I saw part of a movie on TV back in the late 1970's about a young couple who are traveling through a small town when they have a car wreck. All of the townspeople are yawning and tired all the time. I think it turns out that aliens are using the people at night to repair their spaceship.

  • Sounds like an episode of Eureka or X-files. Nov 11, 2013 at 17:49
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    @DVK: There actually was an episode of Eureka like this (people constructing a landing pad at night for a returning ship). I guess this is where they got their inspiration for the episode from.
    – gnovice
    Nov 12, 2013 at 17:59
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    @DVK - It was also very similar to SG1 : Nightwalkers.
    – Valorum
    Feb 8, 2015 at 15:37

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This is "Night Slaves". IMDB didn't have enough plot details, but Movie Mistakes has a pretty good plot synopsis in one of their "what's this movie" questions.

"Question: I'm trying to find the NAME of an old (ABC?) TV movie, circa 1970's, likely mid 1970's. All I remember is the (basic) plot AND the final shot. PLOT: the main character (Andrew Prine?) has been in accident (?), or was hurt in the military and he has a plate in his head or some sort of surgery was done to his brain. Something is "odd" about the new town he moves into and the main character thinks the Sheriff / Police Chief is controlling the people and might even be doing doing something illegal. Also, the main character falls in love with a mysterious woman in the small town, and through some series of events he finds out that the people of the town are being controlled by outer space travelers who are using the towns people to rebuild their space ship, at night, while they are hypnotized while asleep. The Sheriff and his new love ARE the head aliens. They are using the towns peoples 'bodies' to do the repairs because they don't have physical bodies, they are just beings made of 'energy'. The main character can't be 'hypnotized' because of the plate / surgery to his head. Near the end of the movie he actually sees the people wandering out toward a field where the busted space ship is being repaired. LAST SHOT: the final shot is the main character's body, lying in a field, in broad daylight. He's gone off into outer space (or just his 'life energy' has gone')with the woman with whom he fell in love. Roll Credits. 11:00 o'clock news. I started thinking about this because there was an episode of "Eureka" where the town's people worked on a 'project' at night, while they were hypnotized. Same plot, different out come. Thanks

Answer: This sounds like the 1970 made-for-TV movie titled, Night Slaves, starring Andrew Prine, James Franciscus, and Lee Grant. Leslie Nielsen played the sheriff of a small western town where some strange force has turned the residents into zombies."

You can watch the full movie below;

  • If they saw it in the late 1970s like they claim in the question it wouldn't be a Stargate episode originally aired in 2002. That said it doesn't sound like an overly original plot, there are probably more than a few movies or TV episodes that would fit this. Nov 12, 2013 at 16:44
  • Good Point. Let me try again...
    – Zimul8r
    Nov 12, 2013 at 17:43
  • I think you nailed it as being "Night Slaves". I am going to try and find a copy of it. Thanks!
    – user19571
    Nov 13, 2013 at 11:25
  • It is not night slaves. I know what he is talking about, and have been searching for it myself. It is black and white, and does not look so western.
    – NeonSteve
    Feb 15, 2017 at 2:55
  • When I watched the Stargate episode, I was sure I'd seen a similar story before. I can't specifically recall watching Night Slaves back when I came out, but I'm sure I must have.
    – Anthony X
    Feb 15, 2017 at 3:10

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