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Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) Poster

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Dr. Miles J. Bennell: In my practice, I've seen how people have allowed their humanity to drain away. Only it happened slowly instead of all at once. They didn't seem to mind... All of us - a little bit - we harden our hearts, grow callous. Only when we have to fight to stay human do we realize how precious it is to us, how dear.

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Dr. Miles J. Bennell: They're here already! You're next! You're next, You're next...!

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[last lines]

Dr. Hill: Get on your radios and sound an all points alarm. Block all highways, stop all traffic, and call every law enforcement agency in the state.

[on phone]

Dr. Hill: Operator, get me the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Yes, it's an emergency!

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Dr. Miles J. Bennell: I've been afraid a lot of times in my life. But I didn't know the real meaning of fear until... until I had kissed Becky.

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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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Becky: Is this an example of your bedside manner, doctor?

Dr. Miles J. Bennell: No, ma'am. That comes later.

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Dr. Dan 'Danny' Kauffman: Love, desire, ambition, faith - without them, life's so simple, believe me.

Dr. Miles J. Bennell: I don't want any part of it.

Dr. Dan 'Danny' Kauffman: You're forgetting something, Miles.

Dr. Miles J. Bennell: What's that?

Dr. Dan 'Danny' Kauffman: You have no choice.

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Charlie: Give up! You can't get away from us! We're not gonna hurt you!

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Dr. Dan 'Danny' Kauffman: The mind is a strange and wonderful thing. I'm not sure it will ever be able to figure itself out. Everything else maybe, from the atom to the universe. Everything except itself.

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Becky: I don't want to live in a world without love or grief or beauty, I'd rather die.

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Charlie: [mob chases Miles to the highway] Let him go. Nobody will ever believe him.

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[from trailer]

Dr. Miles J. Bennell: Listen to me! Please listen! If you don't, if you won't, if you fail to understand, then the same incredible terror that's menacing me WILL STRIKE AT YOU!

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Stanley Driscoll: Is the baby asleep yet, Sally?

Nurse Sally Withers: No, but she will be soon. And there'll be no more tears.

Stanley Driscoll: Shall I put this in her room?

[referring to the alien seed pod he is carrying]

Nurse Sally Withers: Yes, in her playpen.

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Dr. Miles J. Bennell: This is the oddest thing I've ever heard of. Let's hope we don't catch it. I'd hate to wake up some morning and find out that you weren't you.

Becky: [laughs] I'm not the high school kid you used to romance, so how can you tell?

Dr. Miles J. Bennell: You really want to know?

Becky: Mmm-hmm.

Dr. Miles J. Bennell: [after kissing her] Mmmm, you're Becky Driscoll, all right!

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Dr. Miles J. Bennell: Drugs dull the mind - maybe that's the reason.

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Dr. Miles J. Bennell: And so I ran. I ran, I ran, I ran! I ran as little Jimmy Grimaldi ran the other day.

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Wilma Lentz: There's no emotion. None. Just the pretense of it. The words, the gesture, the tone of voice, everything else is the same, but not the feeling.

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Dr. Miles J. Bennell: [having returned from finding that large numbers of pods are being grown in greenhouses, to Becky who, exhausetd, had fallen asleep in his absence] I've been afraid a lot of times in my life, but I didn't know the real meaning of fear until... until I had kissed Becky.

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Becky: Miles, why don't you call Danny? Maybe he can help.

Dr. Miles J. Bennell: Danny? No. The way he was behaving last night... I'm afraid it's too late to call Danny too.

Becky: Well, what are you going to do?

Dr. Miles J. Bennell: Get help. I hope whatever's taking place is confined to Santa Mira!

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Dr. Miles J. Bennell: [Upon learning that Becky is also divorced] Well, I guess that makes us Lodge Brothers now...

Becky: Yes.

Dr. Miles J. Bennell: Except that I'm paying dues while you collect them.

Becky: [laughing] Oh, Miles!

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Jack Belicec: Stop trying to rationalize everything, will ya? Let's face it, we have a mystery on our hands!

Dr. Dan 'Danny' Kauffman: Sure you have. A real one! Whose body was it, and where is it now? A completely normal mystery. Whatever it is, it's well within the bounds of human experience, and I don't think you ought to make any more of it.

Dr. Miles J. Bennell: Look, I wouldn't if I hadn't looked in Becky's cellar! How do you explain away the body I saw there?

Dr. Dan 'Danny' Kauffman: I don't think you saw one there.

Dr. Miles J. Bennell: You don't think I saw one here, either?

Dr. Dan 'Danny' Kauffman: I know you did because three others saw it too.

Dr. Miles J. Bennell: But I dreamed up the second one?

Dr. Dan 'Danny' Kauffman: Doctors can have hallucinations too.

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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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Becky: They're like huge seed pods!

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Becky: I can't do it, I can't, can't, can't go on.

Dr. Miles J. Bennell: Yes, you can.

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Dr. Miles J. Bennell: Will you tell these people I'm not crazy?

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Dr. Miles J. Bennell: [cautiously] Who are you?

Dr. Hill: I'm Dr. Hill, from the state mental hospita...

Dr. Miles J. Bennell: I AM NOT INSANE!

[guards grab him]

Dr. Hill: Let him go!

Dr. Miles J. Bennell: Listen, Doctor, now you must listen to me, you must understand me, I'm a doctor too, I am not insane! I am NOT insane!

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Dr. Miles J. Bennell: [grabs Dr. Bassett] Doctor! Will you tell these fools I am NOT crazy? Make them listen to me while there's still time!

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Dr. Miles J. Bennell: Well, it started, for me it started last Thursday. In response to an urgent message from my nurse I'd hurried home from a medical convention I'd been attending. At first glance, everything looked the same. It wasn't. Something evil had taken possession of the town.

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Dr. Miles J. Bennell: What'll you have? We're pushing appendectomies this week.

[Becky laughs]

Dr. Miles J. Bennell: I don't know, maybe I clown around too much, pretty soon my patients won't trust me to prescribe aspirin for them. Seriously, what's the trouble?

Becky: It's my cousin.

Dr. Miles J. Bennell: Wilma? What's the matter?

Becky: She has a, well I guess you call it a delusion, you know her uncle, Uncle Ira?

Dr. Miles J. Bennell: Sure, I'm his doctor.

Becky: Well Miles, she's got herself thinking he isn't her uncle.

Dr. Miles J. Bennell: How do you mean? That they're not really related?

Becky: No, she thinks he's an impostor or something, someone who only looks like Ira.

Dr. Miles J. Bennell: Have you seen him?

Becky: I just came from there.

Dr. Miles J. Bennell: Well, is he Uncle Ira or isn't he Uncle Ira?

Becky: Of course he is, I told Wilma that but it was no use.

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Dr. Miles J. Bennell: Isn't this Jimmy Grimaldi?

Grandma Grimaldi: Yes, Doctor, can I talk to you a moment?

Dr. Miles J. Bennell: Sure.

[to Jimmy]

Dr. Miles J. Bennell: You know I almost ran you down this morning? You've got to be more careful.

[Jimmy breaks away and runs, Sally catches him]

Dr. Miles J. Bennell: Hey! Hey hey hey hey hey, slow down now, school isn't as bad as all that.

Grandma Grimaldi: School isn't what upsets him, it's my daughter-in-law. He's got the craziest idea she isn't his mother.

Jimmy Grimaldi: [in hysterics] She isn't! She isn't! Don't let her get me!

Nurse Sally Withers: No one's going to get you, Jimmy.

[Jimmy sobs hysterically]

Dr. Miles J. Bennell: How long has this been going on?

Grandma Grimaldi: An hour ago I found him hiding in the cellar having hysterics, he wouldn't tell me anything until I started to phone his mother. That's when he said Anna wasn't his mother.

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Dr. Miles J. Bennell: Even these days, it isn't as easy to go crazy as you might think. But you don't have to be losing your mind to need psychiatric help.

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