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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 »


Mike Gray


Mike Gray




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)


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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The Alien Terror is here on Earth! See more »


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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 »


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 »


References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


All I Know for Sure
Performed by Robert Carradine
Written by Robert Carradine and Tony Berg
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Alien Syndrome
21 December 2016 | by sol-See all my reviews

An unemployed musician and his psychic girlfriend stumble on a government conspiracy involving experiments on child-like aliens in this sci-fi themed paranoia thriller from 'China Syndrome' screenwriter Mike Gray. The film is powered through by a perfectly brooding Tangerine Dream music score and haunting sound effects and Robert Carradine makes for a sympathetic lead. The choice to have young boys play the decades-old aliens works very well too; there are some great sequences in which they travel through the city with childhood wonderment in their eyes and yet adult restraint, content to just observe. The midsection of the film is nevertheless rather weak as focus turns away from Carradine and the aliens to focus on government figures debating what to do. This departure serves a purpose as it highlights how there are no real antagonists in the tale: all the government want to do is learn about these creatures and prevent panic in the general public, however, the government figures never make for interesting characters. The film also has some irksome narration to begin with but thankfully this soon disappears. 'Wavelength' might not be a perfect motion picture, but it is very well crafted as far as low to medium budget science fiction films go, and its descent into obscurity over the years is sad but understandable. Critics of the film are all too eager to jump on its similarities to 'E.T.' and 'Starman', but this is a film that deserves to be judged on its own terms - especially since it was written before 'E.T.' and released before 'Starman' came out!

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16 September 1983 (USA) See more »

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Alien Terror See more »

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Yuma, Arizona, USA See more »

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