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Earthbound (1981)

A family of space aliens crash lands on Earth when their spaceship conks out.

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... Ned Anderson
... Zef
... Lara
... Conrad
Marc Gilpin ... Dalem
Todd Porter ... Tommy Anderson
Mindy Dow ... Rosie
Elissa Leeds ... Teva
Peter Isacksen ... Willy
... Sheriff De Rita
... Madden
... Sweeney
... Dave
Jesse Bennett ... Gold Rush Man #2
Daryl Bingham ... Pudge
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A spaceship carrying a middle-class alien family breaks down over a small town in America, and the "space window" allowing the aliens to return home will disappear in a few hours. Parents, Zef and Lara, their children, Dalem and Teva, and their green chimpanzee hide the spaceship at the bottom of a lake while they search for the special metal necessary to repair it. However, Conrad, an agent with the Federal Space agency, enlists local Sheriff DeRita and his deputy Sweeney to find the spaceship and capture the aliens. Although their chimpanzee is green and eats light bulbs, the alien family looks human, and Ned Anderson, a kind hotel keeper, and his orphaned grandson, Tommy, offer refuge to the family. The aliens have special powers, including the ability to make themselves invisible, which allows them to outwit their pursuers and help Anderson and Tommy with their problems. Written by Larry B.

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A very spacey comedy

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Family | Sci-Fi | Comedy

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30 January 1981 (USA)  »

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Endstation Planet Erde  »

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Produced as a made-for-TV pilot for a proposed TV series, but after network interest fell through, it was released theatrically as a feature film. See more »

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Corny, but not dislikable.
31 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

Corny sci-fi about a family of aliens (they look A LOT like us humans) who find themselves stranded on Earth, chased by the usual government officials, protected by an old man and his orphaned grandson. Strictly kid's stuff, but it has some appeal. The effects are mostly of the "well, at least you can't see the strings" variety, but the film is still interesting as a precursor to "E.T". For a somewhat similar flick that will really surprise you, try "D.A.R.Y.L". (**)


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