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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.

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... Charlie
... Dr. Sorensen
John F. Goff ... Jack Tiller (as John Goff)
Carol Irene Newell ... Jenny
... Hank (as Buck Flower)
Paul Bentzen ... Dr. Farrell
... Dr. Rogers
Ray Szmanda ... The Official
Lawrence Ripp ... The Guard (as Sir Lawrence Ripp)
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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It was a gift from the red planet ... Uncle Sam had the ultimate solution ... See more »

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$200,000 (estimated)
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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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References The Thing from Another World (1951) See more »

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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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Like watching paint dry.
13 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

This very slight "thriller" has flashes of inspiration visually, but is weighed down by less than stellar acting and a wretched script. The story concerns an organism recovered from a space probe that-get this- is being transported by train guarded by one man. The crate containing the organism is tampered with and before you know it, complications ensue. There's very little action and long stretches of corny dialog delivered in a leaden manner. I 'm not sure if the director intended this film to be a character study or a thriller, but either way, The Alpha Incident fails miserably. Saved from a no star rating by interesting photography and occasionally effective editing.


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