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Fire in the Sky (1993)

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An Arizona logger mysteriously disappears for five days in an alleged encounter with a flying saucer in 1975. His co-workers endure ridicule and contempt as they are wrongly accused of murder.

Director:

Robert Lieberman

Writers:

Travis Walton (book), Tracy Tormé (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
D.B. Sweeney ... Travis Walton
Robert Patrick ... Mike Rogers
Craig Sheffer ... Allan Dallis
Peter Berg ... David Whitlock
Henry Thomas ... Greg Hayes
Bradley Gregg ... Bobby Cogdill
Noble Willingham ... Blake Davis
Kathleen Wilhoite ... Katie Rogers
James Garner ... Frank Watters
Georgia Emelin ... Dana Rogers
Scott MacDonald ... Dan Walton
Wayne Grace ... Cyrus Gilson
Kenneth White Kenneth White ... Buck
Robert Covarrubias ... Ray Melendez
Bruce Wright ... Dennis Clay
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On the evening of November 5, 1975, a group of loggers saw a bright crimson light in a forest in White Mountains, Arizona. Curious, Travis Walton goes out for a closer look and is pushed to the ground by a blue-green energy beam. His co-workers escape in terror and they inform the police that Travis has been abducted by a flying saucer. For the next five days, Travis remains missing and the loggers endure ridicule and contempt as they are accused of murder. When he is found alive, Travis is unable to account the missing days, but the amazing ordeal slowly begins to emerge.

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Some say that we are not alone in the universe. Others say intelligent life surrounds us. Paramount Pictures presents the true story of one man who just made oversure. Based on the Travis Walton case. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence | See all certifications »

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The abduction portrayed in the movie actually had nothing to do with Walton's account. After being struck by the light, Walton remembers waking up on a table surrounded by three aliens, whom he described thusly: "Their bald heads were disproportionately large for their puny bodies. They had bulging, oversized craniums, a small jaw structure, and an underdeveloped appearance to their features that was almost infantile. Their thin-lipped mouths were narrow; I never saw them open. Lying close to their heads on either side were tiny crinkled lobes of ears. Their miniature rounded noses had small oval nostrils. The only facial feature that didn't appear underdeveloped were those incredible eyes! Those glistening orbs had brown irises twice the size of those of a normal human eye's, nearly an inch in diameter! The iris was so large that even parts of the pupils were hidden by the lids, giving the eyes a certain catlike appearance. There was very little of the white part of the eye showing. They had no lashes and no eyebrows." According to Walton's account, he leaped up from the table, grabbed an instrument on a nearby table, wielded it as a weapon, and swung it at the aliens. They filed out of the room. Walton walked into a room with a high backed chair in the middle and took a seat. Upon operating a set of controls, he deduced that he was in some sort of observatory. Suddenly, a man in a blue suit with a glass helmet came through a doorway. When Walton spoke to him, he didn't respond; he merely guided Walton through the doorway. The wordless man lead Walton through a doorway, out of a saucer-like object, into a hangar filled with other saucers, down a hallway, and into a room that featured three more humans. Walton's questions continued to go unanswered as they motioned for him to lie down on the table. One of the 'humans', a woman, placed a mask over his face and he immediately passed out. All of this was consciously recollected by Walton, and when undergoing hypnotic regression soon after the incident, he revealed no further information and stated that he felt as though delving any deeper would kill him. See more »

Goofs

During the first scene in which the crew is escaping in the truck, in one shot, a dent on the right side is present. In following shots, the dent is gone. During the second escape scene, we see the side-swipe collision with a tree that makes the dent. See more »

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[first lines]
Citizen: [truck just raced into parking lot] What the hell is that all about?
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Guest of Honor
by Lane Caudell and Roger Brown
Performed by Danea Mitchell
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Terrifying Climax
12 June 2006 | by ReelCheeseSee all my reviews

A terrifying climax highlights this portrayal of the alleged 1975 alien abduction of logger Travis Walton. Walton and fellow loggers were driving one night when, the story goes, they spotted a mysterious spacecraft hovering over head. When Walton is beamed aboard and declared missing for several days, nobody believes his friends, providing an interesting angle on the story. This element of the film is particularly effective in building up suspense. Where is Walton and what did he experience? A cast that includes D.B. Sweeney, Robert Patrick and Henry Thomas (Elliot from E.T.) deliver quality performances. It doesn't have the look or feel of a blockbuster (it wasn't one), but this is a classic example of an overlooked gem.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fire in the Sky See more »

Filming Locations:

Idleyld Park, Oregon, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,116,484, 14 March 1993

Gross USA:

$19,885,552

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,885,552
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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