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Alien from L.A. (1988)

A nerdy teen-age girl goes looking for her missing archaeologist father, and stumbles into a strange subterranean civilization.

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Guten 'Gus' Edway
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Professor Saknussemm
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Robbie
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Charmin'
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Wanda is a shy plain girl with a very boring life. When her father, an archaeologist, disappears on an expedition, she flies out to look for him. She ends up in an underground world, where no one believes in a surface world. Except for the secret police, who think she and her fathers are spies. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Like many movie "teenagers," Kathy Ireland was actually in her mid-twenties when this was produced. See more »

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Kathy Ireland briefly loses her squeaky voice when she's doped up on the table. She laughs and says in a deeper voice (probably her real one), "You think I'm an alien?" See more »

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Wanda Saknussemm: Bitchin' left hook, Crassus!
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Crazy Credits

Interspersed during the credits is the Anchorman, giving reports about Wanda's existence (or lack thereof) as he gets conflicting reports from Crassus and Rykov. See more »

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Followed by Journey to the Center of the Earth (1988) See more »

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State of the Heart
Written by James Saad, Anthony Riparetti and Steve LeGassick
Performed by Donna DeLory (as Donna Eve DeLory)
Produced by Drock
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Kathy Ireland Journeys to the Center of the Earth!
3 November 2000 | by (The Beach) – See all my reviews

Campy spoof combining elements of 'Journey to the Center of the Earth,' 'Indiana Jones,' exploitation B-movies of the 60's, and apocalyptic science fiction movies of the 80's. Kathy Ireland is so bizarre in the role of an explorer following in the footsteps of her famous father (as in 'Journey to the Center of the Earth' no less) it's like watching a car accident. You just have to watch though you know it's wrong...oh so wrong. (Apparently popular enough to warrant a sequel that actual takes the title of Jules Verne's classic, "Journey to the Center of the Earth." There are many versions with that title but only one features a cameo return by Kathy Ireland.) "Alien from L.A." is what they used to refer to as "Saturday afternoon matinee" or "popcorn movie" and is better than the sequel only because when "Alien" runs out of steam they strip Kathy down to a bikini top to finish out the movie. Nice trick. Worked for me.


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