrison
Joseph Campanella ...
Sarah Michaels
Steven Keats ...
Paul Bannister
Harry Forbes
Sheriff Barlow
Betty Ann Carr ...
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Shortly after the launch of a satellite from a space shuttle the satellite collides with an UFO in front of the crew's eyes. Because of an election campain some politicians try to hide the crashed UFO -- inside hangar 18. Written by Kay Drangmeister <>

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13 March 1981 (Ireland)  »

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Hangar 18  »

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$6,000,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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This 1980 movie's title was used about twenty-eight years for a short horror film but the 2008 short Hangar 18 (2008) is unrelated and not a remake. See more »


To cover up the UFO landing, Cain and Lafferty decide to discredit Steve and Lew publicly, then just "keep an eye on them." They do not take Steve and Lew into custody, sequester them, or put any kind of pressure on them not to make waves, even after Steve and Lew indirectly cause the deaths of two government agents. This seems to be the worst possible way to cover up a story, as it all but guarantees the two heroes will make trouble. See more »


Steve Bancroft: Are you all right?
Lew Price: I'm fine, but the seat covers are ruined!
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Featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Hangar 18 (1989) See more »

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Not bad for a TV-type movie of the week
22 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Classic TV-style movie about a crashed flying saucer and a government cover-up. Gary Collins and James Hampton (how's that for two names from the illustrious past?) are two astronauts who witness the saucer from their space shuttle. On their return to Earth, they find all evidence of the saucer's existence are gone. So they go on a trek to find out what happened. Darren McGavin (yes, the Night Stalker himself!) is a government man in charge of studying the saucer, which crash landed on Earth after being struck by a satellite. It now sits in good old Hangar 18. Joe Campanella and Rober Vaughn (this just keeps getting better) are the government bad guys, intent on eliminating anyone who might know something or discover the saucer's existence. It's an election year, after all. Hokey plot, hammy acting and a great-looking saucer add up to an enjoyable hour an a half of thrills and unintentional laughs. The hairdos alone will keep you in stitches, especially Collins' Beatle bangs. No special effects to speak of, but entertaining nonetheless. And this is light years away from flying saucer films from the 1950s and early 60s.

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