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January 1992 (USA) See more »
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Lily Tomlin ... Truby the Bag Lady / Agnus Angst / Kate / Brandy / Tina
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Clay Walker ... (uncredited)

Directed by
John Bailey 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jane Wagner 

Produced by
Paula Mazur .... producer
Ginny Nugent .... line producer
Original Music by
Jerry Goodman 
Alan Howarth 
Cinematography by
James Mathers 
Film Editing by
Sally Menke 
Art Direction by
Sonny King 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Virgil Widrich .... assistant director
Art Department
David Russell .... storyboard artist
Jim Halsband .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Andy D'Addario .... re-recording mixer
Kent Gibson .... re-recording mixer
Kent Gibson .... sound designer
Kent Gibson .... sound supervisor
Howard London .... adr mixer
Debby VanPoucke .... sound designer
Bill Wistrom .... supervising sound editor
Visual Effects by
Alexandra Menapace .... motion control graphics (as Rob Menapace)
Camera and Electrical Department
Dana Kilgore .... electrician
Jane O'Neal .... still photographer
Richard Walden .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Axel Hubert .... first assistant editor
Stephanie Lowry .... assistant editor
Julie Offer .... assistant editor
Music Department
Barry Dresner .... music consultant
Other crew
Steve Beeson .... production accountant

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe" - USA (orthographically correct title)
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120 min
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Did You Know?

Lily Tomlin won the 1986 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for "The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe" by Jane Wagner and recreated her performance for this filmed production. The original production opened on September 26, 1985 at the Plymouth Theatre, and ran for 391 performances.See more »


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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Title - 3 variations rather than 2, 29 June 2007
Author: Ruby Quincunx from United States

A brief note about the title. I watched it on a DVD distributed by (so it says on the DVD surface), rented from The title on the surface is The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe. I know this is not the original title; that the original title is intentionally misspelled. However, the opening credits of the video itself list it as The Search for Signs of Inteligint Life in the Universe. That is, the video's opening credits have the last vowel in 'intelligent' as an 'i', rather than an 'e', as IMDb has it. If this opening sequence is original to the production, not tacked on later, then IMDb's title is erroneous. I tried to add this variant at least as an alternate title, but it appears I lack the privileges to do this. So I've submitted this note. Should anybody who has the ability to make changes see this, please investigate further & make corrections as needed.

A bravura piece, by the way.

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