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Roswell (1994)

PG-13 | | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi | TV Movie 31 July 1994
Beginning at a 30-year reunion for members of a military nuclear bomb unit, flashbacks are presented that follow the attempts of Major Jesse Marcel to discover the truth about strange ... See full summary »


Jeremy Kagan


Kevin D. Randle (book), Donald R. Schmitt (book) | 4 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kyle MacLachlan ... Jesse Marcel
Martin Sheen ... Townsend
Dwight Yoakam ... Mac Brazel
Xander Berkeley ... Sherman Carson
Bob Gunton ... Frank Joyce
Kim Greist ... Vy Marcel
Peter MacNicol ... Lewis Rickett
John M. Jackson ... Colonel Blanchard
Nick Searcy ... Mortician
J.D. Daniels ... Jesse Marcel, Jr. - Young
Charles Hallahan ... Pilot MacIntire - Older
Ray McKinnon ... Deputy Joe Pritchard
Eugene Roche ... James Forrestal
Charles Martin Smith ... Sheriff Wilcox
Doug Wert ... Jesse Marcel, Jr. - Older


Beginning at a 30-year reunion for members of a military nuclear bomb unit, flashbacks are presented that follow the attempts of Major Jesse Marcel to discover the truth about strange debris found on a local rancher's field in July of 1947. Told by his superiors that what he has found is nothing more than a downed weather balloon, Marcel maintains his military duty until the weight of the truth, however out of this world it may be, forces him to piece together what really occurred. Adapted from real-life events portrayed in the book _UFO Crash at Roswell_ by Kevin Randle and Donald Schmitt. Written by Rick Gregory <rag.apa@email.apa.org>

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The Pentagon Denied It Was A UFO. But One Man Knew Better Because He Was There.


Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

31 July 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Roswell: The U.F.O. Cover-Up See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonoita, Arizona, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The film takes place in July 1947 and 1977. See more »


When Maj. Jesse Marcel gets off the plane at Carswell AFB in Fort Worth, Texas, there are mountains in the background. There are no mountains in or near Fort Worth. See more »


Jesse Marcel: Over the years there must be people like me, people who wanted to talk about what they know.
Townsend: I'm sure that there were some, but then it's all so hard to believe isn't it? I think that Secretary Forrestal
[former Secretary of Defense]
Townsend: tried, or may have, I'm not sure. While he was at Bethesda, he was working on a diary that was to contain an account of his experiences with alien life forms, and proof that the government was trying to keep all this information covered up. Apparently he had checked...
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Featured in Roswell: Coverups & Close Encounters (1997) See more »


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People forget..The past remembers
5 March 2005 | by sol-kaySee all my reviews

(There May Be Spoilers) Story about the crash outside of Roswell New Mexico, in the early summer of 1947, and how it changed the lives of everyone involved in the investigation and handling of the evidence of that incident as well as those who were witnesses to it. Both in the military as well as those of the local population.

The story of "The Incident at Roswell" begins some thirty years later at the 30 year reunion of members of the famed 509th Bomb Wing of the 8th USAAF the only group of bombers who were armed with atomic bombs in the world at that time back in the late 1940's. It was the 509th who's B-29 bombers dropped the two atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima & Nagasaki in August 1945 that ended the Second World War.

At the reunion is retired Maj. Jesse Marcel,Kyle MacLachian, who was the intelligence officer of that bomber wing back in 1947 when the Roswell crash happened. Sick and dying Jesse want's to finally get to the bottom of what happened back then and make it public before he dies and tries to get as much information from the soldiers airmen and civilians who were there and knows what happened but have been too afraid to talk about it all these years.

At the time of the crash in July 1947 Jesse and his commanding officer at the air base in Roswell Col. Blanchard, John M. Jackson, came to the conclusion that the debris that was found outside of Roswell at the Brazel ranch was out of this world and very possibly that of an extraterrestrial space craft.

Col. Blanchard released the startling story "US Army Captures a Crashed Flying Saucer outside of Roswell NM" that made headlines all over the world. The next day Gen. Ramey, Matthew Falson, arrived from D.C and told both Col. Blanchard and Maj. Jesse Marcel to change their story from a "flying saucer" to an army weather balloon crashing in the desert outside of Roswell.

Jesse was made out to look like a fool and incompetent with him having to stand before newsmen and news photographers looking like a jerk holding pieces of a weather balloon and making it look like he didn't know the difference between that and an alien spaceship. It also hurt Jesse that both his wife Vy and young son Jesse Jr. (Kim Greist & J.D Daniels), who knew that Jesse was telling the truth, were both made to swallow that made up story and having to see him humiliated in front of the American public and his friends as well.

At the reunion Jesse finally gets to the truth about what happened from many of those who were involved in the investigation and the cover up of the evidence at Roswell, as well as those UFO investigators who were investigating it then in 1977. In the end he dies in peace, Jesse died some nine years later in 1986, feeling that hopefully in the near future the truth would come out and prove, once in for all, that he was right about what happened at Roswell back in 1947.

What really happened at Roswell in 1947 we may never know if we have to count on the US government and military to release the evidence about that incident. In 1994 the US Air Force released a statement that the people who claimed that a space ship crashed at Roswell and that there were a number of alien bodies recovered, one of the aliens was reported to have survived, mistook that for the US Air force's Operation Mogul. Mogul had high altitude balloons drop dummies in parachutes to see if humans can survive those high parachutes drops in the future.

The paper trail totally disputes that claim since Operation Mogul was conducted in the early to mid 1950's years after "The Roswell Incident" was said to have taken place. In fact it's "The Roswell Incident", not Operation Mogul, that's supported by the newspapers magazines radio and television reports at that time in the fateful summer of 1947. The Then Secretary of Defense James Vincent Forrestal, Eugune Roche, was reported to have had a major hand in the Roswell Investagation back in 1947 that at the time was classified above Top Secret by the newly formed CIA. Within two years Forrestal lost his mind and was committed to the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Washington D.C after suffering a severe mental breakdown. Forrestal later fell or jumped out of his 16th floor hospital room window to his death in the early morning hours of May 22, 1949. Was it what he saw at Roswell, and forced to keep silent about it, that drove him to kill himself?

What exactly did happened outside of Roswell in the summer of 1947? The American people as well as the world may never know. What's positive about the "Incident at Roswell" is that those in charge of finding out what happened, then as well as now, will never let it see the light of day. Those in charge will continue to cover up the "Roswell Incident" and keep it covered up for as long as they have the power and authority to do so. And nothing short of a massive landing of alien space crafts in all the major capitals and cities on earth, to show the people on earth that they in fact do exist and are real, will finally make the US Government reveal what really happened at Roswell almost sixty years ago.

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