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Doin' Time on Planet Earth (1988)

Through a series of extraordinary circumstances, an eccentric teenager believes he may be the alien prince of a distant planet, ready to lead his brethren home.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicholas Strouse ...
Ryan Richmond
Lisa Winston
Virginia Camalier
Fred Richmond
Dan Forrester
Jeff Richmond
Edna Pinsly (as Candy Azzara)
Isabelle Walker ...
Jenny Camalier
Mary Richmond
Marilyn Richmond
Richard Camalier
Helium Balloon Saleslady
The Jock


Ryan Richmond is an eccentric teenager living with his mother, father, sister and brother in the Holiday Inn they own in Sunnyvale, Arizona, the prune capital of the world. Is it any wonder that he wants to go to Saudi Arabaia for college and leave Sunnyvale far, far behind? He spends his days at school with his sex-obsessed best friend Dan Forrester and lusts after Lisa Winston, the sexy lounge singer who his parents have hired to perform at the Holiday Inn. Stuck without a date for his brother's wedding to a senator's daughter, Ryan goes to a computer dating service, which asks him such questions as "Can you breathe foreign substances?" Soon, Ryan is told that he may be an alien stuck on Earth along with thousands of others. Soon, Charles and Edna Pinsky show up and tell him that he may an alien prince meant to lead his brethren home. And that's when things get out of control... Written by Kyle Palkowski

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A story of teenage alienation.


Comedy | Sci-Fi


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16 September 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Boltsi hukassa, pallo jalassa  »

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This was Timothy Patrick Murphy's final film before his death on December 6, 1988 at the age of 29. See more »


References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Had its moments
22 May 1999 | by See all my reviews

I have to disagree with the previous review of this movie; I thought it was okay. I saw it once or twice on cable a few years ago and was amused. The lounge singer, for example, I found to be funny (The "Stop in the name of love" scene was a riot) and the other characters in the movie were equally out there. This is one of those movies you can't take too seriously. I'm not saying it's a great movie, but you have to look at as an off the wall comedy.

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