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Hangar 18 (1980)

PG  |   |  Action, Biography, Sci-Fi  |  13 March 1981 (Ireland)
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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 campaign some politicians try to hide the... See full summary »

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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 campaign some politicians try to hide the crashed UFO -- inside hangar 18. Written by Kay Drangmeister <K.Drangmeister@insider.sub.de>

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$6,000,000 (USA)
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Star Billing on movie posters had Darren McGavin (1st), Robert Vaughn (2nd), Gary Collins (3rd) with British quads having James Hampton (4th). The film's opening credits have Collins first followed by Vaughn second with Hampton third. See more »

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The space shuttle orbiter, while in space, has the standard nose of the NASA's orbiters that went to space, but the landing footage shows a needle sticking out from the tip of the nose. This needle was present only on the Enterprise orbiter, which never went to space, revealing that the landing footage is NASA atmospheric test footage. See more »

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Harry Forbes: Again. Punch it in again. And make sure.
Neal Kelso: I tried three times, Harry. I keep on getting the same answer. These are all designated landing areas.
Harry Forbes: Oh my God, they're coming back!
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Righteous but lame effort.
20 July 2004 | by (San Diego, California) – See all my reviews

Let me start out by saying I like this movie. That being said, it would probably be best for me to mention the good points of this movie first because all two of them don't make up for the rest of the things that are wrong with it. Someone went to a lot of effort to design (or borrow?) the language and symbols of the aliens. The ship is covered with them inside. And there's a nice segue into actual ancient, mysterious landmarks on Earth.

It gets you thinking a little, which earns it an extra 1/2 point in my book. There are a couple of decent stunts, but sadly, the rest of the movie is lame. The soundtrack is that awful 70's transition stuff from television and the premise of the story is beyond far-fetched. The cinematography is lack-luster and nothing will effect your senses or emotions. They don't even attempt to comment on the details of how to move a large alien object without being seen. But at least they didn't parade it through town on the back of a truck under a tarp like in Flight of the Navigator. Security and contamination protocols were poorly researched if at all. Not one military security guard held a flashlight properly (like a club folks!) And the UFO was deemed safe before they even determined why it crashed or landed. Government agents in "covert" surveillance were painfully obvious and they wee somehow amazed that a couple of astronauts would know where the nearest appropriate facility would be located to store an alien ship! I give it a 2 1/2 out of 5. A Righteous but lame effort.


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