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Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  20 December 1978 (USA)
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In San Francisco, a group of people discover the human race is being replaced one by one, with clones devoid of emotion.

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The first remake of the paranoid infiltration classic moves the setting for the invasion from a small town to the city of San Fransisco and starts as Matthew Bennell notices that several of his friends are complaining that their close relatives are in some way different. When questioned later they themselves seem changed as they deny everything or make lame excuses. As the invaders increase in number they become more open and Bennell, who has by now witnessed an attempted "replacement" realises that he and his friends must escape or suffer the same fate. But who can he trust to help him and who has already been snatched? Written by Mark Thompson <mrt@oasis.icl.co.uk>

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Also Known As:

Los usurpadores de cuerpos  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)
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During the mud bath scene a man suggests that Nancy read a book titled "Worlds In Collision" by Immanuel Velikovsky. The book was published in 1950 and spent eleven weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list. However, the book was met with overwhelming rejection of its thesis by the scientific community. See more »

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The ship being loaded with pods was in dry dock, the entire propeller is clearly visible. Ships are not loaded in dry dock. See more »

Quotes

Matthew Bennell: [Bennell has just removed a small indistinct object from a stock pot with a pair of tweezers] What is that?
Cook: A caper.
Matthew Bennell: Nope.
Restaurant Owner: You presume to tell me what is in the stock?
Matthew Bennell: It's a rat turd.
Restaurant Owner: A what?
Matthew Bennell: A rat turd!
Restaurant Owner: [sniffs the "caper"] A caper!
Matthew Bennell: A rat turd.
Restaurant Owner: [sniffs again, now angry] A CAPER!
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They Get You When You Sleep
9 November 2008 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The employee of the Department of Public Health Elizabeth Driscoll (Brooke Adams) tells his friend and coworker, the field investigator Matthew Bennell (Donald Sutherland), that her boyfriend Dr. Geoffrey Howell (Art Hindle) is not the same person, having a different behavior. Matthew suggests Elizabeth to pay a visit to his friend, the renowned Dr. David Kibner (Leonard Nimoy). They meet him in a lecture and he tries to convince her that she has some emotional problem with Geoffrey, while Elizabeth notes that other people are having the same complaint. When Matthew's friends Nancy (Veronica Cartwright) and Jack Bellicec (Jeff Goldblum) find a clone of Jack in their medical mud business, they call Matthew and he immediately seeks out Elizabeth. He breaks in her house and finds a clone of her. The quartet discovers that people are being replaced by exact emotionless replicas using plants that get them when they sleep.

Don Siegel's" Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (1956) is one of the best and most scary sci-fi ever. This remake is also great, with an update of the original story with stunning special effects for a 1978 movie. Further, it is a tribute to Don Siegel and Kevin McCarthy, with their cameo. My vote is eight.

"Title (Brazil): "Os Invasores de Corpos" ("The Bodies Invaders")


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