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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:
Alive and richly done, with some great performances! See more (151 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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Veronica Cartwright also appears in the remake The Invasion (2007/I).See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: When pods attack Matthew and the others at Matthew's house, four bodies form in the yard, yet Nancy isn't asleep. She's shown wide awake, and she's the one who wakes the others when she goes outside and sees the bodies growing. If the pods can only attack when the human victim is asleep, there should have only been three bodies.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. David Kibner:Elizabeth, could you please tell me, in your opinion, what is going on?
Elizabeth Driscoll:People are being duplicated. And once it happens to you, you're part of this... thing. It almost happened to me!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Messengers (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
De La Tromba PavinSee more »

FAQ

What is 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' about?
What is the book in the mud bath scene?
Was Kibner already podded at the book signing?
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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Alive and richly done, with some great performances!, 9 October 2010
Author: secondtake from United States

Invasion of the Body Snatcher (1978)

The original 1950s version of this movie is such a favorite of mine, I hesitated to watch this one. But fear not. This is great, too. It's got the same theme, but very richly and creatively rendered, some superb photography, great night stuff, and most importantly, great acting by the key 3 or 4 people.

Director Philip Kaufman works sporadically as director and writer (he hit it big with "Raiders of the Lost Ark") and he clearly has a unique and somewhat fearless vision that remains rooted in Hollywood sensibilities. That is, this is no independent film, yet it's creative.

And it's scary. Between the development of fear over the actual biological invasion, and the old fashioned chase and hide sequences, this is a tense movie. But yet it's convincing, given the realistic, nuanced acting by the main couple, Donald Sutherland (as a Health Department official) and Brooke Adams (as a lab analyst in the same department). Of course, what happens isn't believable at all, somehow, but it's so close to feasible, and in fact so close to what we live with already (some people without feelings, out for themselves, part of a conspiracy, etc.), it isn't hard to pull it off.

Cinematographer Michael Chapman is about as good as it gets in the Hollywood vein, polished and with amazing, varied lighting (he also did "Raging Bull," "The Fugitive," and "Taxi Driver," for starters). So this movie works on every level. The one thing it isn't, of course, is original, but as a remake, we have to take it for how it handles it, 1970s style. Impressive.

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