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Director:
Writers:
Jack Finney (novel)
W.D. Richter (screenplay)
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Release Date:
20 December 1978 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Get some sleep See more »
Plot:
In San Francisco, a group of people discover the human race is being replaced one by one, with clones devoid of emotion. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
4 wins & 9 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
One of the very best alien invasion movies...it still is! See more (157 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Philip Kaufman 
 
Writing credits
Jack Finney (novel "The Body Snatchers")

W.D. Richter (screenplay)

Produced by
Robert H. Solo .... producer
 
Original Music by
Denny Zeitlin 
 
Cinematography by
Michael Chapman (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Douglas Stewart 
 
Casting by
Mary Goldberg 
 
Production Design by
Charles Rosen 
 
Set Decoration by
Doug von Koss 
 
Costume Design by
Aggie Guerard Rodgers  (as Agnes Anne Rogers)
 
Makeup Department
Thomas R. Burman .... makeup artist (as Thomas Burman)
Edouard F. Henriques .... makeup artist (as Edouard Henriques)
Edie Panda .... hair stylist
Bob Westmoreland .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Alan Levine .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jim Bloom .... first assistant director
Toby Lovallo .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Sherman Labby .... production illustrator
Michael O'Donnell .... assistant property master
Holly Walker .... assistant property master
Burt C. Wiley .... property master (as Burt Wiley)
Dale Woodall .... construction coordinator
Dale Haugo .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Ken Sly .... carpenter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Mark Berger .... supervising re-recording mixer
Ben Burtt .... special sound effects
Susan R. Crutcher .... stereo sound effects recordist (as Susan Crutcher)
Bonnie Koehler .... supervising sound editor
John Nutt .... sound editor
Steve Powell .... boom operator (as Stephen Powell)
Art Rochester .... production sound mixer
Art Rochester .... sound
Andy Wiskes .... sound re-recording mixer
Andy Wiskes .... stereo sound effects recordist
Barbara McBane .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Russel Hessey .... special effects (as Russ Hessey)
Dell Rheaume .... special effects
 
Stunts
David R. Ellis .... stunt coordinator (as David Ellis)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan S. Blauvelt .... second assistant camera (as Allan Blauvelt)
Dustin Blauvelt .... first assistant camera (as Dusty Blauvelt)
Dick Dova .... key grip (as Dick Dova Spah)
Wynn Hammer .... still photographer
Leo Loverro .... dolly grip
Joe R. Marquette Jr. .... camera operator (as Joe Marquette)
George Michael Pantages .... head electrician
Louis Niemeyer .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Bill Pelkey .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mary Elizabeth Still .... assistant costumer (as Mary Still)
 
Editorial Department
Norman Mau .... apprentice editor
 
Music Department
Julian Bream .... musician: solo guitar, "De la Tromba Pavin"
Jerry Garcia .... musician: banjo
Ving Hershon .... music editor
Roger Kellaway .... conductor
Greig McRitchie .... orchestrator
Phill Sawyer .... music production coordinator
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
John Blowitz .... unit publicist
Patrick Burns .... production assistant
Ron Dexter .... space sequence
Allen Pettigrew .... location manager
Howard Preston .... space sequence
Alice Tompkins .... script supervisor
Joan Wellman .... production secretary
Bret Culpepper .... owner: "Misty" (uncredited)
Bret Culpepper .... trainer: "Misty" (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
115 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Stereo (Dolby Stereo)
Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:14+ (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 (2000) (uncut) (DVD) | Finland:K-16 (1987) (cut) (video) | Finland:K-18 (1979) (uncut) | France:-12 | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:16 (orginal rating) | Norway:15 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:PG (certificate #25153) | West Germany:16
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Trivia:
Donald Sutherland insisted on performing his own stunts in the film's climax. His scenes at the pod factory were filmed without harnesses or nets. In the shot of a fireball erupting from the factory, Sutherland barely missed it. However, an extra missed his cue and was seriously injured from the explosion.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: The cameraman is reflected in the phone booth window while Matthew Bennell is inside.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. David Kibner:Face it, Bellicec, you got some friends who enjoy playing practical jokes.
Jack Bellicec:I don't have any friends, Dr. Kibner.
Dr. David Kibner:Then, some enemies.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Amazing GraceSee more »

FAQ

What is the book in the mud bath scene?
Why do the pod people shriek?
Was Kibner already podded at the book signing?
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41 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
One of the very best alien invasion movies...it still is!, 17 June 2006
Author: Boba_Fett1138 from Groningen, The Netherlands

You gotta love the '70's! It was really the golden age of cinema. '70's movies were real, gritty, they had a sense of realism, had an unusual and often revolutionary style of movie-making. Many of the best movies ever made are from the '70's. Not sure if "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" classifies as one of THE best movies ever but it certainly is one of the very best alien invasion movies ever made and therefor remains still one of the very best movies out of its genre.

The realism turns out to be a perfect combination with the horror and science-fiction elements in the movie. It makes the movie haunting and makes us really feel with all of the characters. Their fear becomes sensible and their actions understandable. Nothing 'big' or 'impressive' is ever shown and very little is explained in the movie. The movie and how the events unravel are totally told from the main characters view point. None of the main characters are 'heroes' and instead they are just normal every day persons. Those two elements are the main reason why this movie is so realistic and haunting to watch. It also is the reason why alien invasion movies made present day fail to impress ("Independence Day", Spielberg's "War of the Worlds") They are all told 'big', with special effects and lots of violence with big name actors in them. They are made for entertainment and most of them surely also work well as entertainment, especially in my opinion "Independence Day" which I, unlike many others, find to be a very entertaining and good movie to watch. Those movies are surely good and entertaining enough and its not the cast or crews fault that those recent movies fail to impress the general audience, it's just that those movies were made in the wrong decade and it misses the '70's touch that makes the movies so gritty, raw and realistic to watch.

"Invasion of the Body Snatchers" is told slow and things happen in a low pace. Since nothing is really explained as the movie unravels, you never really fully understand what is happening and why. It gives the movie an almost paranoid kind of atmosphere, which helps to make this movie more of an horror movie than a science-fiction movie, even though the story itself is obviously fictional. The story to be honest is quite far fetched and perhaps even ridicules at moments but due to the realistic and slow way it is told, none of this matters. It helps to make this movie one of the most haunting ones ever created, also due to its unforgettable haunting ending that is one of the very best out of cinema history, it really is!

The typical unusual '70's cinematography is from Michael Chapman. Leave it up to Chapman to give a movie a realistic look and feeling. ("Taxi Driver", "Raging Bull", "The Fugitive")

The cast of the movie is great. Like every good genre movie from the '70's, it has Donald Sutherland in the main lead. He plays an average, not perfect guy, which again adds to the realism and our involvement with the character. Other fine roles are being played by Veronica Cartwright, Leonard Nimoy and Jeff Goldblum in one of his first really big role.

"Invasion of the Body Snatchers" is way more than just another average, unlikely alien invasion movie. It's brilliantly told, crafted, acted, thoughtful, haunting and realistic. '70's film-making at its very best and it makes this movie still one of the very best out of its genre.

10/10

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Scarriest movie I'd ever seen as a kid. DreamCatcher7
Veronica Cartwright's character somehow NOT transformed at end of film MovieMystic13
Becoming a pod is the right choice. Humans are the anti-heroes here. forever_mclaren
Scariest scenes! crzycajun35
Possible outcome after the ending? (SPOILERS, obviously) ReelingAroundTheFountain
What is the classical music in the mud bath scene? claudelalande
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