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Alien from L.A. (1988)

A nerdy teen-age girl goes looking for her missing archaeologist father, and stumbles into a strange subterranean civilization.

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Albert Pyun

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Debra Ricci, Sandra Berg (as Regina Davis) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kathy Ireland ... Wanda Saknussemm
William R. Moses ... Guten 'Gus' Edway
Richard Haines ... Professor Arnold Saknussemm
Don Michael Paul ... Robbie
Thom Mathews ... Charmin'
Janie du Plessis Janie du Plessis ... General Rykov / Shank / Claims Officer
Simon Poland ... Consul Triton Crassus / Mailman
Linda Kerridge ... Roryis Freki / Auntie Pearl
Kristen Trucksess Kristen Trucksess ... Stacy
Lochner de Kock Lochner de Kock ... Professor Ovid Galba / Paddy Mahoney
Deep Roy ... Mambino
Albert Maritz Albert Maritz ... Mago / Maintenance Worker / Evangelist / Pack Slag Jack
Russel Savadier ... Loki
Denis Smith Denis Smith ... Anchorman
James Lithgow James Lithgow ... Donaldson / Wrestling Announcer / Emcee
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Storyline

Wanda is a shy plain girl with a very boring life. When her father, an archaeologist, disappears on an expedition, she flies out to look for him. She ends up in an underground world, where no one believes in a surface world. Except for the secret police, who think she and her fathers are spies. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Kathy Ireland is the Alien From L.A. See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | South Africa

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 February 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wanda See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The last name for the main character is taken from Arne Sakneusemm, the Icelandic scientist who traveled to the center of the earth in Jules Verne's "Journey to the Center of the Earth". See more »

Goofs

Kathy Ireland briefly loses her squeaky voice when she's doped up on the table. She laughs and says in a deeper voice (probably her real one), "You think I'm an alien?" See more »

Quotes

Wanda Saknussemm: Bitchin' left hook, Crassus!
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Crazy Credits

Interspersed during the credits is the Anchorman, giving reports about Wanda's existence (or lack thereof) as he gets conflicting reports from Crassus and Rykov. See more »

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UK version is cut by 21s to secure a 'PG' rating. See more »

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Followed by Journey to the Center of the Earth (1988) See more »

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Written by James Saad, Anthony Riparetti and Steve LeGassick
Performed by Steve LeGassick
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Kathy Ireland Journeys to the Center of the Earth!
3 November 2000 | by SanDiegoSee all my reviews

Campy spoof combining elements of 'Journey to the Center of the Earth,' 'Indiana Jones,' exploitation B-movies of the 60's, and apocalyptic science fiction movies of the 80's. Kathy Ireland is so bizarre in the role of an explorer following in the footsteps of her famous father (as in 'Journey to the Center of the Earth' no less) it's like watching a car accident. You just have to watch though you know it's wrong...oh so wrong. (Apparently popular enough to warrant a sequel that actual takes the title of Jules Verne's classic, "Journey to the Center of the Earth." There are many versions with that title but only one features a cameo return by Kathy Ireland.) "Alien from L.A." is what they used to refer to as "Saturday afternoon matinee" or "popcorn movie" and is better than the sequel only because when "Alien" runs out of steam they strip Kathy down to a bikini top to finish out the movie. Nice trick. Worked for me.


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