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The Seventeenth Kind (2014)

Some strange things come up for sale on late-night cable television..


Andy Collier
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Curran ... James Richard
Sylvester McCoy ... Rusty
Ralph Brown ... Herbert
Miriam Margolyes ... Mrs. Mark
Lucy Pinder ... Melissa
Brian Blessed ... The Voice (voice)
Jemma Bolt ... Lou
Roxy Sternberg ... Kate
Elia Diaz Elia Diaz ... Charlie
Clive Dancey Clive Dancey ... Floyd
Sean Knopp ... Barry
Stephanie Siadatan ... Mels Assistant
Dean Roberts ... Matt
Paul T. Horsfield Paul T. Horsfield ... Handyman
Samuel Clemens ... Camera Man 1


Some strange things come up for sale on late night cable television... Black comedy scifi about a washed up TV presenter who doesn't let small things like alien invasions stop him from broadcasting. Starring Tony Curran, Brian Blessed, Sylvester McCoy, Miriam Margolyes, Ralph Brown Written by Anonymous

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Short | Comedy | Sci-Fi







Release Date:

1 July 2014 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Battersea, London, England, UK


Box Office


£47,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Lead actor Tony Curran badly tore a ligament in his knee in a skiing accident 1 week before shooting. He arrived at the shoot on crutches, and unable to walk more than one step. Several scenes had to be re-storyboarded to shoot around the problem that the lead actor was virtually immobile. See more »

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Exciting adaptation of a timely and satirical sci-fi short story
30 October 2015 | by garymason-99267See all my reviews

As a huge Michael Marshall Smith fan, I had been waiting for this release with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. Would they screw up one of my all-time favourite short stories? I can say with relief that not only have they captured Smith's uniquely idiosyncratic style; they have created something supremely cinematic out of what is a very claustrophobic story on paper. Without giving too much away (the less you know the better for this type of film) Tony Curran plays a vain TV presenter who is forced to use his guile and cunning to thwart an Alien invasion during a shopping channel broadcast. As somebody primarily familiar with Curran for his sinister and brooding work in 'Defiance' and 'Underworld' I was surprised at what a great comic actor he is. It's no mean feat playing somebody smarmy, arrogant and still likable at the same time but he pulls it off with great energy. Really inspired casting and I hope this leads to more comic roles for him. Sylvester McCoy (playing a salesman who is not quite who he seems), is…well he's Sylvester McCoy! For those of us who grew up on his Doctor Who this of courses translates as bloody awesome! The same goes for Brian Blessed. The same goes for Miriam Margoles. The same goes for Ralph Brown. For genre geeks like me of a certain age, this really is nirvana. In short a wonderful adaption of a brilliantly satirical story. I predict big things for director Andy Collier and urge him to adapt Straw Men next!

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