Project ALF

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Project ALF
Project Alf DVD.jpg
Project ALF DVD cover
Directed by Dick Lowry
Produced by Tom Patchett
Written by Tom Patchett
Paul Fusco
Starring Paul Fusco
William O'Leary
Jensen Daggett
Martin Sheen
Music by Mark Snow
Cinematography Henry M. Lebo
Edited by William B. Stich
Distributed by ABC (US)
Video Service Canada (CAN)
Cine Plus Home Entertainment (GER)
Release date(s) February 17, 1996 (US)
January 17, 1997 (UK)
May 9, 1996 (GER theatrical release)
Running time 95 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Project: ALF (also known as Project: ALF, Part 2) is a TV movie directed by Dick Lowry. It is the sequel to the final episode, "Consider Me Gone" (1990), of the ALF TV series. It was broadcast in the U.S. by ABC and in Canada on CHCH on February 17, 1996.[1] The film was released on DVD in 2005.[2]

None of the series regulars were featured. The only actors to appear in both the TV series and movie are Paul Fusco, the voice and puppeteer of ALF, and Beverly Archer, who played Mrs. Byrd in the former and Dr. Carnage in the latter.

Plot[edit]

The film begins where the original television series finishes, with Gordon Shumway—otherwise known by the name ALF, standing for Alien Life Form—being captured by the US Air Force's Alien Task Force while attempting to depart Earth. ALF is kept under lock and key at Edmonds Air Force Base under the xenophobic orders of Colonel Milfoil (Martin Sheen), although he manages to charm his airmen jailers and convert his cell into a bachelor pad. Acting on his own initiative, Milfoil plans on killing his prisoner under the guise of a beauty treatment for which he has left a paper trail implicating his aide de camp, Lieutenant Reese (Scott Michael Campbell), as scapegoat, They talk about ALF's relationship with The Tanner Family and that the Tanner's moved to Iceland.

Learning of this, two Air Force scientists—Major Melissa Hill (Jensen Daggett) and Capt. Rick Mullican (William O'Leary) — help ALF escape, going to ground at a cheap motel. After ALF makes a nuisance of himself, he is ordered to "Go hide in the restroom!" an order that reminds him of when the Tanners would give him similar directions. Unwilling to do without his creature comforts, ALF sneaks outside and contacts one of his former guards in an attempt to arrange a supply drop, before mistakenly entering a Strip Club assuming from its name that it is an eating establishment that serves cats.

With both the local police and the military alerted, the three of them turn to Dexter Moyers (Miguel Ferrer), a former NASA scientist falsely discredited by the government as part of the anti-UFO conspiracy. His solution is to publicly reveal ALF's existence on global television, removing the US Government's credibility and vindicating himself, but Rick grows increasingly uncomfortable with the idea. After accidentally stumbling across a computer file that hints at a deeper agenda, Rick departs during the night. The following day, he contacts a friend at Edmonds, aware that Milfoil will be monitoring the conversation and come directly to him. As predicted, he is arrested shortly after and brokers a deal exchanging safe conduct for the three fugitives in return for revealing the impending broadcast.

Meanwhile, Mellisa learns that Moyers has set up a secret auction alongside the broadcast, intending to sell the alien to the highest bidder. After she refuses to take part, he imprisons her. Alf, unaware of the betrayal, revels in being the center of attention until stage fright and the increasing hostility of his host result in ALF locking himself in the bathroom which provides the military with the time to shut down the broadcast. Both Melissa and ALF are arrested, and Milfoil reneges on the deal. In doing so, he unwittingly reveals his murderous intentions on a security recording which finds its way into the hands of Lt. Reese.

Back at Edmonds, Milfoil gloats that ALF's escape means he will be able to convince his superiors to have the alien executed openly, Milfoil's hatred being revealed as seeking payback for his mother going mad as the result of alleged alien abduction. However, Reese interrupts a meeting between Milfoil and General Stone to play the tape, revealing the Colonel's malfeasance. It's not shown what happens to Milfoil after his exposure, but it is implied that he gets fired from the Air Force and is sent to jail for the rest of his life.

A military panel authorizes promotions for the three officers involved in taking down Milfoil, and apologizing to ALF before declaring him an ambassador to Earth. Naturally, the scene ends with ALF's usual self-aggrandizing behavior leaving the people on the panel to wonder if they've made the right choice.

Filming locations[edit]

Henman House, 33583 Mulholland Hwy, Malibu, CA (Dexter Moyers' house)

Trivia[edit]

The movie wound up airing on ABC because NBC went back on its word that the last season of ALF would have one extra episode so the storyline could be resolved with a two-part finale. The first half aired, ending with a Melmackian spaceship hovering over ALF, while Alien Task Force operative were closing in from all sides. But despite the flash of "TO BE CONTINUED", the network never allowed any more episodes, and fans of the TV series were stuck with the cliffhanger for over 5 years.

Project ALF was poorly received when it aired in 1996, namely because of the absence of the Tanners and anything else the series's fans would have found familiar.

Actors William O'Leary and Jensen Daggett were already working together on ABC, playing husband and wife Marty and Nancy Taylor, brother and sister-in-law to Tim "The Tool-Man" Taylor on the top-rated sitcom Home Improvement.

Cast[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ""Project ALF", a two-hour family movie on CHCH-TV." (Press release). Niagara Television Limited. January 24, 1996. Archived from the original on January 3, 1997. Retrieved March 16, 2012. 
  2. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Project-ALF-Miguel-Ferrer/dp/B000767QX6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1341059802&sr=8-1&keywords=Project+ALF

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