Sheldon Bart is a drifter, and a small-time con man. He meets his old friend, Brother Bud, a big-time con man into faith healing and fencing stolen cars, at his revival tent outside a small... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Arlene Stewart
Brother Bud Sanders
Sheldon Bart
Beverly Hope Atkinson ...
George Martin
Delores (as Diane Diefendorf)
Robert Gray ...
Ted Harris ...
Celia Martin
Alan Beckwith ...
Brother Roy
Andrew Winner ...
Male Newscaster
Pamela Lamont ...
Female Newscaster
Gas Station Attendant


Sheldon Bart is a drifter, and a small-time con man. He meets his old friend, Brother Bud, a big-time con man into faith healing and fencing stolen cars, at his revival tent outside a small town. While he's helping Brother Bud, he falls in love with Arlene, a local supermarket clerk who believes in UFOs and is deeply religious and deeply lonely. When Arlene has a vision of a coming UFO, everyone deals with it in their own way. Written by Jon Reeves <>

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A down home comedy that's out of this world. See more »


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October 1985 (USA)  »

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Completed in 1980, this film sat on the shelf for several years. According to a 1983 Rolling Stone article, the studio was unable to come up with a marketing plan for such a quirky, unusual film. See more »


Arlene Stewart: Oh Toby, there's a Space Ship coming, and it's gonna be like Noah and i am gonna be Noah.
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Referenced in The Making of 'Tremors' (1998) See more »


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Performed by Emmylou Harris
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
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A little gem
24 September 2002 | by (Thousand Oaks) – See all my reviews

I haven't seen this gem in years, which is my loss. I came to IMDB hoping to see that it was out on DVD. Alas, no. The characters are funny and quirky (not Hollywood phony-quirky) and the story unfolds organically. Having grown up in the 1960s, there were moments that made me laugh out loud in recognition.

Two in particular: Toby (Darrell Larson) a wide-eyed hippie-innocent and his wife are cuddling their newborn son. Toby asks her "Do you think JesusKrishnaBuddha is too heavy a name for him?" Later, when supermarket checker Cindy Williams asks him if he believes in flying saucers. He replies, with a beatific smile, "I believe in everything." It's a great companion line to the hippie in Louis Malle's "Atlantic City," who is cautioned to buckle her seatbelt on the airplane and replies sincerely, "Oh, I don't believe in gravity."

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