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Roswell (1994)

PG-13 | | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi | TV Movie 31 July 1994
Beginning at a 30-year reunion for members of a military nuclear bomb unit, flashbacks are presented that follow the attempts of Major Jesse Marcel to discover the truth about strange ... See full summary »

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Beginning at a 30-year reunion for members of a military nuclear bomb unit, flashbacks are presented that follow the attempts of Major Jesse Marcel to discover the truth about strange debris found on a local rancher's field in July of 1947. Told by his superiors that what he has found is nothing more than a downed weather balloon, Marcel maintains his military duty until the weight of the truth, however out of this world it may be, forces him to piece together what really occurred. Adapted from real-life events portrayed in the book _UFO Crash at Roswell_ by Kevin Randle and Donald Schmitt. Written by Rick Gregory <rag.apa@email.apa.org>

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The Pentagon Denied It Was A UFO. But One Man Knew Better Because He Was There.

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Roswell: The U.F.O. Cover-Up  »

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The film's on-screen credits contain the disclaimer: "This story is based upon certain actual events and persons. However, some of the characters, incidents and names are fictionalized." See more »

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Colonel Blanchard states that he almost became one of the pilots to drop Fat Man on Hiroshima Japan during World War II. Fat Man was dropped on Nagasaki. Little Boy was dropped on Hiroshima. See more »

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Townsend: You see physicists now speculate that it's unlikely these things
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Townsend: fly vast distances from other solar systems, but that they come from a place that's much closer and farther away. You see there may not be just one universe. Did you know that mathematicians now theorize there could be multi-verses, other dimensions that coexist with our own and that these beings have the technology to somehow just slip in and out?
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References Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) See more »

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Miller's Moonlight
Written by P. Dennis
Southern Library / ASCAP
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Conspiracy or fact? This film doesn't tell you.
17 April 1999 | by See all my reviews

Interesting, but rarely exciting look at the events surrounding Roswell - a New Mexican town plagued with rumour and notoriety ever since an apparent U.F.O. crashed there in 1947. Of course, this above-par TV movie plays around with the myths and conspiracy theory's put forward by crackpots and officials ever since.

Story is told from Jesse Marcel's (MacLachlan) point of view, a soldier with the U.S. Army back in '47 when the incident happened. Story also takes place in 1977, where Jesse (with his tired wife Kim Griest and sceptical son Doug Wert) is still searching for the truth.

Film uses intriguing and long flashback sequences to explain the events of '47. In these flashbacks, we are told how Jesse is with the team that finds the wreckage of a craft. He takes some of the material home, and finds it is nothing like anything made on Earth, but soon enough, he finds there has been a cover-up, and then finds out he has been made the scapegoat. The army come out with the explanation that is was a weather balloon, various reports go missing and people are unwilling to talk. Jesse's search for the truth starts here. Jump forward to '77 again, and Jesse is regarded as a crackpot as well - with even his own son is beginning to think he should give it up. However, Jesse manages to track down old soldiers, doctors and officials, who 30 years on, may now be willing to speak.

Roswell never really answers the questions it and many others have raised, but it is still an intriguing insight in to a significant incident that still raises arguments today. A top notch cast - including Martin Sheen as a government official - also helps.


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