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Plan 10 from Outer Space (1995)

A woman accidentally discovers the Plaque of Kolob which leads her to discover an insidous alien plot for world domination documented by a disreputable early Mormon prophet.

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Trent Harris

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Trent Harris
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Credited cast:
Stefene Russell Stefene Russell ... Lucinda
Karen Black ... Nehor
Patrick Michael Collins Patrick Michael Collins ... Larsen (as Pat Collins)
Curtis James Curtis James ... Talmage
Deva Cantrell Deva Cantrell ... Guy
Gyll Huff Gyll Huff ... Rockwell
Jeff Price Jeff Price ... Sanders
Karen Nielsen Karen Nielsen ... Jazell
Burnadette Leroi Burnadette Leroi ... Burnadette
Alex Caldiero Alex Caldiero ... Dad
Theron Read Theron Read ... Jason
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dale Angell ... Cameo
Bridget Bedard Bridget Bedard ... Larsen's Nurse
Bryan T. Clifton Bryan T. Clifton ... Bee Man
Ken Fall Ken Fall ... Lamanite
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A woman accidentally discovers the Plaque of Kolob which leads her to discover an insidous alien plot for world domination documented by a disreputable early Mormon prophet. Written by Jason Erickson <jhericks@cadesm0.eng.utah.edu>

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21 January 1995 (USA) See more »

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Black Rock, Utah, USA See more »

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Lucinda: What's that?
Guy: A Joseph Smith Sphinx.
Lucinda: I know, but what is it?
Guy: A Joseph Smith Sphinx.
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Referenced in The Sonosopher: Alex Caldiero... in Life, in Sound (2010) See more »

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inventive conspiracy theory comedy with Mormons and aliens
21 June 2001 | by Matt MosesSee all my reviews

Good for Trent Harris, who against all odds and commercial interests managed to make a small handful of truly unusual films in the 1990's. Plan 10, though nowhere near as good as Rubin and Ed, defies categorization, touching on parody, surrealism and a wee bit of spirituality. Young Salt Lake City resident Stefene Russell aspires to become a writer, although she's somewhat held back by the unusual characters in her life. Her panty-sniffing brother Patrick Michael Collins receiving messages from space, which sends him to a mental institution; father Alex Caldiero, who reads experimental poetry in wheat fields for tourists, doesn't really seem to care. Worst of all is neighbor Curtis James, who spends all his time dancing with his shirt off in front of a window, clearly visible from Russell's typewriter. While sunning at the lake, Russell stumbles upon a metal plaque with some strange inscriptions. Determined to decipher, she brings them to a series of experts, eventually landing her in James's swinging pad. Together they find a book which explains a confusing conspiracy theory: feminist aliens started the Mormon church in order to impregnate humans. Her story ends her up at the insane asylum, from which she soon escapes to finish translating an ancient alien text, hopefully in time to save Salt Lake City from interstellar attack. Early in the film, Harris includes a brilliant, mostly true documentary on the Mormons, to not only give a little background but also show off his ability to mimic other genres. He's clearly an adept director, and the parts that feel awkward or unusual may well be completely intentional. Plan 10 occasional clunkiness comes from a highly unconventional approach to storytelling, very much in the mold of American comedy yet created from a maverick perspective. The cast is made up entirely of no-names; I'm guessing that Harris put all his friends in the movie. Indeed, some of the characters seem so superfluous that I wonder if he wrote in small parts for pals. Head alien Karen Black stands out as an exception, but I'm guessing her scenes were shot in a day. Harris has a keen sense of the absurd. While not quite a genius, he's certainly a visionary, and the world would be a better place if he kept on making movies.


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