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Earthbound (1981)

A family of space aliens crash lands on Earth when their spaceship conks out.


James L. Conway


Michael Fisher




Cast overview, first billed only:
Burl Ives ... Ned Anderson
Christopher Connelly ... Zef
Meredith MacRae ... Lara
Joseph Campanella ... Conrad
Marc Gilpin ... Dalem
Todd Porter Todd Porter ... Tommy Anderson
Mindy Dow Mindy Dow ... Rosie
Elissa Leeds ... Teva
Peter Isacksen Peter Isacksen ... Willy
John Schuck ... Sheriff De Rita
Joey Forman ... Madden
Stuart Pankin ... Sweeney
H.M. Wynant ... Dave
Jesse Bennett Jesse Bennett ... Gold Rush Man #2
Daryl Bingham Daryl Bingham ... Pudge
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A spaceship carrying a middle-class alien family breaks down over a small town in America, and the "space window" allowing the aliens to return home will disappear in a few hours. Parents, Zef and Lara, their children, Dalem and Teva, and their green chimpanzee hide the spaceship at the bottom of a lake while they search for the special metal necessary to repair it. However, Conrad, an agent with the Federal Space agency, enlists local Sheriff DeRita and his deputy Sweeney to find the spaceship and capture the aliens. Although their chimpanzee is green and eats light bulbs, the alien family looks human, and Ned Anderson, a kind hotel keeper, and his orphaned grandson, Tommy, offer refuge to the family. The aliens have special powers, including the ability to make themselves invisible, which allows them to outwit their pursuers and help Anderson and Tommy with their problems. Written by Larry B.

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A very spacey comedy


Family | Sci-Fi | Comedy


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Produced as a made-for-TV pilot for a proposed TV series, but after network interest fell through, it was released theatrically as a feature film. See more »

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why I liked the film
26 May 1999 | by Mal-18See all my reviews

I was surprised on how bad the reviews were on this movie. When I saw it on television I remember being glued to the set. I always hated my English professor when he points out my errors in writing. Instead of enjoying the story they point out all the technical errors. I believe if you watch the film with the intent on enjoying it, then you will. It's that simple. I especially liked it because the aliens helped Tommy deal with the loss of his parents.

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Release Date:

30 January 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Endstation Planet Erde See more »

Filming Locations:

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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