I'm not sure if it's a film, a TV programme, whether it was from the 80's or the 70's, I think it was colonists on Mars, it had aliens, ships that floated across the desert (Mars I think) and that's about all I can remember, just something i watched when very little, would love to know what it's called. I seen somebody asked a very similar question, but the answer from what i could see was from some animated thing, this is not animated what I'm referring to.

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    Off to a good start there Chris, but we could use a few more points, take a look at this guide to see if you can edit in any more details.
    – Edlothiad
    Jan 18, 2018 at 13:35
  • Return of the Jedi matches too - it's from the 80s, it has aliens and a spaceship floating across the desert. Ehm, a sail barge.
    – Mr Lister
    Jan 18, 2018 at 14:36
  • Space: 1999 was a TV series in the 1970s. It was set on the Moon, not Mars. I never watched it myself, but I seem to recall it had the "floating ships" you mention. Jan 18, 2018 at 15:03
  • Dune might qualify as well
    – NKCampbell
    Jan 18, 2018 at 15:43
  • @NKCampbell I cannot believe one can watch Dune and remember the flying boxes while completely forgetting the worms.
    – Mr Lister
    Jan 18, 2018 at 17:45

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Somewhat broad, but these two came to mind when you mentioned colonists, aliens and ships flying across deserts.

[Per the comments, it's the first one]

  1. The Martian Chronicles is a tv series with only 3 episodes about humans colonising on mars with existing martians already living there.

  2. Enemy Mine Is more of a survival movie with an alien and human, but at the start and end it touched on colonisation and flying ships battling.

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    The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury is likely it. It had a number of stories from the story anthology of the same name. One story dealt with the sand skimmers and made it into the TV show.
    – ShadoCat
    Jan 18, 2018 at 20:30
  • You know i think this is it, really happy to have finally found it and it wouldn't of been possible without this cool site. thanks. (Martian chronicles) Feb 4, 2018 at 18:20

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