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       Principal photography began in Los Angeles, CA on 25 Jun 1984, according to the 3 Jul 1984 HR, which referred to the film by its working title, Titan Find.
       As reported in a 13 Feb 1985 DV article, the picture had an expected release of 15 Mar 1985 with 400 prints, although, a review in the 29 Apr 1985 HR reported the picture opened on the West coast that same week in 300 theatres, with a NY release set for Aug 1985.
       Production notes in AMPAS library files, dated 8 May 1985, reported opening weekend earnings of $584,000 on 189 screens, profits of $811,243 after the first week, and a two-week gross of $1,086,299. However, the Jul 1985 Box review listed first week grosses at nine Los Angeles, CA, venues at $62,000.
      The film begins with the following prologue: “In the competition for new materials and advanced manufacturing techniques, two multi-national corporations have invested heavily in space. The rival firms of Richter Dynamics (West Germany) and NTI (USA) are locked in a fierce race for commercial supremacy.” Also included are the following title cards: “April 5, Titan: Saturn’s largest moon, A geological research team from NTI,” and, “June 23, Spacestation: Concorde, Licensed owner: NTI Corporation, Orbit: Earth’s moon.” End credits include the following acknowledgements: “Special thanks to Modern Videofilm, Inc., The Dartford Co., Miller Brewing Company, Corr’s Natural Beverage Company, Ray-O-Vac, Tandi Slater, Bob Burns, Westwood Savings and Loan Association.”
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       Principal photography began in Los Angeles, CA on 25 Jun 1984, according to the 3 Jul 1984 HR, which referred to the film by its working title, Titan Find.
       As reported in a 13 Feb 1985 DV article, the picture had an expected release of 15 Mar 1985 with 400 prints, although, a review in the 29 Apr 1985 HR reported the picture opened on the West coast that same week in 300 theatres, with a NY release set for Aug 1985.
       Production notes in AMPAS library files, dated 8 May 1985, reported opening weekend earnings of $584,000 on 189 screens, profits of $811,243 after the first week, and a two-week gross of $1,086,299. However, the Jul 1985 Box review listed first week grosses at nine Los Angeles, CA, venues at $62,000.
      The film begins with the following prologue: “In the competition for new materials and advanced manufacturing techniques, two multi-national corporations have invested heavily in space. The rival firms of Richter Dynamics (West Germany) and NTI (USA) are locked in a fierce race for commercial supremacy.” Also included are the following title cards: “April 5, Titan: Saturn’s largest moon, A geological research team from NTI,” and, “June 23, Spacestation: Concorde, Licensed owner: NTI Corporation, Orbit: Earth’s moon.” End credits include the following acknowledgements: “Special thanks to Modern Videofilm, Inc., The Dartford Co., Miller Brewing Company, Corr’s Natural Beverage Company, Ray-O-Vac, Tandi Slater, Bob Burns, Westwood Savings and Loan Association.”

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
Jul 1985
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Daily Variety
13 Feb 1985
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Hollywood Reporter
3 Jul 1984
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Hollywood Reporter
29 Apr 1985
p. 3
Los Angeles Times
29 Apr 1985
p. 6
Variety
8 May 1985
p. 32
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Trans World Entertainment presents
a William Malone film
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Wrt
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Still photog
Still photog
Gaffer
Best boy elec
Best boy elec
Key grip
Key grip
Key grip
Dolly grip
Grip
Generator op
Generator op
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dept asst
Art dept asst
Art dept asst
2d unit art dir
FILM EDITORS
Video cam & insert ed
Asst ed
Apprentice ed
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Set const foreman
Set const foreman
Set builder
Set builder
Set builder
Set builder
Set builder
Set builder
Set builder
Scenic artist
Scenic artist
Scenic dec
Scenic dec
Spec lighting eff in sets
Spec lighting eff in sets
Spec lighting eff in sets
Set dec
Set dec
Set dec
Set dec
Prop master
Spec props created by
Console electronics
Richter Dynamics computer board by
Asst by
COSTUMES
Cost des
Asst cost des
Space suit manufacturer
Space suit manufacturer
MUSIC
Mus comp and cond
Mus comp and cond
Mus ed and spec sd eff
SOUND
Sd mixer
Sd mixer
Boom op
Sd eff created by
Sd eff created by
Sd ed
Tom Scott
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec des, The L.A. Effects Group, Inc.
Spec visual eff created and prod at
Exec prod, The L.A. Effects Group, Inc.
Prod assoc, The L.A. Effects Group, Inc.
Opt eff dir, The L.A. Effects Group, Inc.
Visual eff dir, The L.A. Effects Group, Inc.
Dir of photog, The L.A. Effects Group, Inc.
Eff cine
Eff tech
Eff tech
Eff tech
Eff tech
Model maker
Model maker
Anim supv
Eff anim
Mechanical engineer
Opt consultant
Spec thanks to
Spec thanks to
Anim created by
Titan Find creature created by
Creature coord/creature miniature const
Creature fabricator
Creature fabricator
Creature wrangler
Creature wrangler
Sculptor
Spec eff pyrotechnics
Spec eff pyrotechnics
Spec eff weapons created by
Titles and opt eff by
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
Hairstylist
Spec eff makeup supv
Spec eff makeup asst
Spec eff makeup asst
Spec eff makeup asst
PRODUCTION MISC
Exec in charge of prod
Exec in charge of prod
Casting
Finance dir
Scr supv
Scr supv
Post prod supv
Prod coord
Prod auditor
Stage supv
Tech adv
Video playback
Video tech
Asst prod coord
Prod secy
Prod secy
Prod secy
Asst to exec prods
Casting asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Computerized prod accounting
Talent payroll
Prod equip provided by
STAND INS
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt coord
Stand-in
Stand-in
Stand-in
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Titan Find
Release Date:
26 April 1985
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 26 Apr 1985
Production Date:
began 25 Jun 1984 in Los Angeles
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Lenses
Filmed in Panavision®
Duration(in mins):
97
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
27564
SYNOPSIS

On Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, two geological researchers named Ted and Howard, who work for the American corporation, NTI, discover a creature in a coffin-like structure. As they move the pod into position to photograph it, they make a small crack on the top, and Ted is inexplicably killed. Later, as Howard returns to the orbiting space station, Concorde, he makes a crash landing, and also perishes. NTI sends a new group of researchers to claim the alien discovery on Titan. The team is skeptical when their commander, David Perkins, sends a security officer named Melanie Bryce to accompany them on the mission. Captain Mike Davison discovers that Perkins is secretly racing to beat a German firm called Richter Dynamics to claim the alien artifacts. As the team approaches Titan, their ship makes a crash landing, damaging the take-off equipment. On Saturn’s moon, the team discovers the bodies of the previous researchers in their laboratory. Unexpectedly, an alien creature appears, chases them, and kills a scientist named Susan Delambre. Later, a rival German astronaut named Hans Rudy Hofner enters the docked American spaceship and warns the Americans of the dangers. Hofner has discovered that the creature is not killing the humans, but taking over their bodies and inhabiting them with alien life forms. However, the Americans refuse to believe him. Elsewhere, researcher Jon Fennel sees Susan, whom he believed to be dead. As he leaves the spaceship to meet her, she takes over his body. “Jon” radios ...

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On Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, two geological researchers named Ted and Howard, who work for the American corporation, NTI, discover a creature in a coffin-like structure. As they move the pod into position to photograph it, they make a small crack on the top, and Ted is inexplicably killed. Later, as Howard returns to the orbiting space station, Concorde, he makes a crash landing, and also perishes. NTI sends a new group of researchers to claim the alien discovery on Titan. The team is skeptical when their commander, David Perkins, sends a security officer named Melanie Bryce to accompany them on the mission. Captain Mike Davison discovers that Perkins is secretly racing to beat a German firm called Richter Dynamics to claim the alien artifacts. As the team approaches Titan, their ship makes a crash landing, damaging the take-off equipment. On Saturn’s moon, the team discovers the bodies of the previous researchers in their laboratory. Unexpectedly, an alien creature appears, chases them, and kills a scientist named Susan Delambre. Later, a rival German astronaut named Hans Rudy Hofner enters the docked American spaceship and warns the Americans of the dangers. Hofner has discovered that the creature is not killing the humans, but taking over their bodies and inhabiting them with alien life forms. However, the Americans refuse to believe him. Elsewhere, researcher Jon Fennel sees Susan, whom he believed to be dead. As he leaves the spaceship to meet her, she takes over his body. “Jon” radios his team, who fears he is dead, and lures them onto an abandoned German spaceship, claiming he found parts to repair their own spaceship. When the team follows him to the spacecraft, Dr. Wendy H. Oliver discovers Jon’s secret, and is killed by the alien. As the creature continues its attacks, the survivors realize that Hofner was right about the alien inhabiting their colleagues’ bodies, and they plot to destroy the creature. Believing it is dead, they prepare the German spaceship for departure, but the alien revives and attacks yet again. Rigging explosives, the survivors finally destroy the creature and return home.

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