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Fire in the Sky (1993)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Drama, Mystery  |  12 March 1993 (USA)
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An Arizona logger mysteriously disappears for five days in an alleged encounter with a flying saucer in 1975.



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This film recreates the strange events which happened on November 5, 1975 in the town Snowflake, Arizona. Travis Walton works as a logger in the White Mountains. When he and his colleagues drive home after work, they encounter a flying saucer. Travis gets out of the truck to learn more and is struck by a beam of light from the object. For the next five days, Travis disappears without a trace and his colleagues are accused of murder. When he reappears, first he didn't remember that he was gone, but in time, the terrible memories come back... Written by Peter W. Simeon <simeon@imdb.com>

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Alien abduction. November 5, 1975. White Mountains, Northeastern Arizona. Based on the true story.

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Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence | See all certifications »

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12 March 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fuego en el cielo  »

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$20,100,000 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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The real Travis Walton and Dana Walton make cameo appearances in the scene where the townspeople discuss what to do about Travis' disappearance. See more »


In the initial escape scene in the truck, the passenger side mirror re-appears on the truck after being torn off by a tree. See more »


[first lines]
Citizen: [truck just raced into parking lot] What the hell is that all about?
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Referenced in American Horror Story: Welcome to Briarcliff (2012) See more »


A Message of Murder
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Very scary, important metaphor
2 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Not much to say about this one, i really really liked it. The hour and a half prior to the money shot scene was worth the wait. I agree that this would be the best X-files episode ever if it were added to the series with Scully and Molder doing the investigating instead of the sheriff.

I didn't read all the comments but if mine proves useful at all, i have to say, the entire abduction scene was an accident. The writer and director were pressured by the studio to put it in. It's beyond me why they didn't want one at all. Tracy Thorne concocted the whole thing to have a message that went deeper than aliens. It goes a little something like "how would you feel if you were taken from your comfortable lifestyle with your own species and subjected to cruel experiments with no way of reasoning with your captors, being humiliated and borderline raped with no reason of why" sound a little like when you used a magnifying glass on a random ant? or like the experiments done to animals for research? if we cant co-exist with our planets own damn creatures than where's the logic in wondering about aliens? District 9 is a little less vague, but still a good example of human ignorance.

Best abduction movie to date! very scary, with a good message.

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