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Wavelength (1983)

Two young lovers learn that a small group of child-like space aliens are marooned on Earth and are being held prisoner at a top secret military facility. The couple then decide to liberate ... See full summary »

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Mike Gray
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Carradine ... Bobby Sinclair
Cherie Currie ... Iris Longacre
Keenan Wynn ... Dan
Cal Bowman Cal Bowman ... Gen. Milton Ward
James Hess James Hess ... Col. James MacGruder
Terry Burns Terry Burns ... Capt. Hinsdale
Eric Morris ... Dr. Vernon Cottrell
Bob Mclean ... Dr. Benjamin Stern (as Bob McLean)
Eric Heath Eric Heath ... Dr. Sidey
Robert Glaudini ... Dr. Wolf
George Petrie ... Dr. Savianno (as George O. Petrie)
George Skaff George Skaff ... Gen. Hunt
Milt Kogan ... Chief Pathologist
Dov Young Dov Young ... Gamma
Josh Oreck ... Beta (as Joshua Oreck)
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Two young lovers learn that a small group of child-like space aliens are marooned on Earth and are being held prisoner at a top secret military facility. The couple then decide to liberate the extraterrestrial castaways and help them make a rendezvous with a rescue ship sent from the alien home planet. Written by Patrick D. Rockwell <prockwell@thegrid.net>

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Two weeks ago they landed on Earth. Today beneath a major American city the experiments begin. See more »

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Sci-Fi | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alien Terror See more »

Filming Locations:

Yuma, Arizona, USA See more »

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Mono

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Color
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Project Camelot whistleblower 'Henry Deacon' (pseudonym) has stated on record that a considerable portion of the film's storyline was based on actual events that he had personally witnessed or knew about. When Project Camelot co-founder Kerry Cassidy phoned director and scriptwriter Mike Gray to ask him about this, Gray replied that he every now and then he had received phone calls from people asking him "how come he knew all this had happened". Mike Gray told Kerry Cassidy that he had come up with the storyline when driving one day down the Pacific Coast Highway, on his own, with no influence or suggestion from anyone else. See more »

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Approximate 23:30 wen the Air Force Officer is explaining how the main characters entered the facility, Boom Mic is visible on the upper left corner of the scene. See more »

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References Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) See more »

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Ever Dawn
Performed by Robert Carradine
Written by Robert Carradine
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"WAVELENGTH" a worthwhile effort, not a rip-off.
26 January 2002 | by johnmorghenSee all my reviews

After viewing this film for the first time (and with an open mind), I feel the need to defend it against the general naysayers who condemn it, claiming that it is nothing but a rip-off. Unfortunately, this film has just about been buried by several bad reviews, and the fact that "E.T." was released just prior to this film, didn't help it, either.

The fact is, it's nearly 20 years down the line, and people are still comparing it to "E.T.". I certainly don't feel that this is a rip-off of "E.T.", nor do I feel that it bears much resemblance. It may be true that this film was made with the intent to cash in on the alien/science-fiction trend of that period, but then again, when doesn't that happen in Hollywood? If we are going to compare films about extra-terrestrials, then this one ranks more closely to Steven Spielberg's earlier accomplishment, "CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND".

Overall, I enjoyed this film. Robert Carradine and Cherrie Currie (of The Runaways fame) turn in some solid performances, which rise above most films of this caliber. Keenan Wynn, reprising his usual stubborn old man role, is always worth watching. Tangerine Dream provides the music for the film, and as usual, their score is especially effective, and works best in the most critical areas.

One has to appreciate the intelligence that the film has, which clearly indicates that this was not just another "hatchet-job" rushed effort, that some would suspect.

The end result is, by no means, tremendous. But, this film is extremely underrated, and is at the very least, worthwhile entertainment.

If you get a chance, give it a shot.


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