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UFO's Are Real (1979)

One of several 1970s documentaries on the subject of unidentified flying objects (UFO), supporting the view that Earth is visited regularly by extra-terrestrial engines and aliens.


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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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Credited cast:
Brandon Chase ...
Himself - Narrator (voice)
Wendelle Stevens ...
Himself - United States Air Force (Ret.) (as Lt. Colonel Wendelle Stevens)
Bruce Maccabee ...
Himself - US Navy Research Physicist (as Dr. Bruce Maccabee)
Lawrence Coyne ...
Himself - United States Army (Res) (as Lt. Colonel Lawrence Coyne)
Jesse Marcel ...
Himself - US Army Intelligence Officer (as Major Marcel) (credit only)
Travis Walton ...
Betty Hill ...
Marjorie Fish ...
Walter Mitchell ...
Himself - Professor of Astronomy
James Harder ...
Himself (as Professor James Harder)
Pat Roach ...
Edward Gelb ...
Himself - President, American Polygraph Association
Himself - Nuclear Physicist, UFO Expert
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Himself - US President (credit only)
Gordon Cooper ...
Himself - Astronaut (as Col. Gordon Gooper)


One of many 1970s UFO documentaries, this one features lots of still photos of alleged UFOs, some UFO motion picture footage, and the usual stock footage and images acquired from government and military sources. Among the many people interviewed are UFO researchers Stanton Friedman and Ted Phillips, UFO abductees Betty Hill and Travis Walton, optical physicist Bruce Maccabee, and retired U.S. military officers Jesse Marcel and Wendelle Stevens. The documentary supports the view that alien visitors regularly come to Earth and have perhaps done so for centuries. Written by JHC3

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We dare you not to believe after you've seen... UFO'S ARE REAL








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November 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Flying Saucers Are Real!  »

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When discussing J. Edgar Hoover, a building is shown with the caption "F.B.I. Headquarters." The building shown is the U.S. Supreme Court building. See more »


References The UFO Incident (1975) See more »

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Much Better Than It Deserved To Be
31 May 2005 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

Though the production budget looks extremely limited, and the narration is a bit ripe, this still manages to be an interesting and informative (and even a bit creepy) documentary on the UFO phenomenon up to the late seventies. In other words, it succeeds despite itself. It does suffer from a bit too much pomposity now and then (note the frequent questioning by the narrator: "Could this be proof of...", "Is this evidence of...", and so on). But it does have in its favor a significant amount of UFO still and movie footage, not to mention in-depth interviews with Betty Hill, Travis Walton and several people involved with the Roswell incident. Highly recommended as a primer for those just starting out in their search to find "what's out there".

NOTE: The link to Amazon is misleading. While an interesting and more up-to-date report on the UFO phenomenon (and also featuring Dr. Stanton Friedman), the "Flying Saucers Are Real" DVD/VHS contains only a few minutes of footage from "UFOs Are Real". The "UFOs Are Real" VHS is likely long out-of-print since it was first released in the 80s, but you're still better off trying to find an old copy if you can.

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