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Fire in the Sky (1993)

D.B. Sweeney , Robert Patrick , Robert Lieberman  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (212 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: D.B. Sweeney, Robert Patrick, Craig Sheffer, Peter Berg, Henry Thomas
  • Directors: Robert Lieberman
  • Writers: Tracy Tormé, Travis Walton
  • Producers: Joe Wizan, Nilo Rodis-Jamero, Robert Strauss, Todd Black, Tracy Tormé
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: October 19, 2004
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (212 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002V7O3S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,841 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fire in the Sky" on IMDb

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FIRE IN THE SKY is the comprehensive story of a logger named Travis Walton who mysteriously disappears in 1975 only to turn up bloodied and bruised five days later. Walton and co-workers accidentally discover a UFO and unfortunately they all escape except Walton who is elevated aboard the bizarre aircraft. Onboard he undergoes painful unearthly medical treatments and tests.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional direction, cast, and realism January 20, 2007
By calmly
I've seen this movie 3 times now over the past decade. I'm probably more impressed with each viewing.

The story is presented very clearly and with no wasted time. A strong cast has been assembled: this is no "B" movie. Reportedly it has only made $20 million domestically since its 1993 release which is a shame. I can only assume it wasn't marketed well.

I hadn't realized that one of the leads, Robert Patrick, had been T-1000 in Terminator 2 (in 1991). It is indeed hard to recognize him here from that earlier role. He's as convincing as possible as Mike, the best friend, of the abductee Travis. James Garner has a key role as an investigator. Henry Thomas, "ET"'s Elliot and by this time a teenager, is one of the loggers who witnessed the UFO. I hadn't recognized him either until this viewing.

The episode aboard the UFO, presented in flashbacks, was the work of "Industrial Light and Magic". It's eiree enough that, unlike Travis, you would think twice before stepping out to go up to a UFO.

As in the book, a great deal of emphasis is placed on the polygraph tests. It's easy to accept the movie as entertainment: in the book Walton is insistent on the truth of what he experienced. But a polygraph, as I understand it, is not scientifically accepted as a reliable lie detector.

Travis Walton participated in the movie production but accepted a completely different presentation of the abduction sequence than his book presents. His book's version, supposedly what really happened, would not have been as interesting. If you had been abducted, would you care that Hollywood used your story as input for a yarn that distorted what the aliens were like or would you want people to see what really happened.
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52 of 58 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepily effective, you judge if it's true December 20, 2004
Based on the supposedly true account of alien abductee Travis Walton, Fire in the Sky is creepily effective in it's storytelling and presentation. D.B. Sweeney plays the logger who, along with his co-workers, witnesses bizarre lights hovering in the sky. Travis attempts to get a closer look, and is seemingly beamed aboard and never seen again until five days later. While the events in the film differ from Walton's own account, Fire in the Sky manages to get under your skin once Travis has a flashback of the events that transpired aboard the spaceship. The alien beings are surprisingly well designed, and the ordeal Travis goes through will make your skin crawl despite the film's PG-13 rating. It's not perfect, but the cast (including T2's Robert Patrick, Peter Berg, Craig Sheffer, and James Garner) makes it work. All in all, if you are one of the many people who zone out to the X-Files and UFO phenomina, give this a look.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome and scary as hell! September 7, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
I was lucky enough to catch this at the theaters before it went to video. It was out for weeks, and was on it's last week when I saw it. I must say, the movie was awesome. Not only was the movie good and frightening alone, but the taqline states "based on the true story", suggesting the possibilities that everything you will witness may have actually happened! What truly gives the film it's meat is the sequence inside the alien spacecraft. Although the events inside the ship were changed from what the real Travis Walton said had happened, the scene succeeded in as Travis put it, "conveying" his feelings to the audience. I could watch that scene a million times, and still never be able to figure out how they did it. There were no fake CGI effects, and that honestly made it much more realistic and believable. "Fire in the Sky" is not a masterpiece, but it was well done, and the alien sequence stands out as one of the best pieces of film history! I was a little disappointed with the video though. It's not letterboxed, and it's improperly framed. I remembered vividly what it looked like in theaters, so watching this modified version seemed like a totally different movie to me. Thankfully I got the widescreen laserdisc, which brought back memories of what the film looked like on the big screen. They should press some widescreen copies of this on tape, or better yet, DVD! That would rule if this came out on DVD!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fire in the Sky, thought-provoking stuff on film July 16, 2010
The 1975 UFO-abduction of Travis Walton near Snowflafe Arizona is probably the most convincing such case on record. It was multiply witnessed; Travis (the abductee) was missing for five days and nights to be returned traumatised and dehydrated; extensive investigation including polygraph testing of all the witnesses only strengthened the reality of the case, and not one of the witnesses has changed a single detail of his testimony after 35 years. Anomalies in tree growth compatible with high radiation exposure have been identified in subsequent years in the precise location where the encounter with the UFO reportedly took place, so despite being outside our normal paradigms of consensus reality, it looks like it really happened.

Tracy Torme's 1993 film is a thoughtful piece of work which conveys the essential elements of the story and is largely faithful to the real-life narrative. D. B. Sweeney as Travis and Robert Patrick as Mike Rogers are particularly outstanding in an excellent cast. All the cast and crew became convinced by the story during the shoot. A town in Oregon substituted for Snowflake in the film.

The film begins on the morning of 5 November 1975, a normal day for the young loggers engaged in their tree-thinning contract. The encounter takes place as the seven loggers make their journey home down a mountain road in Mike Rogers' pick-up truck in the early evening, shown from the perspective of the six witnesses as Travis is knocked off his feet by a beam from the hovering UFO. The subsequent difficulties experienced by members of the crew during the five days Travis was missing is well realised, as they deal with accusations and incredulity from the wider community and suspicion from the local police authorities.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars True story
I really enjoyed this movie. Done very well. James Garner plays his perfect role. I think you will enjoy it.
Published 6 days ago by Denise
5.0 out of 5 stars Fire in the Sky
Love this movie, hadn't seen it in years. Couldn't find it any where.
Shared it with friends on movie night.
Published 6 days ago by Patrick Olona
5.0 out of 5 stars Fire in the Sky review
If ever a movie should be on BluRay it's this one!
Based on what I've seen, I still think it's Robert Patrick's finest role. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Jack Orion
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't need to hear the story
I wish SOMEBODY would review the disk itself!! Picture quality, sound quality, extras, etc. ! I don't need to hear anyones opinion on whether or not "flying saucers" really... Read more
Published 21 days ago by T. Dascoli
4.0 out of 5 stars If you believe ......
Seen this movie when it came out and just watched it again with my 17 year old son because I love movies based on true story's . Read more
Published 23 days ago by OldSchoolWatcher
5.0 out of 5 stars this movie shouldn't be out of print yet
This movie is based on a true story back in the 70's theres even a book out about it the Travis Walton experience i had trouble getting this i have the VHS but now i got the dvd... Read more
Published 1 month ago by thomas henry
4.0 out of 5 stars Best UFO/Alien Movie I've Seen
Spendy, but it has the scariest scenes of being on board a UFO that I've ever seen with a variety of characters involved that always keep you guessing about... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Scott
1.0 out of 5 stars Fire in the Sky
We never watched it because the DVD was in a foreign format. We returned it. We watched it on cable on 3-3-14. We thought it was great.
Published 1 month ago by Raymond Perry
4.0 out of 5 stars an oldie but a goodie
This movie scared the crap out of me a few times. It was a really good movie though. It claims to be based on a true story, which I totally believe. It will freak you the heck out! Read more
Published 1 month ago by m_hurlbut
5.0 out of 5 stars This is all really great classic
Great all around classic. Saw this when it first came out and then again about 3 more times . I'm sure throughout time iLl see it a dozen more
Published 1 month ago by Ben
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