Wavelength (1983 film)

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VHS release cover
Directed by Mike Gray
Produced byJames Rosenfield
Written by Mike Gray
Starring Robert Carradine
Cherie Currie
Keenan Wynn
Music by Tangerine Dream
CinematographyPaul Goldsmith
Edited by Robert Leighton
Mark Goldblatt
Distributed by New World Pictures
Release date
  • September 16, 1983 (1983-09-16)
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited States

Wavelength is a 1983 science fiction film written and directed by Mike Gray and starring Robert Carradine, Cherie Currie, and Keenan Wynn. [1]

Science fiction film Film genre

Science fiction film is a genre that uses speculative, fictional science-based depictions of phenomena that are not fully accepted by mainstream science, such as extraterrestrial lifeforms, alien worlds, extrasensory perception and time travel, along with futuristic elements such as spacecraft, robots, cyborgs, interstellar travel or other technologies. Science fiction films have often been used to focus on political or social issues, and to explore philosophical issues like the human condition. In many cases, tropes derived from written science fiction may be used by filmmakers ignorant of or at best indifferent to the standards of scientific plausibility and plot logic to which written science fiction is traditionally held.

Harold Michael "Mike" Gray was an American writer, screenwriter, cinematographer, film producer and director.

Robert Carradine American actor

Robert Reed Carradine is an American actor. A member of the Carradine family, he made his first appearances on television western series such as Bonanza and his late brother David's TV series, Kung Fu. Carradine's first film role was in the 1972 film The Cowboys, which starred John Wayne and Roscoe Lee Browne. Carradine also portrayed fraternity president "Lewis Skolnick" in the Revenge of the Nerds series of comedy films.



Bobby Sinclaire (Robert Carradine) , a failing Californian musician, meets psychic Iris Longacre (Cherie Currie) in a bar and they begin a relationship. At Sinclaire's apartment, Longacre begins to hear things others cannot. The young couple discover the voices are from a childlike race of aliens being held by the U.S. government after their UFO crashed. The government plans to use the trio of aliens for experimentation and dissection in an supposedly abandoned underground bunker located near Sinclaire's apartment. The couple decides to liberate the aliens and help them return them to their mothership.


TV Guide gave the movie two out of five stars, praising the movie's sense of morality and soundtrack, but found Carradine's performance lacking during the music scenes and the narration at the beginning and ending of the film to be very detrimental to the movie. [2] Moria found that the movie has a promising build up, but that the film heads in predictable directions, and that its special effects were lacking. [3] . Creature Feature found that the movie was an interesting morality tale, and also praised the soundtrack, but said that the use of children to play the aliens hampered the film. [4] As of September 2019, the movie held an audience score of 36% at Rotten Tomatoes [5]

<i>TV Guide</i> American bi-weekly TV listing magazine

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Rotten Tomatoes American review aggregator for film and television, owned by Fandango

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It was planned for the movie to be released before E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, but implementation of the films special effects delayed its release. [6]

<i>E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial</i> 1982 American science fiction film directed by Steven Spielberg

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction film produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, and written by Melissa Mathison. It features special effects by Carlo Rambaldi and Dennis Muren, and stars Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace, Peter Coyote, Robert MacNaughton, Drew Barrymore, and Pat Welsh. It tells the story of Elliott (Thomas), a boy who befriends an extraterrestrial, dubbed "E.T.", who is stranded on Earth. Elliott and his siblings help E.T. return to his home planet, while attempting to keep him hidden from the government.


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Soundtrack album by
Genre Electronic music
Label Varèse Sarabande
Tangerine Dream chronology
Risky Business

Wavelength (1983) is the fourth soundtrack album and twentieth overall by the German band Tangerine Dream. It is the soundtrack for the film Wavelength starring Robert Carradine, Cherie Currie, and Keenan Wynn. [7]

Tangerine Dream German electronic music group

Tangerine Dream is a German electronic music band founded in 1967 by Edgar Froese. The group has seen many personnel changes over the years, with Froese having been the only continuous member until his death in January 2015. The best-known lineup of the group was its mid-70s trio of Froese, Christopher Franke, and Peter Baumann. In the late 1970s, Johannes Schmoelling replaced Baumann. Since Froese's death in 2015, the group has been under the leadership of Thorsten Quaeschning.

Cherie Currie American rock musician, actress, and woodcarver, former member of The Runaways

Cherie Ann Currie is an American musician, actress and artist. Currie was the lead vocalist of the Runaways, a rock band from Los Angeles, in the mid-to-late 1970s. After the Runaways, she became a solo artist. Then she teamed up with her identical twin sister, Marie Currie, and released an album with her. Their duet "Since You Been Gone" reached number 95 on US charts. Their band was called Cherie and Marie Currie. She is also well known for her role in the movie Foxes.

Keenan Wynn American actor

Francis Xavier Aloysius James Jeremiah Keenan Wynn was an American character actor. His expressive face was his stock-in-trade; and though he rarely carried the lead role, he had prominent billing in most of his film and television roles.

1."Alien Voices"0:16
2."Wavelength Main Title"1:54
3."Desert Drive"2:00
4."Mojave End Title"3:59
7."Alien Goodbyes"1:50
9."Church Theme"3:41
10."Sunset Drive"3:23
12."Alley Walk"2:55
13."Cyro Lab"2:13
14."Running Through The Hills"1:30
15."Campfire Theme"1:23
16."Mojave End Title Reprise"3:51

Many of the tracks are remixes from other albums:

<i>Pergamon</i> (album) 1981 live album by Tangerine Dream

Pergamon (1986), originally simply released as Tangerine Dream (1980) with two parts "Quichotte" - Part one and two, is the third live album and fourteenth overall by Tangerine Dream. It is a selection from the two live concerts held on 31 January 1980 at the Palast der Republik in East Berlin. The second of the two original concerts is available as Tangerine Tree Volume 17: East Berlin 1980. The original title Quichotte is a reference to Don Quixote, a film version of which was being screened in a nearby cinema as one of the concerts was performed, while the retitle is a reference to the Pergamon Museum located in East Berlin near the Palast der Republik.

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