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Invasion of the Body Snatchers -- A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates.
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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

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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 in Framing Sequences (uncredited)

Richard Deacon ... Dr. Harvey Bassett in Framing Sequences (uncredited)

Frank Hagney ... Townsman (uncredited)
Robert Osterloh ... Ambulance Driver in Framing Sequences (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)
Walter Wanger .... 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 | Australia:A (original rating) | 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:
Production Designer Ted Haworth was worried that studio executives would object to the "nudity" of the pod likenesses. Don Siegel reminded him that Hollywood executives were all pods and, as such, had no real feeling about anything, including nudity. One executive, however, voiced strong objections and ordered Siegel to eliminate any nudity from the picture. Siegel returned to Haworth and told him to continue as planned. "I was sure that before the impressions were made, this executive would have become a pod, too," he said in his autobiography. At any rate, the issue was fairly moot; the pod replicas are revealed under foaming soap bubbles that manage to keep any overt nudity concealed.See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: Upon discovering two pods in the trunk of his car after visiting the gas station, the hero pulls them from the trunk and sets them on fire with a highway flare whereupon they burst into flame. Nowhere else in the film is there any suggestion that these pods are flammable nor would they be if germinating into a human replica.See more »
Quotes:
Ambulance Driver:We had to dig him out from under the most peculiar things I ever saw.
Dr. Hill:What things?
Ambulance Driver:Well, I don't know what they are; I never saw them before. They looked like great big seed pods.
Dr. Hill:Where was the truck coming from?
Ambulance Driver:Santa Mira.
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36 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
One Word Only......Masterpiece!, 31 October 1999

Invasion of the Body Snatchers is the quintessential sci-fi film of the 50s, praying on the particular fears and paranoias of the time as well as more basic, instinctual phobias within each of us. The story is simple enough about a benevolent, intellectual doctor returning from vacation only to find that some weird, unexplainable feelings have been generated in the small town of Santa Mira. Some people say that relatives are not who they seem to be, despite being exact duplicates physically and mentally. This leads to one discovery to another for the good doctor, his girl, and two friends, and what we have through each discovery is one more piece to the puzzle that an alien presence is at work. What makes this film so successful is the pace and frantic mood it creates. We are caught up in Dr. Bennel's work, his fears and anxieties, his discoveries, and his uncovering of the truth. We feel confined, betrayed, and even suspicious of everything he encounters. Credit for this certainly must go to director Don Siegel and his outstanding ability to create this almost claustrophobic atmosphere, as well as to Kevin McCarthy who does an outstanding job playing the doctor. There are scenes in this film that live on long after viewing it...and the last one in particular has forever been etched into my mind. For a good fright, see Invasion of the Body Snatchers...They're here! They're here!

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