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Roswell (1994)





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Originally made for cable television, Roswell is an entertaining mix of purported actual events and science fiction. The narrative unfolds primarily in flashbacks as retired Army officer Jesse Marcel (Kyle MacLachlan) attends a reunion of the 509th Bomber Group and tries to come to closure on events that had taken place 30 years earlier. Back in 1947, Major Marcel had been part of a military team that investigated a crash site on a ranch near Roswell, New Mexico. The debris recovered from the site had exhibited some remarkable properties such as being able to repair itself instantly after being cut, suggesting that it might have been of extraterrestrial origin. The military brass had ordered Marcel to go along with their phony story that the material was ordinary metal foil from a weather balloon, and he had reluctantly complied. By the time of the 1977 reunion, Marcel is suffering from a terminal illness, and he feels compelled to try to find out what had really happened at Roswell all those years ago. MacLachlan gives an effective performance, particularly when he portrays Marcel as an older man trying to understand his past. Evocative location shooting in the American Southwest adds cinematic impact.


Kyle MacLachlan
as Maj. Jesse Marcel
Kim Greist
as Vy Marcel
Dwight Yoakam
as Mac Brazel
John M. Jackson
as Col. Blanchard
Martin Sheen
as Townsend
Xander Berkeley
as Sherman Carson
Peter MacNicol
as Lewis Rickett
Bob Gunton
as Frank Joyce
Charles Martin Smith
as Sheriff George Wilcox
Nick Searcy
as Mortician
J.D. Daniels
as Jessie Marcel Jr.
Eugene Roche
as James Forrestal
Lisa Waltz
as Janet Foss
Charles Hallahan
as Older Pilot MacIntire
Ray McKinnon
as Deputy Joe Pritchard
Doug Wert
as Older Jessie Marcel Jr.
David Selburg
as Station Manager
Doug McCurry
as Arresting MP
Charles M. Kistler
as Interrogator No. 1
Daiton Rutowski
as Interrogator No. 2
Matthew Faison
as General Ramey
John Hostetter
as Colonel Thomas DuBose
Michael Bofshever
as Irving Newton
Jonathan Mincks
as Younger Stanton
F. William Parker
as Older Stanton
Peter Radon
as Melvin Brown
Gary Bullock
as Eavesdropper
Jim Hayne
as Harris
Mark Phelan
as Gate Guard
Steve Lanza
as Outside Doctor
Arthur Kopit
as Inside Doctor
Michael Strasser
as Hospital MP
Don Fischer
as Outdoor MP
Denice Marcel
as Waitress
John Mahon
as Red Hat Vet
Stanley Grover
as Straw Hat Vet
Warren Munson
as Yellow Hat Vet
Hansford Rowe
as Chaplain
Paul Davids
as Photographer
Philip Baker Hall
as Roswell General
Parley Baer
as Civilian Advisor
Edward Penn
as Civilian Advisor
Arthur Hiller
as Scientist No. 1
Brian Carpenter
as Scientist No. 2
George Pentecost
as Civilian Advisor
Bruce Gray
as Admiral
Brian Cousins
as Medical Officer
James MacDonald
as Area 51 Officer
Ken Kimmons
as James Harris
Cynthia Allison
as TV Commentator at Roswell Inn
Hoke Howell
as Bar Vet at Roswell Inn
Bruce Ed Morrow
as General at Roswell Inn
Will Huston
as Alien Clown at Roswell Inn
Layne Beamer
as Soldier
Max Trumpower
as Gate Guard
Mik Scriba
as Air Mechanic
Matt Landers
as Lieutenant Walter Haut
Dave Adams
as Provost Marshal
Bill Cook
as Jeep Driver
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Critic Reviews for Roswell

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

... the shifts between 1977 and 1947 are adroitly handled, and it is easy to root for the earnest Mr. Mac Lachlan, particularly in his climactic confrontation with Martin Sheen, a mysterious figure who confounds him with head games.

December 11, 2017 | Full Review…

The tepid film never catches fire and does not tell us what we didn't already know about Roswell.

July 31, 2010 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Roswell


A good cast make it watchable but it's ultimately frustrating and pointless as it suggests little new and, inevetably, delivers nothing.

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