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Director:
Writers:
George Langelaan (story)
James Clavell (writer)
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Release Date:
1958 (Norway) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
If she looked upon the horror her husband had become... she would scream for the rest of her life! See more »
Plot:
A scientist has a horrific accident when he tries to use his newly invented teleportation device. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
A nightmare See more (100 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

David Hedison ... Andre Delambre (as Al Hedison)
Patricia Owens ... Helene Delambre

Vincent Price ... François Delambre
Herbert Marshall ... Insp. Charas

Kathleen Freeman ... Emma
Betty Lou Gerson ... Nurse Andersone
Charles Herbert ... Philippe Delambre
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eugene Borden ... Dr. Ejoute (uncredited)
Harry Carter ... Orderly (uncredited)
Arthur Dulac ... French Waiter (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Lady at the Ballet (uncredited)
Torben Meyer ... Gaston (uncredited)
Franz Roehn ... Police Doctor (uncredited)
Charles Tannen ... Doctor (uncredited)

Directed by
Kurt Neumann 
 
Writing credits
George Langelaan (story)

James Clavell (writer)

Produced by
Kurt Neumann .... producer
Robert L. Lippert .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Paul Sawtell 
 
Cinematography by
Karl Struss 
 
Film Editing by
Merrill G. White 
 
Art Direction by
Theobold Holsopple 
Lyle R. Wheeler 
 
Set Decoration by
Eli Benneche 
Walter M. Scott 
 
Costume Design by
Adele Balkan 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Gertsman .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Eugene Grossman .... sound
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
Don Isaacs .... sound editor (uncredited)
Dick Jensen .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
James B. Gordon .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... executive wardrobe designer (as Charles LeMaire)
 
Editorial Department
Leonard Doss .... color consultant
Orven Schanzer .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Kathleen Fagan .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer (uncredited)
Clarence Marks .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
94 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
3 Channel Stereo (RCA Sound Recording) (5.0) (L-R)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:12 | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:16 | Italy:16+ | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) | UK:PG (video re-rating) (2001) | USA:Approved (PCA #19036) | USA:TV-PG (tv rating) | West Germany:12 (f) (re-rating) | West Germany:16 (nf) (original rating)

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Trivia:
The teleportation that causes Andre and the fly to switch atoms is never seen.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: A fly's vision is not comprised of several different images like we see in the film.See more »
Quotes:
Andre Delambre:[about the cat killed by the transporter] She disintegrated perfectly, but never reappeared.
Helene Delambre:Where's she gone?
Andre Delambre:Into space... a stream of cat atoms...
[sighs]
Andre Delambre:It'd be funny if life weren't so sacred.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Munsters' Scary Little Christmas (1996) (TV)See more »

FAQ

What does Andre write onto the erased board?
What is 'The Fly' about?
Is it possible to read Langelaan's short story online?
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44 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
A nightmare, 22 June 2005
Author: drmality-1 (drmality@sbcglobal.net) from Illinoize

The "help me, help meeeee" scene revolted and scared me so much as a young child that it was years before I could see this movie again. Even now I cringe when I witness that nightmarish scene. As good as Cronenberg's movie is (and it is very good), there is nothing that surpasses the delirious horror of the man-fly in the spider's grasp.

Elsewhere, the movie is rather subdued. In some spots, almost too much so. Although the first revelation of The Fly's appearance is another classic spot...the multiple reflections was a great touch. Like all great monsters, the Fly has a very sympathetic edge to it. We are revolted by the horror of this monster but we feel overwhelming pity for him as well.

Vincent Price does a workman-like job in a rather blasé part. Usually he adds a special touch to a film, but really, any number of actors could have played his part here.

The scientific basis of this movie is pure rubbish, as there is no way that insect and human parts could biologically interact with each other. The result of such a mixture would be instantly dead in real life.

But that doesn't matter here. A nightmare has its own logic. And "The Fly" is a nightmare.

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