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Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi | 5 February 1956 (USA)
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A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates.

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Uncle Ira Lentz
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Anne Grimaldi
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Jean Andren ...
Eleda Lentz
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Dr. Miles Bennell returns to his small town practice to find several of his patients suffering the paranoid delusion that their friends or relatives are impostors. He is initially skeptical, especially when the alleged doppelgangers are able to answer detailed questions about their victim's lives, but he is eventually persuaded that something odd has happened and determines to find out what is causing this phenomenon. Written by Mark Thompson <mrt@oasis.icl.co.uk>

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$417,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

A few scenes, such as the interior of Miles Bennell's office, were done at Sunset Studios. The greenhouse scene was also done in the studio because there were so many technical elements to be controlled when the pods burst open and bubbled, revealing the replicas of the characters. See more »

Goofs

At a point in the movie - Miles is knocked to the ground, and his hair gets visibly mussed up. Cut to the next scene where he stands up - his hair is neatly combed. See more »

Quotes

Becky: I don't want to live in a world without love or grief or beauty, I'd rather die.
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One of the Best Horror Movies of all time!
27 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

One of the best horror movies of all time, Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a very suspenseful horror movie that succeeds without any obviously scary monsters. Instead, it relies on suspense, action, impending doom, and a completely eery atmosphere to succeed. The slow buildup, in which the entire town is take over by monsters who emanate from giant pods and take over the bodies of the real people, works extremely well in this film. The cast, featuring a terrific but restrained performance by Kevin McCarthy, is excellent. The surprise ending, featuring an ironic twist caused in part by California freeway traffic, is excellent. This is simply one of the best horror movies of all time and works without any obvious monsters, makeup, or special effects. Far superior to any of the sequels.


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