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Hangar 18 (1980)

Shortly after the launch of a satellite from a space shuttle the satellite collides with a UFO in front of the crew's eyes. Because of an election campaign some politicians try to hide the ... See full summary »

Director:

James L. Conway

Writers:

Ken Pettus (screenplay) (as Steven Thornley), Thomas C. Chapman (story) (as Tom Chapman) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Collins ... Steve Bancroft
Robert Vaughn ... Gordon Cain
James Hampton ... Lew Price
Philip Abbott ... Frank Morrison
Joseph Campanella ... Frank Lafferty
Pamela Bellwood ... Sarah Michaels
Tom Hallick ... Phil Cameron
Steven Keats Steven Keats ... Paul Bannister
William Schallert ... Professor Mills
Darren McGavin ... Harry Forbes
Cliff Osmond ... Sheriff Barlow
Andrew Bloch ... Neal Kelso
Stuart Pankin ... Sam Tate
Betty Ann Carr ... Flo Mattson
H.M. Wynant ... Flight Director
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Storyline

Shortly after the launch of a satellite from a space shuttle the satellite collides with a UFO in front of the crew's eyes. Because of an election campaign some politicians try to hide the crashed UFO -- inside hangar 18. Written by Kay Drangmeister <K.Drangmeister@insider.sub.de>

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A shocking story of government cover-up in space! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 1981 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Invasion Force See more »

Filming Locations:

Big Spring, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Sunn Classic Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film's title was the inspiration for a song by Megadeth which appears on their "Rust In Peace" album. See more »

Goofs

The interior of the spaceship is obviously bigger than its exterior would account for. See more »

Quotes

Frank Morrison: There are airplane crashes every day. Even at military bases.
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Alternate Versions

Aired on TV under the title _Invasion Force (1980)_, with a different ending. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Dead End (1985) See more »

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Righteous but lame effort.
20 July 2004 | by sarossellSee all my reviews

Let me start out by saying I like this movie. That being said, it would probably be best for me to mention the good points of this movie first because all two of them don't make up for the rest of the things that are wrong with it. Someone went to a lot of effort to design (or borrow?) the language and symbols of the aliens. The ship is covered with them inside. And there's a nice segue into actual ancient, mysterious landmarks on Earth.

It gets you thinking a little, which earns it an extra 1/2 point in my book. There are a couple of decent stunts, but sadly, the rest of the movie is lame. The soundtrack is that awful 70's transition stuff from television and the premise of the story is beyond far-fetched. The cinematography is lack-luster and nothing will effect your senses or emotions. They don't even attempt to comment on the details of how to move a large alien object without being seen. But at least they didn't parade it through town on the back of a truck under a tarp like in Flight of the Navigator. Security and contamination protocols were poorly researched if at all. Not one military security guard held a flashlight properly (like a club folks!) And the UFO was deemed safe before they even determined why it crashed or landed. Government agents in "covert" surveillance were painfully obvious and they wee somehow amazed that a couple of astronauts would know where the nearest appropriate facility would be located to store an alien ship! I give it a 2 1/2 out of 5. A Righteous but lame effort.


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