|FIRE IN THE SKY (director: Robert Lieberman; screenwriters: Tracy Torme/book by Travis Walton; cinematographer: Bill Pope; editor: Steve Mirkovich; music: Mark Isham; cast: D. B. Sweeney (Travis Walton), Robert Patrick (Mike Rogers), Craig Sheffer (Allan Dallis), Peter Berg (David Whitlock), James Garner (Sheriff Frank Watters), Henry Thomas (Greg Hayes), Bradley Gregg (Bobby Cogdill), Noble Willingham (Blake Davis), Kathleen Wilhoite (Katie Rogers), The Neville Brothers (Themselves); Runtime: 109; MPAA Rating: PG-13; producers: Joe Wizan/Todd Black; Paramount Home Video; 1993)|
|"One of those the truth is
stranger than fiction stories."
by Dennis Schwartz
of those the truth is stranger than fiction stories.
It's an alien abduction sci-fi flick, that aims for
an E.T. audience. It's based on the book by Travis
Walton and is written by Mel Torme's son Tracy.
Robert Lieberman ("Table For
Five"/"Second String"/"Last Stop Kew Gardens")
emotionally directs as if he was the earthling
abducted on a flying saucer. This film is based on one
of the most famous real-life UFO abduction
cases on record.
Snowflake, Arizona, on November 5, 1975, the citizens
all believe that five young lumberjacks have killed
the missing Travis Walton (D. B. Sweeney).
One of the lumberjacks is his best friend and future
brother-in-law, Mike Rogers (Robert Patrick).
The lumberjacks all claim they saw Travis ascending
into a flying saucer. Travis is a forester,
who works in the White Mountains clearing bush for
Watters (James Garner) isn't buying that bull and
tries to make them confess to a murder. Meanwhile the
story is widely reported in the media and UFO buffs
and reporters from all over the world descend on the
highlight of the film is the nightmarish scenes of the
aliens conducting in their spaceship weird out of the
world experiments on the captive for five days before
releasing him. When the abduction is revealed, whether
you believe it or not, this is scary stuff.
The Neville Brothers end the film on a high note with the theme song "Sons and Daughters." In the filming, Oregon subs for Arizona.
REVIEWED ON 2/4/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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