Originally Posted by Purukivel
It's possible you're thinking of an English-dubbed Italian movie from 1980 called Chissà perché... Capitano tutte a me
(aka Why Did You Pick on Me?
). An imdb.com reviewer notes: "Basically the kid is an alien and Bud is a sheriff (this is a sequel to The Sheriff and the Satellite Kid
, which I now also have gotten from ebay on the strength of this) who is protecting the kid from the government."
Saw the movie Sheriff and the Satellite kid in the 80s starring Bud Spencer and Cary Guffey. I could never remember the name of it until now. Thanks.