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The Body Stealers (1969)

A British military paratrooper disappears in mid-air during a jump from an army plane. Two investigators, Patrick Allen and Neil Connery, try to unravel how this happened. What they uncover... See full summary »

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General Armstrong
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Dr. Matthews
Patrick Allen ...
Bob Megan
Neil Connery ...
Jim Radford
Robert Flemyng ...
Wing Commander Baldwin
Lorna Wilde ...
Lorna
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Hindesmith
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Lt. Bailes
Sally Faulkner ...
Joanna
Shelagh Fraser ...
Mrs. Thatcher
Carl Rigg ...
Pilot Officer Briggs
Carol Hawkins ...
Paula (as Carolanne Hawkings)
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Pilot
Brian Harrison ...
Pilot
Dixon Adams ...
David
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A British military paratrooper disappears in mid-air during a jump from an army plane. Two investigators, Patrick Allen and Neil Connery, try to unravel how this happened. What they uncover is an alien plot to steal the bodies of earthlings by snatching them out of the air. Written by Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

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Can the Earth survive against the aliens from outer space?

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April 1969 (USA)  »

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Invasion of the Body Stealers  »

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When the aliens' spaceship appears, the model used is the same one from Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (1966) but repainted in a lighter shade. See more »

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When Allen is about to jump from the Dragon Rapide aircraft, the shot goes to the cockpit of the aircraft and the altimeter clearly indicates 0 ft. The radio conversation states the plane is at 11,000ft but the shot from the ground show an aircraft at only about 2000ft and the reverse shot from the AC the height seems even lower. See more »

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References Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (1966) See more »

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Dreadful slice of science fiction.
31 December 2003 | by (Todmorden, England) – See all my reviews

The Body Stealers (a.k.a Thin Air) is truly one of the most dreadful movies you'll ever have the misfortune to see. Simply because there are some notable names on the cast list, you mustn't think that it is remotely good. Everyone in this movie must have needed some fast cash to clear their debts. How else can you explain such a strong cast being lured into such an obvious bomb? OK, that's a bit cynical - nobody actually sets out to make a bad film

  • but whatever the original intentions were, the resulting film is an utter


loss.

It's a science fiction story in which the military investigates several cases of parachutists vanishing in mid-air. For the first ten minutes, the peculiar mystery promises to build up to an intriguing resolution, but the promise rapidly evaporates as it becomes apparent that the answers are going to be childish rather than ingenious.

This is hilariously bad, to such an extent that it makes even the worst episode of Doctor Who look like it had high production values! You'd have to be a disturbed eight year old to figure out what the hell is going on as the solution draws close. Still, why worry about it when clearly the actors involved don't look interested either? One interesting thing about the film is the inclusion of Neil Connery (Sean's brother) in a significant role... believe me when I say this guy is no actor!


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