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Alien from L.A. (1988)

A nerdy teen-age girl goes looking for her missing archaeologist father, and stumbles into a strange subterranean civilization.

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Albert Pyun

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Debra Ricci, Sandra Berg (as Regina Davis) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kathy Ireland ... Wanda Saknussemm
William R. Moses ... Guten 'Gus' Edway
Richard Haines ... Professor Saknussemm
Don Michael Paul ... Robbie
Thom Mathews ... Charmin'
Janie du Plessis Janie du Plessis ... General Rykov / Shank / Claims Officer
Simon Poland ... Consul Triton Crassus / Mailman
Linda Kerridge ... Roeyis Freki / Auntie Pearl
Kristen Trucksess Kristen Trucksess ... Stacy
Lochner de Kock Lochner de Kock ... Professor Ovid Galba / Paddy Mahoney
Deep Roy ... Mambino
Albert Maritz Albert Maritz ... Mago / Maintenance Worker / Evangelist / Pack Slag Jack
Russel Savadier Russel Savadier ... Loki
Denis Smith Denis Smith ... Anchorman
James Lithgow James Lithgow ... Donaldson / Wrestling Announcer / Emcee
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Storyline

Wanda is a shy plain girl with a very boring life. When her father, an archaeologist, disappears on an expedition, she flies out to look for him. She ends up in an underground world, where no one believes in a surface world. Except for the secret police, who think she and her fathers are spies. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Tinseltown Was No Comparison To The Underground. See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | South Africa

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 February 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wanda See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Golan-Globus Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Like many movie "teenagers," Kathy Ireland was actually in her mid-twenties when this was produced. See more »

Goofs

Kathy Ireland briefly loses her squeaky voice when she's doped up on the table. She laughs and says in a deeper voice (probably her real one), "You think I'm an alien?" See more »

Quotes

Wanda Saknussemm: Bitchin' left hook, Crassus!
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Crazy Credits

Interspersed during the credits is the Anchorman, giving reports about Wanda's existence (or lack thereof) as he gets conflicting reports from Crassus and Rykov. See more »

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Referenced in Deceit (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

State of the Heart
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MST3K is the better choice...
17 February 2006 | by sethn172See all my reviews

And the title says it all: a cheesy sounding title that is a cheesy sounding joke of a film known as "Alien from L.A." Why not just call it "Alien from South Africa," as this is the place where this movie was filmed? My advice for watching movies that have been featured on "Mystery Science Theater 3000:" do not watch the original version of the movie at all! Period! Always watch the movie with the theater shadow at the bottom of the screen, with a man trapped in space with his two funny, wise-cracking robot friends sitting at the lower right hand corner of the screen. It just seems better that way.

Movie as it was originally seen: Awful! Movie as it was seen on MST3K: Genius!


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