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Unrated | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | TV Mini-Series (1983)
When aliens come to Earth to ask for our help, a few suspicious humans discover their horrific true intentions and prepare to resist.
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Jane Badler ...  Diana 2 episodes, 1983
Michael Durrell ...  Robert Maxwell 2 episodes, 1983
Faye Grant ...  Juliet Parrish 2 episodes, 1983
Peter Nelson ...  Brian 2 episodes, 1983
David Packer David Packer ...  Daniel Bernstein 2 episodes, 1983
Neva Patterson ...  Eleanor Dupres 2 episodes, 1983
Tommy Petersen Tommy Petersen ...  Josh Brooks 2 episodes, 1983
Marc Singer ...  Mike Donovan 2 episodes, 1983
Blair Tefkin Blair Tefkin ...  Robin Maxwell 2 episodes, 1983
Michael Wright ...  Elias Taylor 2 episodes, 1983
Bonnie Bartlett ...  Lynn Bernstein 2 episodes, 1983
Leonardo Cimino ...  Abraham Bernstein 2 episodes, 1983
Richard Herd ...  John 2 episodes, 1983
Evan C. Kim Evan C. Kim ...  Tony Wah Chong Leonetti 2 episodes, 1983
Richard Lawson ...  Dr. Ben Taylor 2 episodes, 1983
George Morfogen George Morfogen ...  Stanley Bernstein 2 episodes, 1983
Andrew Prine ...  Steven 2 episodes, 1983
Hansford Rowe ...  Arthur Dupres 2 episodes, 1983
Jenny Sullivan ...  Kristine Walsh 2 episodes, 1983
Penelope Windust ...  Kathleen Maxwell 2 episodes, 1983
Michael Alldredge ...  Bill Graham 2 episodes, 1983
Camila Ashland ...  Ruby Engels 2 episodes, 1983
Frank Ashmore ...  Martin 2 episodes, 1983
Jason Bernard ...  Caleb Taylor 2 episodes, 1983
Michael Bond Michael Bond ...  Officer Talbot 2 episodes, 1983
Rafael Campos ...  Sancho Gomez 2 episodes, 1983
Diane Cary ...  Harmony Moore 2 episodes, 1983
Viveka Davis ...  Polly Maxwell 2 episodes, 1983
Robert Englund ...  Willie 2 episodes, 1983
Ron Hajak Ron Hajak ...  Denny 2 episodes, 1983
Mary Alan Hokanson Mary Alan Hokanson ...  Ruth Barnes 2 episodes, 1983
David Hooks David Hooks ...  Dr. Rudolf Metz 2 episodes, 1983
Joanna Kerns ...  Marjorie Donovan 2 episodes, 1983
Jenny Neumann Jenny Neumann ...  Barbara 2 episodes, 1983
William Russ ...  Brad 2 episodes, 1983
Michael Swan ...  Officer Bob Briggs 2 episodes, 1983
Stephanie Faulkner Stephanie Faulkner ...  LA TV Studio Assistant Director 2 episodes, 1983
Tom Fuccello Tom Fuccello ...  Senator Raymond Burke 2 episodes, 1983
Wiley Harker ...  UN Secretary General 2 episodes, 1983
Dick Harwood Dick Harwood ...  LA TV Studio Director 2 episodes, 1983
Myron Healey ...  Arch Quinton 2 episodes, 1983
Bonnie Johns Bonnie Johns ...  Woman 2 episodes, 1983
Eric Johnston ...  Sean Donovan 2 episodes, 1983
Curt Lowens ...  Dr. Maurice Jankowski 2 episodes, 1983
Marin May Marin May ...  Katie Maxwell 2 episodes, 1983
Mike Monahan Mike Monahan ...  LA TV Studio Console Man 2 episodes, 1983
Jennifer Perito Jennifer Perito ...  Resistance Member 2 episodes, 1983
Clete Roberts ...  Newscaster 2 episodes, 1983
Nathan Roberts Nathan Roberts ...  LA TV Anchor 2 episodes, 1983
Howard K. Smith ...  Howard K. Smith 2 episodes, 1983
Robert Vandenberg Robert Vandenberg ...  Rebel Camp Leader 2 episodes, 1983
Momo Yashima Momo Yashima ...  High School Band Leader 2 episodes, 1983
Denny Miller ...  Visitor Trooper 2 episodes, 1983
Stack Pierce Stack Pierce ...  Visitor Captain 2 episodes, 1983
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Aliens pretending to be friendly come to Earth and are received openly. The aliens have disguised themselves to look just like humans. When it is discovered that the aliens' planet is dying and that they have come to rape the Earth of its natural resources, the war for Earth begins. An important key to the humans' success is distinguishing their own from who the aliens are. Written by Michael Silva <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu> with help

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The laser effects cost one thousand dollars each. The high cost was due to the lengthy post-production work of manually adding optical effects to the film. See more »

Goofs

A Resistance member says that cold-blooded animals are better adapted to cold weather. The opposite is true. If the Visitors where really cold-blooded, they couldn't survive in extreme cold as depicted in the movie. See more »

Quotes

[Abraham is hiding the Maxwell family in the pool house]
Stanley Bernstein: I really don't believe you brought them here.
Abraham Bernstein: They have nowhere to go. Their house is being watched now.
Stanley Bernstein: And so is ours! By Daniel! Tell them that we're sorry...
Abraham Bernstein: Stanley, you don't understand. They have to stay. They need a place to hide!
Stanley Bernstein: And why is that?
Abraham Bernstein: Because the father is a scientist.
Stanley Bernstein: And therefore suspect! And a fugitive, I take it, which would make them doubly dangerous.
Abraham Bernstein: They have to stay.
Stanley Bernstein: And I'm telling you to get them out, before I...
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To the heroism of the Resistance Fighters --past, present, and future-- this work is respectfully dedicated See more »

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Referenced in Dog Park (1998) See more »

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from Star Wars (1977)
Composed by John Williams
© 1977 Lucasfilm Ltd.
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The Invasion Will Be Televised
11 November 2009 | by timdalton007See all my reviews

If a ninety-nine out of a hundred science fiction films fall into being cliché ridden, one will stand out above the rest. V, in its original miniseries, would be one of those that stands above the rest. V is anything but your typical science fiction story of an alien invasion. It is a tale of a fascist (alien) takeover of our society and the resistance of a few in a society to it. As a result V, while a product of the technology and culture of the 1980's, is a timeless piece of science fiction.

One of the elements to V's success is its cast. Leading, so to speak, the cast of human characters are Marc Singer as cameraman Mike Donovan and Faye Grant as med-student turned rebel leader Julie Parrish. Both Singer and Grant give nice performances that, for the most part, come across as real people in extraordinary situations. In fact the performances of the entire cast be described by that last phrase as well ranging from the Maxwell family (Michael Durrell, Penelope Windust as the parents with Blair Tefkin, Viveka Davis and Marin May as their daughters) who find themselves persecuted to the point of joining the resistance much like the Taylor family (Jason Bernard, Richard Lawson and Michael Wright) to the Bernstein family (George Morfogen, Bonnie Bartlett) who find themselves torn between their Visitor friendly son Daniel (David Packer) and the Holocaust survivor grandfather Abraham (Leonardo Cimino). In fact the single best scene involves Abraham, who is wanting to hide the persecuted Maxwell's, reminding his son that this whole situation is all too familiar for the consequences of them not being hidden means "we haven't learned a thing". This is a scene that is not only well acted and well written but incredibly rare in your average science fiction story as well. There's also many other fine members of the cast including Neva Patterson (Donovan's mom), Evan Kim (Donovan's camera partner Tony), Jenny Sullivan (reporter turned Visitor spokeswoman Kristine Walsh) and Kristine Walsh (as Gardener turned rebel Sancho) amongst many others. The human side of the cast is just the tip of the iceberg though.

There's also a fine cast playing the alien "visitors" as well. They range from their seemingly benevolent leader John (played briefly and well by Richard Herd) to Andrew Prine as the authoritative Steven. Then there's the innocent abroad in the form of Robert Englund as Willie and the resistance from within the visitors themselves in the form of Frank Ashmore as Martin and Jenny Neumann as Barbara. Then there is Jane Badler as Diana, perhaps the most attractive and conniving of the alien visitors, who plays the role with a seriousness not usually found in this kind of role. Together they form one of the best, and definitely one of the most diverse, cast of alien invaders ever assembled.

V is also aided by fine work behind the camera. There's the cinematography of John McPherson especially the tracking shot of characters watching the first contact sequence and the scenes in the mother-ship. The production design in the form of the mother ship interiors are fine examples of science fiction sets. There's also the special effects work ranging from the excellent shots of mother-ships (a decade plus before Independence Day) to the aerial dogfight at the end which all work marvelously for the most part despite a very few shots which don't look quite finished. No review of V is complete without mentioned the fine prosthetic work of the miniseries which range from the Visitors true faces to some rather uncomfortable dining sequences. Last, but not least by any means, is the fine score by composer Joe Harnell which takes puts together classical music influences and choir in one of the most unusual and best scores produced for any science fiction television piece I have heard, especially for the opening and closing credits of any part. In short: strong production values go a long way.

To my mind V's ultimate success lies in the script and direction of Kenneth Johnson. V was originally conceived not as a science fiction tale of alien invasion but as the tale of a fascist takeover of the U.S which can still be found deeply embedded in the final product. In fact that is what separates V from many other alien invasion stories. V is about fascism, how people can be lured in by it, how far those in power will go to secure their position, how the average person will react and what happens when ordinary people stand up to resist it. There's also more then a few hints of Nazi Germany as well from the Swastika-like symbol of the Visitors to Friends of the Visitors youth groups (the Hitler Youth) and, before the miniseries is over with, a strong allegory with the Holocaust as well (see the miniseries to get it). Wisely Johnson also puts a fair (but not gratitude) amount of action in as well which helps to compliment the story and move it along. V is embedded in the technology and culture of the 1980's when it was made to sure but that doesn't date the story at all. Instead V becomes, like H.G. Welles War of the Worlds before it, a timeless tale of alien invasion and human resistance to it.

What makes V successful? Well it's large cast of fine actors, nice cinematography, good special effects work, excellent prosthetic work and fine score go along way. Yet the true success of V lies in its script and story. Why? Because ultimately V is not about spaceships and ray-guns but is about people and their reactions to the extraordinary events around them.


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