Film / Fire in the Sky

Fire in the Sky is a 1993 science fiction/mystery film directed by Robert Lieberman, centered around a UFO abduction.

The film is based on the alleged 1975 abduction of Travis Walton (played by D. B. Sweeney), a logger from Snowflake, Arizona who went missing for five days after his co-workers claimed he was zapped by a flying saucer. The plot of the film centers mainly around the ensuing investigation and manhunt that took place, headed on-screen by the fictional Detective Frank Watters (James Garner), as well as the drama in which Walton's co-workers, including his best friend Mike Rogers (Robert Patrick), are accused of murder by their families and neighbors. Only the climax of the film (which was dramatically changed from the real Walton's story) focuses on Walton's experiences onboard the UFO.

Fire in the Sky contains examples of:

  • Alien Abduction: Naturally since the plot is about Travis Walton's abduction.
  • Flashback: Near the end, the flashback is pretty much the only part of the movie that deals with the alien abduction.
  • Incriminating Indifference: The biggest reason Allan Dallas was suspected for murder was because of his indifferent attitude toward Travis.
  • Police Procedural: The real focus of the film is not the abduction but the police investigation.