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Xtro (1982)

A man who was abducted by aliens returns to his family three years later, but his presence affects them negatively.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Philip Sayer ... Sam Phillips
... Rachel Phillips
Danny Brainin ... Joe Daniels
... Analise Mercier
Simon Nash ... Tony Phillips
Peter Mandell ... Clown
David Cardy ... Michael
Anna Wing ... Mrs. Goodman
... Doctor
Katherine Best ... Jane
Robert Pereno ... Ben
Sean Crawford ... Commando (as Tok)
Tim Dry ... Monster (as Tik)
Susie Silvey ... Woman in Cottage
Arthur Whybrow ... Mr. Knight
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Tony's father Sam, abducted by aliens three years earlier, returns to earth and seeks out his wife and son, but Rachel has since been living with Joe and the reunion is awkward. Joe doesn't trust Sam, and Rachel can't quite decide what her feelings are for her two men. Sam is not the same as when he left, and he begins affecting Tony in frightening ways. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Some extra-terrestrials aren't friendly. See more »

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7 January 1983 (USA)  »

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Film debut of Maryam d'Abo. See more »

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In the prologue, Tony and Sam are seen together before Sam's abduction. The movie then fast forwards to three years later. Despite this, Tony doesn't seem to have aged at all. He still looks the same age throughout the whole movie. See more »

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Referenced in The Hunt for the House on Cuckoo Lane (2011) See more »

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Cheap and vulgar but fun to watch
29 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

XTRO is one low budget flick. So low it's almost breathtaking that they actually finished it and released it to theaters.

The film itself is somewhat vulgar and unpleasant (the low budget quality doesn't help...) but even with the unpleasant aspects of it all, the film is fun to watch because it's so wonky and bizarre that it's impossible to stop looking at it. And the cheap synth music, coupled with the UFO storyline and the odd looking alien all give the film a unique otherworldly feel to it that's more effective than 99% of big budgeted films made in Hollywood. If early David Cronenberg had directed an alien movie, it probably would have looked something like XTRO.

But even all of its good aspects don't hide the fact that the film doesn't make much sense and the acting and dialogue are, for the most part, bad. But if you're a fan of films about UFOs like me, make sure to check this film out.


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