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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 ...
Flight Director


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 »


Reporting on the autopsy, Dr. Michaels states that humans have "an appendix, a tailbone, and a Harderian Gland". The Harderian Gland is only found in the ocular orbits of vertebrates that possess a nictitating membrane, which humans do not have. See more »


Steve Bancroft: Are you all right?
Lew Price: I'm fine, but the seat covers are ruined!
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Referenced in Dead End (1985) See more »

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should you watch this?
2 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Well if your reading this your either bored, deciding on whether or not to watch it or just trying to get some perspective. So lemme' clear the air.

First off, this is a sci-fi movie in the way the smith/goldbloom blockbuster "independance day" is. In other words its not a sci-fi movie but more of a fantasy action drama. You could even consider it a kind of cop chase movie crammed with ample techno-psycho babble. But I don't think those genres are quite fitting. I personally deem it a sorta pulpy/campy flick and possibly a soon to be cult classic. That said, don't compare it to "independence day". Think more along the lines of kubrik's "dr. strange love or how i..." Who will like this movie? Well studied and open minded ufo nerds, people who laugh at things that ain't meant to be funny, film students and of course stoners. Who will hate it? People who read the book first, people who like any vin deisel movie or magnolia, film critics and of course stoners. Whats the straight dope? Its very well shot, but its pock marked with terrible and often confusing dialog. It has constant trouble pacing the scenes but the action bits seem way too cool. As a pluss the actors give a serious tour deforce and make sure to keep an eye out for Charlton Heston. By far, the most grooved out aspect is wondering how much of todays media was inspired by this movie.

The best- an astronaut spontaneously stealing a car. The worst- the first 10 minutes. The line to know- "Airplanes crash every day."

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