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Wavelength (1983)

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Bobby Sinclair
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Iris Longacre
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Dan
Cal Bowman ...
Gen. Milton Ward
James Hess ...
Col. James MacGruder
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Capt. Hinsdale
Eric Morris ...
Dr. Vernon Cottrell
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Dr. Benjamin Stern (as Bob McLean)
Eric Heath ...
Dr. Sidey
Robert Glaudini ...
Dr. Wolf
George Petrie ...
Dr. Savianno (as George O. Petrie)
George Skaff ...
Gen. Hunt
Milt Kogan ...
Chief Pathologist
Dov Young ...
Gamma
Josh Oreck ...
Beta (as Joshua Oreck)
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Two young lovers learn that a small group of child-like space aliens are marooned on Earth and are being held prisoner at a top secret military facility. The couple then decide to liberate the extraterrestrial castaways and help them make a rendezvous with a rescue ship sent from the alien home planet. Written by Patrick D. Rockwell <prockwell@thegrid.net>

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alien | independent film

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The alien terror is here on Earth! Two weeks ago THEY landed on Earth. Today beneath a major American city the experiments begin.

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16 September 1983 (USA)  »

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Kahlittu kauhu  »

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Approximate 23:30 wen the Air Force Officer is explaining how the main characters entered the facility, Boom Mic is visible on the upper left corner of the scene. See more »

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References Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) See more »

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Ever Dawn
Performed by Robert Carradine
Written by Robert Carradine
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"WAVELENGTH" a worthwhile effort, not a rip-off.
26 January 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After viewing this film for the first time (and with an open mind), I feel the need to defend it against the general naysayers who condemn it, claiming that it is nothing but a rip-off. Unfortunately, this film has just about been buried by several bad reviews, and the fact that "E.T." was released just prior to this film, didn't help it, either.

The fact is, it's nearly 20 years down the line, and people are still comparing it to "E.T.". I certainly don't feel that this is a rip-off of "E.T.", nor do I feel that it bears much resemblance. It may be true that this film was made with the intent to cash in on the alien/science-fiction trend of that period, but then again, when doesn't that happen in Hollywood? If we are going to compare films about extra-terrestrials, then this one ranks more closely to Steven Spielberg's earlier accomplishment, "CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND".

Overall, I enjoyed this film. Robert Carradine and Cherrie Currie (of The Runaways fame) turn in some solid performances, which rise above most films of this caliber. Keenan Wynn, reprising his usual stubborn old man role, is always worth watching. Tangerine Dream provides the music for the film, and as usual, their score is especially effective, and works best in the most critical areas.

One has to appreciate the intelligence that the film has, which clearly indicates that this was not just another "hatchet-job" rushed effort, that some would suspect.

The end result is, by no means, tremendous. But, this film is extremely underrated, and is at the very least, worthwhile entertainment.

If you get a chance, give it a shot.


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