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Director:
Writers:
Bill Condon (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
16 September 1983 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Of all the worlds in all the galaxies...why did they pick this one? See more »
Plot:
Charlie's ex-wife disappears, and he travels to where she grew up--a rural town in the Midwest--to look for her... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 6 nominations See more »
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Really liked it as an homage. See more (24 total) »

Cast

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Paul Le Mat ... Charles Bigelow

Nancy Allen ... Betty Walker

Diana Scarwid ... Margaret

Michael Lerner ... Willie Collins

Louise Fletcher ... Mrs. Benjamin

Wallace Shawn ... Earl
Fiona Lewis ... Waitress / Avon Lady

Kenneth Tobey ... Arthur Newman

June Lockhart ... Mrs. Bigelow

Charles Lane ... Prof. Hollister
Lulu Sylbert ... Elizabeth
Joel Cohen ... Tim

Dan Shor ... Teen Boy in Prologue

Dey Young ... Teen Girl in Prologue

Jack Kehler ... Gas Station Attendant

Mark Goddard ... Detective

Thomas Kopache ... State Trooper
Bobby Pickett ... Editor
Connie Kellers ... Connie
Nancy Johnson ... Stewardess #1
Betsy Pickering ... Stewardess #2
Jonathan Ulmer ... Room Service Waiter
Ron Gillham ... First Alien
Al Roberts ... Man in Dark Glasses
Edwina Follows ... Nurse
Patti Medwid ... Room Service Waitress
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bill Condon ... (uncredited)
George Hollo ... Student (uncredited)
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Directed by
Michael Laughlin 
 
Writing credits
Bill Condon (screenplay) (as William Condon) &
Michael Laughlin (screenplay)

Bill Condon (story) (as William Condon) &
Michael Laughlin (story) and
Walter Halsey Davis (story) (as Walter Davis)

Produced by
Walter Coblenz .... producer
Joel Cohen .... associate producer
Richard Moore .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
John Addison 
 
Cinematography by
Louis Horvath (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
John W. Wheeler 
 
Production Design by
Susanna Moore 
 
Art Direction by
Emad Helmy 
Mischa Petrow 
 
Set Decoration by
Gustave Meunier  (as Gus Meunier)
 
Costume Design by
Susanna Moore 
 
Makeup Department
Ken Brooke .... makeup artist
Barbara Guedel .... makeup artist: Nancy Allen
Strange Invadors .... prosthetic makeup artist
James Keeler .... hair stylist
Barbie Palmer .... prosthetic and special effects makeup
Barbie Palmer .... prosthetics makeup artist
Bill Sturgeon .... creature effects crew
Brian Wade .... special makeup effects artist
James Cummins .... special makeup effects designer (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Larry Benson .... production executive
Peter A. Runfolo .... production manager
Marilyn Stonehouse .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edwina Follows .... third assistant director
Christopher Griffin .... second assistant director
Alan Hopkins .... first assistant director
David McLeod .... second assistant director
David Shepherd .... first assistant director
James Cummins .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Dan Conley .... property master
Perri Gorrara .... trainee art director
Robert James .... assistant set decorator
Angelo Luezzi .... property master (as Angelo Leuzzi)
David Moon .... scenic artist
Walter Woloszczuk .... assistant props
 
Sound Department
Lon Bender .... supervising sound designer
Sandy Berman .... supervising sound editor
Neil Brody .... sound re-recording mixer
John Fundus .... boom operator
Herb Heritage .... boom operator
Peter Ilardi .... sound mixer
Michael Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
Linda Murphy .... recordist
Lauren Palmer .... dialogue editor
Jonathan Rosen .... special sound effects
Peter Shewchuk .... sound mixer
Robert Thirlwell .... sound re-recording mixer
Bob Newlan .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Lawrence E. Benson .... special effects
Luc Champagne .... alien effects
Martin Coblenz .... special effects
James Cummins .... special effects
Stephan Dupuis .... special effects
Emad Helmy .... special effects: space vehicles
Kenneth Jones .... special effects
Martin Malivoire .... special effects
Louise Mignault .... alien effects
John Muto .... special effects
Barbara Palmer .... alien effects
Margaret Prentice .... alien effects (as Margaret Bessara)
Robert Skotak .... special effects
Bill Sturgeon .... alien effects
Brian Wade .... alien effects
Neil Trifunovich .... special effects on-set technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Christopher S. Baird .... visual effects
Chuck Comisky .... visual effects producer
Judith Evans .... visual effects
Eric Luke .... visual effects
Guy Marsden .... visual effects
Charlie McDanald .... visual effects
John Muto .... visual effects designer
Mark M. Pompian .... visual effects
Ted Rae .... visual effects
Dennis Skotak .... visual effects consultant
Robert Skotak .... visual effects consultant
Dan Smith .... visual effects
Jay Roth .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Davidson .... third grip (as John Davidson Jr.)
Tony Eldridge .... best boy
Ron Gillham .... key grip
Glen Goodchild .... second grip
Craig Haagensen .... first assistant camera
Chris Holmes .... gaffer
Sam Hughes .... lamp operator
Jay Kohne .... second assistant camera
Gordon Langevin .... first assistant camera
Herb Reischl Sr. .... generator operator (as Herb Reischl)
Robert Saad .... camera operator (as Bob Saad)
Shin Sugino .... still photographer
Ronald Vidor .... camera operator
Zoltan Vidor .... cinematographer: New York unit
James B. Wood .... fourth grip (as James Wood)
Catharine Bushnell .... still photographer: New York (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Ellen Chenoweth .... casting consultant
Linda Francis .... casting consultant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Linda Matheson .... wardrobe
Mary McCready .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Florence Williamson .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Ken Wilhoit .... music editor
Dan Wallin .... score mixer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Jim Kennedy .... driver captain
 
Other crew
Michael Brownstone .... location manager
Claudia Duffy .... assistant to producer
Prudence Emery .... unit publicist
Alice Ferrier .... production coordinator
Diane Foti .... location consultant
Melissa Goddard .... production assistant
Edythe Hall .... accountant
Ken Jones .... technical director
Declan Kavanaugh .... production coordinator
Dena Maheras .... production assistant
Blanche McDermaid .... script supervisor
Andrea Poulis .... secretary
Daria Price .... script supervisor
Jane Raab .... production office coordinator
Pattee Roedig .... bond representative
David Skutch .... production assistant
William C. Snyder .... production accountant
Henry J. Golas .... alien effects unit (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Joe Beserra .... special thanks
Jules Plourde .... special thanks
 

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UK:92 min
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Trivia:
A photograph of Steven Spielberg, famous at the time this film was released for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), is seen in a file of photos of aliens at the Center for UFO Studies.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: As Willie starts down the stairs behind the church altar, he suddenly has a lighted cigar in his mouth.See more »
Quotes:
Betty Walker:Now that we're past this awkward 'getting to know you' phase, let me buy you a drink. Well, come back tomorrow - maybe we can find this photograph.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Oklahoma! (1955)See more »
Soundtrack:
My Special AngelSee more »

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Really liked it as an homage., 10 June 2011
Author: Boba_Fett1138 from Groningen, The Netherlands

Seems that the foremost reason why this movie isn't much appreciated is because most people don't seem to understand that this movie is being an homage to the science-fiction movies from the '50's. As an homage this movie is really a quite good one, surprisingly. So, all of those silly and sloppy moments, that weak story and unusual camera handling and editing was all intentional. The creators did a good job at recreate the same sort of style and atmosphere but at the same time also manage to place it in the modern world and time of 1983. I liked some of the subtle and nice touches in the movie, that were a nod and throwback to the '50's genre movies. Those who are a bit familiar with that period of genre movies will most likely be able to appreciate this movie. But a good homage of course doesn't make a great movie as well. No, in the end this movie will certainly not make any of my favorite lists but the movie remains a good enough one to watch. The movie fails to make a lasting impression, also because it's an obvious low budget one, so it's lacking in any big spectacular moments. Also the story isn't' that much special and basically is like a whole bunch of other science-fiction movies thrown together but then again, also those movies from the '50's never really featured a great or original script and to be fair, they weren't always that much good as movies. So in that regard this movie also pays perfectly homage to that and I don't think it ever was the film-makers goal and aim to make a spectacular and classic genre movie. They just wanted to have fun, paying homage to the movies they love and with this movie they also give the viewers, that understand this, some good fun to watch as well. 7/10

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