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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.
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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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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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One of the scariest sci-fi films of the 1950s. See more (205 total) »


  (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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80 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Perspecta Sound encoding) (Western Electric Recording)
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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The last sequence was shot, not on the actual Hollywood Freeway, but on a little used cross-bridge. The cars were driven by stunt drivers. Don Siegel said later that Kevin McCarthy was in real danger of getting hit, because the sequence was shot at dawn and he was near complete exhaustion.See more »
Continuity: As the posse runs through Bronson Cave, after the policeman stops on the planks, says his lines, and then runs ahead, look closely for the man in the white shirt: it looks like he fell down onto the planks before the shot ended.See more »
Dr. Harvey Bassett:Oh, Doctor Hill.
Dr. Hill:Dr. Basset. Well, where's the patient?
Dr. Harvey Bassett:I hated to drag you out of bed at this time of night.
Dr. Harvey Bassett:[screaming from behind door] Will you let me go while there's still time?
Dr. Harvey Bassett:[to Dr. Hill] You'll soon see why I did.
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43 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
One of the scariest sci-fi films of the 1950s., 15 December 2003
Author: Bruce Cook ( from Fayetteville, GA

A chilling motion picture, well directed by Don Sigel, with a script co-written by Daniel Mainwaring and (uncredited) Sam Peckinpah, based on the novel "The Body Snatchers" (aka "Sleep No More") by Jack Finney.

The excellent musical score is by Carmen Dragon. Kevin McCarthy and Dana Wynter head the cast of this four-star classic in which the inhabitants of a small California town are being replaced by alien look-alikes. The aliens come to Earth in the form of "seed pods" that burst open and spew out a foam which grows into human duplicates, complete with all the memories of the original. The best scene in the film takes place in a greenhouse where several alien pods burst open and disgorge the half-formed copies of the horrified humans.

A prologue, a new ending, and a voice over-narration were added after the film's initial release, to help the audience follow the strange plot. In the added scenes, the story opens with Kevin McCarthy being brought into a hospital, raving about alien invaders. Two doctors (Whit Bissell and Richard Deacon) listen to McCarthy's strange story, which the audience sees as a flashback. At the end of he movie the doctors are understandably skeptical about McCarthy's weird yarn, but an unexpected event lends credence to his story.

Many film reviewers criticize these added scenes as unnecessary, an unwise attempt to conclude the story with a happier ending. But these scenes serve a valuable purpose, increasing the viewers sympathy for McCarthy and his efforts to convince someone that mankind is in danger. The alleged "happier ending" does not establish that mankind will win the battle against the aliens. It simply implies a Chapter Two in this epic struggle. Mankind will have a fighting chance in the war, but the outcome is definitely open to debate.

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