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Don't Ask Don't Tell (2002)

Don't Ask Don't Tell




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Writer Tex Hauser and director Doug Miles are the team behind the comedy spoof Don't Ask Don't Tell, a re-dubbed parody using footage from the science fiction B-movie Killers From Space. The original film was directed by W. Lee Wilder in 1954, starring Peter Graves as a scientist monitoring atomic tests. Director Miles has replaced the soundtrack with campy dialogue and added a few new scenes to make the film about a group of aliens who want to turn the whole world gay. In this version, Graves (with the voice of Erik Frandsen) is portrayed as a Dr. Fartin, a scientist involved in a conspiracy to get rid of gay people in the military. When he crash-lands in Texas, the aliens abduct him and take him back to their home base. Revived by the alien operations, the doctor becomes a homosexual agent of the aliens' covert plans. Lloyd Floyd and Rosa Rugosa provide raunchy dialogue for original '50s co-stars James Seay and Barbara Bestar. The 2002 footage features characters like J. Edgar Hoover in drag (Steve Lippe) and Police Chief Mussolino (Floyd) in various sexual situations. Don't Ask Don't Tell had an extremely limited theatrical release before debuting on home video.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Tex Hauser
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 17, 2004


Lloyd Floyd
as Police Chief Mussoli...
Erik Frandsen
as Dr. Fartin
Steve Lippe
as J. Edgar Hoover
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Critic Reviews for Don't Ask Don't Tell

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

In execution, this clever idea is far less funny than the original, Killers From Space.

October 13, 2002
New York Post
Top Critic

It's a gag that's worn a bit thin over the years, though Don't Ask still finds a few chuckles.

Full Review… | October 11, 2002
New York Times
Top Critic

A surprisingly thoughtful social film.

Full Review… | October 11, 2002
Boston Globe
Top Critic

An off-beat, hair-brained, and weird spoof of a horrible science fiction flick.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

harmless at worst and at best a good time

Full Review… | June 29, 2004

...every once in a while a true rib-tickler will jam into you and wake you up.

Full Review… | February 13, 2004

Audience Reviews for Don't Ask Don't Tell


A fun concept that doesn't quite work. It does have some amusing moments but too many of the gags just miss the mark. Similar to Woody Allen's earlier What's Up Tiger Lily, but not nearly as successful.

James Higgins

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