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

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One of two late 1970s American sci-fi conspiracy movies. The other picture was Capricorn One (1978). See more »

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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 »

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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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One of the first "trust no one" flicks.
26 April 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is the first "government conspiracy" flicks I ever saw and frankly it spooked me at the time. The story about the accidental encounter with aliens and the consequent cover-up and framing of the astronauts was as eerie as any later X-Files show. Remember this movie came out in 1980, the only other movie with the concept of government cover-ups at the time was Capricorn One. I'm glad it was made in 1980, if it was done today it wouldn't have had the same punch.


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