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Invasion of the Body Snatchers -- Something evil has taken possession of the small town of Santa Mira, California. Hysterical people accuse their loved ones of being emotionless impostors; of not being themselves. At first, Dr. Miles Bennell (Kevin McCarthy) tries to convince them they're wrong...but they're not. Plant-like extraterrestrials have invaded Earth, replicating the villagers in giant seed "pods" and taking possession of their souls while they sleep. Soon the entire town is overwhelmed by the inhuman horror, but it won't stop there. In a terrifying race for his life, Dr. Bennell escapes to warn the world of the deadly invasion of the pod people! Remade in both 1978 and 1997, this chilling combination of extraterrestrial terror and anti-conformity paranoia is considered one of the great cult classics of the genre.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers -- A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers: :  -- Joe Dante discusses the making of Invasion of the Body Snatchers

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Director:
Writers:
Daniel Mainwaring (screenplay)
Jack Finney (Collier's magazine serial)
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Release Date:
5 February 1956 (USA) See more »
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The original Black & White classic See more »
Plot:
A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kevin McCarthy ... Dr. Miles J. Bennell

Dana Wynter ... Becky Driscoll
Larry Gates ... Dr. Dan 'Danny' Kauffman
King Donovan ... Jack Belicec

Carolyn Jones ... Theodora 'Teddy' Belicec
Jean Willes ... Nurse Sally Withers
Ralph Dumke ... Police Chief Nick Grivett
Virginia Christine ... Wilma Lentz
Tom Fadden ... Uncle Ira Lentz
Kenneth Patterson ... Stanley Driscoll
Guy Way ... Officer Sam Janzek
Eileen Stevens ... Anne Grimaldi
Beatrice Maude ... Grandma Grimaldi
Jean Andren ... Eleda Lentz
Bobby Clark ... Jimmy Grimaldi
Everett Glass ... Dr. Ed Pursey

Dabbs Greer ... Mac Lomax
Pat O'Malley ... Baggage Man
Guy Rennie ... Restaurant Owner
Marie Selland ... Martha Lomax

Sam Peckinpah ... Charlie
Harry J. Vejar ... Pod Carrier in Miles' Office
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Whit Bissell ... Dr. Hill (uncredited)

Richard Deacon ... Dr. Harvey Bassett (uncredited)

Frank Hagney ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Robert Osterloh ... Ambulance Driver (uncredited)

Directed by
Don Siegel 
 
Writing credits
Daniel Mainwaring (screenplay)

Jack Finney (Collier's magazine serial)

Richard Collins  uncredited

Produced by
Walter Mirisch .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Carmen Dragon 
 
Cinematography by
Ellsworth Fredericks (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robert S. Eisen 
 
Production Design by
Ted Haworth  (as Edward Haworth)
 
Set Decoration by
Joseph Kish 
 
Makeup Department
Emile LaVigne .... makeup artist
Mary Westmoreland .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
Allen K. Wood .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Beaudine Jr. .... assistant director (as Bill Beaudine Jr.)
Richard Maybery .... assistant director
Don Torpin .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Ralph Butler .... sound
Del Harris .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Milt Rice .... special effects
Don Post .... special makeup effects: pods and other props (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James V. King .... additional camera operator: final sequence (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Carmen Dragon .... conductor
Jerry Irvin .... music editor
 
Other crew
Irva Mae Ross .... script supervisor (as Irva Ross)
 
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Also Known As:
"Walter Wanger's Invasion of the Body Snatchers" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
80 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Perspecta Sound encoding) (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-12/9 | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1997) | USA:Approved (certificate #17567) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
Even though the film was "produced in Superscope"--according to the opening credits--and released in the 2.00:1 aspect ratio, it was actually shot with the spherical 1.85:1 aspect ratio in mind. The scope prints were created in the lab in post-production by cutting off the top and bottom of the image. Director Don Siegel protested the reformatting, to no avail.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Becky Driscoll parks the car in the used car lot, she hits the right side of the rear car bumper of the other car. You can hear the distinct sound of metal being crushed.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Miles J. Bennell:They're here already! You're next! You're next, You're next...!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1989)See more »

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26 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
The better one, 2 November 2004
Author: Bob Taylor (bob998@sympatico.ca) from Canada

This was the first part of a double bill with Phil Kaufman's remake as the follow-up. I'll say that Siegel is ten times the action director that Kaufman could ever dream of being, that the original Body Snatchers has a cool, thoughtful tone that makes the shock scenes even better. The remake, even though in color and with a bigger budget, is so nervous, so lacking in pace and mood, that your impulse is often to laugh instead of sinking deeper into your seat.

Take just one scene: Kevin McCarthy and Dana Wynter are barricaded in his office, trying to stay awake. Morning comes, and the weirdness begins; people shuffle towards the square to pick up their packages, the leaders calling out the districts. Now in daylight the suspense is made more potent, the threat to humans seems greater. Kaufman does this scene at night, losing the mundane horror that Siegel evokes so well. The studio imposed the flashback structure, having McCarthy brought in to talk to a therapist at the beginning and end of the picture. That's the only weakness in the story.

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