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The Alpha Incident (1978)

PG | | Sci-Fi | 24 May 1978 (USA)
A microorganism from Mars, brought to Earth by a space probe, terrorizes passengers in a railroad office.

Director:

Bill Rebane

Writer:

Ingrid Neumayer (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ralph Meeker ... Charlie
Stafford Morgan ... Dr. Sorensen
John F. Goff John F. Goff ... Jack Tiller (as John Goff)
Carol Irene Newell Carol Irene Newell ... Jenny
George 'Buck' Flower ... Hank (as Buck Flower)
Paul Bentzen Paul Bentzen ... Dr. Farrell
John Alderman ... Dr. Rogers
Ray Szmanda Ray Szmanda ... The Official
Lawrence Ripp Lawrence Ripp ... The Guard (as Sir Lawrence Ripp)
Harry Youstos Harry Youstos ... Alvin (as Harry Youstes)
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A microorganism from Mars, brought to Earth by a space probe, terrorizes passengers in a railroad office.

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So horrifyingly close to the truth, it will blow your mind! See more »

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Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gift from a Red Planet See more »

Filming Locations:

Gleason, Wisconsin, USA

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Color:

Color
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The helicopter seen in this production is a rather rare Hughes 300 also known as the Hughes 269. For the US military these were named the TH-55 Osage. The maiden flight was in October 1956 and production ceased in 1983. See more »

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Soundtracks

The Gift
Lyrics by Dale Kuippers (as Dale Kuipers), Bill Rebane
Music by Tom Barnet
Sung by Deanna Wynand and Don Lasee and The Ramblin Fever Band
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Low budget Andromeda Strain, interesting story and worth seeing...
2 January 2006 | by rixrexSee all my reviews

This is available on a double feature Eastwest DVD with Rebane's 2cnd best film, CAPTURE OF BIGFOOT. One reason these two are his best is that he is working here with unknown actors who are putting in commendable efforts, rather than has-been celebrities who are walking through their roles (well, except that Ralph Meeker is here and does a good job). This one is a bit better than CAPTURE mainly because of the interesting storyline involving a odd virus/enzyme micro-organism from space which infects earth life forms and causes a hideous death only when the infected are at sleep, the type of death I won't give away, but it is pretty gruesome. Much more intellectually challenging than any of his other films, I just wish there had been a bigger budget, and some script holes needed filling. Still, for those who like literate sci-fi (relatively speaking) and enjoy things like 1950s Quatermass films, this will be fine. Effects are nearly on par with the Quatermass films too, though 20 years later. And so what if the ending is taken from Night of the Living Dead? What hasn't been stolen from that gem by loads of filmmakers?


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