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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


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Burl Ives ... Ned Anderson
Christopher Connelly ... Zef
Meredith MacRae ... Lara
Joseph Campanella ... Conrad
Marc Gilpin Marc Gilpin ... Dalem
Todd Porter Todd Porter ... Tommy Anderson
Mindy Dow Mindy Dow ... Rosie
Elissa Leeds 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


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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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)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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Look at my name lol
14 February 2018 | by sexytfSee all my reviews

I have to love this movie being that I was named after the daughter. I hated that as a kid but I just watched again for the 1st time in about 15 years and I love it all over again. I'm awesome lol.

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