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Release Date:
13 March 1981 (Ireland) See more »
It started with an accident in space . . . and led to the terrifying secret in . . . HANGAR 18 See more »
Shortly after the launch of a satellite from a space shuttle the satellite collides with an UFO in front of the crew's eyes... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Gary Collins ... Steve Bancroft

Robert Vaughn ... Gordon Cain

James Hampton ... Lew Price

Philip Abbott ... Frank Morrison

Joseph Campanella ... Frank Lafferty

Pamela Bellwood ... Sarah Michaels

Tom Hallick ... Phil Cameron
Steven Keats ... Paul Bannister

William Schallert ... Professor Mills

Darren McGavin ... Harry Forbes

Cliff Osmond ... Sheriff Barlow
Andrew Bloch ... Neal Kelso

Stuart Pankin ... Sam Tate

Betty Ann Carr ... Flo Mattson

H.M. Wynant ... Flight Director

Bill Zuckert ... Ace Landon
Jesse Bennett ... MIB #4
Robert Bristol ... Helicopter Pilot
Ed E. Carroll ... MIB #3
J.R. Clark ... Judd Gates

Craig Clyde ... Captain Wyatt
John William Galt ... NASA Official
Anne Galvan ... Technician
Ken Hepner ... Pilot
Michael Irving ... MIB #1

Bruce Katzman ... MIB #2
Peter Liakakis ... Barman
Debrah Macfarlane ... Female Specimen
Chesley Noone ... A.F. Captain (as Chet Norris)
H.E.D. Redford ... CAPCOM Officer
Max Robinson ... Payload Officer
Ocie Robinson ... A.F. Guard
Michael Ruud ... George Turner
Scott Wilkinson ... Flight Activity Officer

Directed by
James L. Conway 
Writing credits
Ken Pettus (screenplay) (as Steven Thornley)

Thomas C. Chapman (story) (as Tom Chapman) &
James L. Conway (story)

Stephen Lord  uncredited
David O'Malley  uncredited

Produced by
Bill Cornford .... associate producer
Charles E. Sellier Jr. .... producer
Original Music by
John Cacavas 
Bob Summers (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Paul Hipp 
Film Editing by
Michael Spence 
Casting by
Amy Schreiber 
Production Design by
Paul Staheli 
Art Direction by
Chip Radaelli 
Set Decoration by
Randy Staheli 
Costume Design by
Julie Staheli 
Makeup Department
Karoly Balazs .... makeup artist
Ken Horn .... makeup effects
Peter Tothpal .... hair stylist
Production Management
Joseph A. Mayer .... post-production supervisor (as Joe Mayer)
Daxon Thomas .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Leon Dudevoir .... first assistant director
John Korogi .... second assistant director: second unit
Jefferson Richard .... first assistant director: second unit
Henning Schellerup .... second unit director
Dennis M. White .... second assistant director
Art Department
Douglas Vandegrift .... scenic artist
James Walker Jr. .... art director: second unit (as Jim Walker)
Sound Department
Jim Bryan .... supervising sound editor
Steven R. Dransfield .... dialogue editor
Larry Kemp .... dialogue supervisor (as Laurence J. Kemp)
Lauren Palmer .... dialogue editor
Rod Sutton .... sound mixer
Ken Tulenko .... dialogue editor
Special Effects by
John Carter .... assistant special effects
Doug Kramer .... assistant special effects
Harry Woolman .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Dave Gregory .... special optical effects design & line-up: Pacific Title (uncredited)
Greg Brickman .... stunt coordinator
Tom Elliott .... stunts
Alan Gibbs .... special stunt consultant
Tom Lupo .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Jeff Alexander .... grip: second unit
Craig Camp .... director of photography: Houston
Flash Deros .... grip
Michael Ezell .... key grip
Bruce Hamme .... gaffer: second unit
Michael Lund .... camera operator: second unit
Jerry L. Madore .... key grip (as Jerry Madore)
Kim Marks .... camera operator
Richard A. Mitchell .... grip
Mike Sherman .... grip: second unit
Alvin Simmons .... equipment grip
Brian Sullivan .... assistant camera
Garlan Wilde .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Stan Mason .... set costumer
Laurie Vandegrift .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Mark Friedgen .... assistant film editor
Music Department
John Cacavas .... conductor
Don Perry .... music supervisor
George S. Price .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Corey Burton .... adr loop group
Sanford Hampton .... assistant to producer
Roberta Kanefsky .... script supervisor: second unit
Jackie Saunders .... script supervisor
Chris Sprister .... adr loop group

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Also Known As:
97 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Iceland:12 | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | USA:PG (Approved No. 26784) | USA:Approved (certificate #26084)
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Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: In the first car chase, the agents' car sustains side damage from attempting to force the astronauts' pickup truck off the road. However, when the car turns onto the bridge it is seen to have gained severe damage to the front bumper and bonnet/hood. As it crashes through the side of the bridge its front is again undamaged.See more »
Steve Bancroft:George, could we have this tape, or a copy?
George Turner:This is a Department of Defense operation. You guys couldn't get outta here with a coffee cup.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Dead End (1985)See more »


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12 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
should you watch this?, 2 August 2009
Author: acornco from United States

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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