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UFOria (1985)

PG | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | October 1985 (USA)
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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Arlene Stewart
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Brother Bud Sanders
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Sheldon Bart
Beverly Hope Atkinson ...
Naomi
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George Martin
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Delores (as Diane Diefendorf)
Robert Gray ...
Emile
Ted Harris ...
Gregory
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Toby
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Celia Martin
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Colonel
Alan Beckwith ...
Brother Roy
Andrew Winner ...
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Gas Station Attendant
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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 <jreeves@imdb.com>

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

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Was filmed in 1980 but not released until 1985, after Fred Ward and Harry Dean Stanton went on to bigger careers. See more »

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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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I Do What It Takes to Get By
Performed by Hank Williams Jr.
Courtesy of Mike Curb Productions Inc.
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Funny, quirky, likable
24 June 2004 | by (Sydney Australia) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favourite films. Unfortunately it didn't get a mainstream release here in Sydney. Instead it got released through an art-house theatre (The Valhalla). It could be classified as a country and western comedy with a dash of sci-fi I guess.

The opening scenes establish that the central character, Sheldon, (played by Fred Ward) is a man, who, for all his external bravado is in fact an unhappy, lonely, drifter who badly needs an escape to a better life. He meets his perfect match, Arlene, played appealingly by Cindy Williams. She sees through Sheldon's facade immediately. She catches him shoplifting in the Supermarket she works in and sees through him in an instant (Waylon Jennings wouldn't go in for shoplifting). Not that Arlene isn't lonely herself. Sheldon manages to seduce Arlene, intending to leave her afterwards. Despite his misgivings about her belief in flying saucers, he finds himself unable to move on.

As the other reviewers have said, the supporting cast is great as well. Harry Dean Stanton is great as the phony "Brother Bud", the hippy grocery packer, the "Colonel", etc etc.

An absolute gem.


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