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The Aurora Encounter (1986)

A tiny alien lands in the small town of Aurora, Texas in the wild west. He flies around in his spaceship and checks out everything. While the kids are fascinated, their parents are rather ... See full summary »


Jim McCullough Sr.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Elam ... Charlie
Peter Brown ... Sheriff
Carol Bagdasarian Carol Bagdasarian ... Alain (as Carol Bagdarsarian)
Dottie West ... Irene
Will Mitchell Will Mitchell ... Ranger
Charles B. Pierce ... Preacher
Mickey Hays Mickey Hays ... Aurora Spaceman
George 'Spanky' McFarland ... Governor (as Spanky McFarland)
Mindy Smith Mindy Smith ... Sue Beth
Carly McCullough Carly McCullough ... Ginger
Tracy Kuehnert Tracy Kuehnert ... Becky
Paula Barrett Paula Barrett ... Secretary
Foster Litton Foster Litton ... Bartender
Kaye Winters Kaye Winters ... Mrs. Mikeska
Lois Lane Lois Lane ... 1st Woman


A tiny alien lands in the small town of Aurora, Texas in the wild west. He flies around in his spaceship and checks out everything. While the kids are fascinated, their parents are rather sceptic and afraid. Ms. Peabels, teacher and new owner of the local paper, smells a good story, and brings the alien into the headlines. When the Governor hears of the rumors, he sends a Ranger to take action. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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At the end of a century when man still dreamed of flying, the people of Aurora, Texas, had an encounter that was out of this world.


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Release Date:

March 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Incrível Visita do Extraterrestre See more »

Filming Locations:

Aurora, Texas, USA See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was George "Spanky" McFarland's last film appearance. See more »


Charlie: That stuff don't grow on trees!
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Referenced in 80's Dan: The McDLT (2011) See more »

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What might have happened if "E.T." had taken place a century earlier
21 April 2004 | by sjcobertSee all my reviews

This movie appears to try and cash in on the success of "E. T." by telling the story of a (supposedly true) occurrence in Texas almost a century earlier. A little alien lands near a Texas town and befriends many of the locals. Unfortunately his arrival attracts the attention of a few of the wrong people, and things go downhill from there.

The story of "E. T.", retold in a time when there was no 20th century technology to work with - not to mention no Reese's Pieces with which to lure anyone out of the woods - could have made for a most interesting movie. Unfortunately, this feature is woefully slow-paced, and the ending is very much a downer. If the story is in fact true, the writers might have been forgiven for taking a little artistic license to pick up the pace a little and keep the audience's attention. The scenes of the alien's interaction with the townspeople (most notably Jack Elam's character) have some magic to them, but the film as a whole just never quite comes together.

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