|Christopher Lloyd||Uncle Martin|
|Jeff Daniels||Tim O'Hara|
|Elizabeth Hurley||Brace Channing|
|Wallace Shawn||Dr. Elliott Coleye|
|Christine Ebersole||Loralie Brown|
|Michael Lerner||Mr. Channing|
|Steve Bond||The SETI Group Driver|
Ambitious television reporter Tim O'Hara stumbles upon a martian whose spaceship has accidentally crashed on Earth. Thinking this is his ticket to a Pulitzer Prize, Tim makes plans to expose the martian, who, posing as Tim's Uncle Martin, takes human form and has plans of his own. In fact, all of Tim's efforts to divulge the truth are systematically thwarted by the resourceful alien, who ultimately recruits Tim to help him repair his ship for a return to Mars.