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Doin' Time on Planet Earth (1988)

Through a series of extraordinary circumstances, an eccentric teenager believes he may be the alien prince of a distant planet, ready to lead his brethren home.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicholas Strouse ... Ryan Richmond
... Lisa Winston
... Virginia Camalier
... Charles Pinsky
... Fred Richmond
... Dan Forrester
... Jeff Richmond
... Edna Pinsly (as Candy Azzara)
Isabelle Walker ... Jenny Camalier
... Mary Richmond
... Marilyn Richmond
... Richard Camalier
... Minister
... Helium Balloon Saleslady
... The Jock


Ryan Richmond is an eccentric teenager living with his mother, father, sister and brother in the Holiday Inn they own in Sunnyvale, Arizona, the prune capital of the world. Is it any wonder that he wants to go to Saudi Arabaia for college and leave Sunnyvale far, far behind? He spends his days at school with his sex-obsessed best friend Dan Forrester and lusts after Lisa Winston, the sexy lounge singer who his parents have hired to perform at the Holiday Inn. Stuck without a date for his brother's wedding to a senator's daughter, Ryan goes to a computer dating service, which asks him such questions as "Can you breathe foreign substances?" Soon, Ryan is told that he may be an alien stuck on Earth along with thousands of others. Soon, Charles and Edna Pinsky show up and tell him that he may an alien prince meant to lead his brethren home. And that's when things get out of control... Written by Kyle Palkowski

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A story of teenage alienation.


Comedy | Sci-Fi


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16 September 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Boltsi hukassa, pallo jalassa  »

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This was Timothy Patrick Murphy's final film before his death on December 6, 1988 at the age of 29. See more »

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Rotating Restaurants, The B52s, and Adam West--oh it's a scene, man!
7 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

Doin' Time on Planet Earth is seriously off-the-wall stupid comedy and one that might make you wonder why Adam West was never in more comedy like this (I've only seen him in parts making references to his role as TV's Batman).

An alienated teenager learns that he is the leader of an alien race and he must help them to return to their planet. This wacky series of events occurs during his brother's weekend wedding, which he was ordered by his family to behave as normally as he possibly can. Add to the mix Matt Adler as the kid's horny best friend and the B52's, and you have yourself some good times. There are so many funny little occurences going on, it's a scene man!

It's a good little film.

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