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Fire in the Sky (1993)

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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For five days, a man was borrowed. The story that Travis Walton and five other witnesses told is so unbelievable, so unimaginable, that it has become the most famous case of UFO abduction ever recorded. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

12 March 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fuego en el cielo  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)


$20,100,000 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


There were actually a total of seven men in the logging crew. The writers whittled it down to six for the movie, not wishing to confuse the audience with too many characters. All seven men have passed lie detector tests, some of them twice. See more »


During the first scene in which the crew is escaping in the truck, in one shot, a dent on the right side is present. In following shots, the dent is gone. During the second escape scene, we see the side-swipe collision with a tree that makes the dent. See more »


[first lines]
Citizen: [truck just raced into parking lot] What the hell is that all about?
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References The Andy Griffith Show (1960) See more »


Blinded By Love
by Allen Toussaint
Performed by Johnny Winter
Courtesy of Columbia Records
by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Terrifying Climax
12 June 2006 | by (Manitoba, Canada) – See all my reviews

A terrifying climax highlights this portrayal of the alleged 1975 alien abduction of logger Travis Walton. Walton and fellow loggers were driving one night when, the story goes, they spotted a mysterious spacecraft hovering over head. When Walton is beamed aboard and declared missing for several days, nobody believes his friends, providing an interesting angle on the story. This element of the film is particularly effective in building up suspense. Where is Walton and what did he experience? A cast that includes D.B. Sweeney, Robert Patrick and Henry Thomas (Elliot from E.T.) deliver quality performances. It doesn't have the look or feel of a blockbuster (it wasn't one), but this is a classic example of an overlooked gem.

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