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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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The people at the center of the earth are about to get a visitor. See more »


Certificate:

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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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The background music that plays when Wanda and Gus first meet is an almost note for note recreation of "Yoda's theme" by John Williams. Most likely the original music was used as a temp track during the editing process and the composers were encouraged to create a similar theme. 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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Once Upon a Time
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Cult 1980's film for a niche audience
24 May 2003 | by KatatoniaSee all my reviews

I really like Alien From L.A. Maybe It's because I like Kathy Ireland's sweet little voice? They used to show this on HBO & Showtime in the early 1990's.

Sure, Alien From L.A. is a complete fantasy and way over the top but it has a certain charm to it that i really love. It truly has that Roger Corman B-Movie "cult atmosphere" going for it. Personally i would not change a thing about the movie. It is so much better than similar types of films released in the last few years.

Most people probably don't like this film because it seems so unrealistic. I think that it was really meant to be satirical comedy, and only a limited percentage of viewers will actually "get" it.

Hopefully it will be released on DVD sometime in the near future, as it is rumored to be!


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