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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 film was produced by Sunn Classic Pictures, the leading "four-wall" distributor of documentaries. Although this was a straight science fiction film, Sunn's TV spots promoted it as if it were another of their documentaries that would "reveal the truth about UFOs" even though the space shuttle which was used in the film had not yet had its first launch. See more »


Toward the end of the film, Lew and Steve (the heroes) are driving a gasoline truck, being chased by two government agents. Lew takes a signal flare and goes to the rear of the truck, dumping a large gasoline slick, shutting off the gas flow, then lighting the flare and throwing it on the slick, causing a fire that kills the two agents. The problem is, Lew throws the flare about three seconds after shutting off the gas. The truck is traveling at least fifty miles an hour... meaning that it would have put at least 200 feet between itself and the slick. Lew would have to throw the signal flare 70 yards, with perfect accuracy, for this trick to work. His throw clearly wouldn't carry the flare more than ten or twenty feet. See more »


Steve Bancroft: Old buddy, the brakes are gone!
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Featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Hangar 18 (1989) See more »

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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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