August 01, 1994 12:00 PM

(Showtime, Sun., July 31, 8 p.m. ET)


This original cable film seems to have a lot going for it. It’s based on a true story and manages to work in government corruption, military paranoia and space aliens. Too bad it doesn’t add up to much in the end. Kyle MacLachlan stars as an Army intelligence officer in 1947 who identifies a piece of strange wreckage in a New Mexico field as an alien spacecraft, only to have his superiors deny the story.

Alternating between flashbacks of the ship’s discovery and a 1977 reunion at which a now-graying MacLachlan decides to investigate what really happened 30 years before, Roswell tries to show how the military wanted to cover up the story at any cost. But the story moves slowly as he conducts his search, and then a shadowy character (Martin Sheen) shows up and explains everything to MacLachlan. Then the movie screeches to a halt. Roswell tries to be mysterious, but there isn’t much mystery to it. For more developed alien tales, you’re better off catching a rerun of Fox’s The X-Files.

(David Hiltbrand is on vacation.)

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