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Earthbound (1981)

PG  |   |  Family, Sci-Fi, Comedy  |  30 January 1981 (USA)
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A family of space aliens crash lands on Earth when their spaceship conks out.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ned Anderson
Christopher Connelly ...
Joseph Campanella ...
Marc Gilpin ...
Todd Porter ...
Tommy Anderson
Mindy Dow ...
Elissa Leeds ...
Peter Isacksen ...
Sheriff De Rita
Joey Forman ...
Jesse Bennett ...
Gold Rush man #2
Daryl Bingham ...


Originally meant to be the pilot for a hopeful new TV series, meant to follow the adventures of a family of aliens trapped on Earth, and the two Earthlings they live with. This pilot opens with a boy and his grandfather struggling to keep their hotel in business. When a UFO passes over the town and crashes nearby, the pair decide to stay home while the rest of the townspeople go investigate. Shortly afterwards, an alien family staggers out of the woods asking for protection from both the mob of civillians and the government agents searching for them. Granddad and grandson agree, disguising the aliens as humans and teaching them how to blend in on Earth. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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A very spacey comedy


Family | Sci-Fi | Comedy


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30 January 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Endstation Planet Erde  »

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Burl Ives Conquers the Martians....
15 August 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

No, actually, this isn't as bad a film as most people let on. Surprisingly, since this was released by the same people who brought us "Hangar 18" and "In Search of Noah's Ark".

Not exactly a good omen.

But with this tale of a stranded alien family, complete with a chimpanzee spray-painted green (ah, the sacrifices of art), trying to adapt to Earthling ways with the help of kindly old Burl Ives, it's actually a kind of meat-headed feel-good movie geared for the younger crowd. And it works well in that regard.

At least it knows when to go for the laughs. This is the only kind of movie in this genre I know of that ends with the line, "A green monkey ate my light bulb!"

Gotta love it.

Seven stars.

If the rental place is out of "ET", try "Earthbound".

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