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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 »
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User Reviews:
Excellent take on a brilliant story 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 (Technicolor)
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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:
Robert Duvall, who had previously worked with Director Philip Kaufman on _The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (1972)_, happened to be in San Francisco at the time of filming and shot his only scene for free.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: The cameraman is reflected in the phone booth window while Matthew Bennell is inside.See more »
Quotes:
Elizabeth Driscoll:[Matthew finds that she has fallen asleep and has become a pod] There's nothing to be afraid of. They were right. It's painless. It's good. Come. Sleep. Matthew.
[Matthew begins to back away]
Elizabeth Driscoll:Matthew. Matthew!
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23 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Excellent take on a brilliant story, 8 February 2005
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

Phillip Kaufman's adaptation of Jack Finney's classic novel had a lot to live up to after the classic 1956 take on it - and I think it lived up to expectations. Though not as great as the more politically orientated original, Kaufman's film is still a lesson in suspense and the central story has lost none of the intrigue that it captured in the original. The story follows an alien life form that has come from outer space and taken residence here on earth. Not content with living in sibilance with humans, the aliens become 'body snatchers' and make duplications of people while they're sleeping. These duplicates take the original host's place and are everything their originals were, only all forms of emotion vanish. Our story takes focus on Martin and Elizabeth, two workers at the US Health Department. After taking home a supposedly new type of flower, Elizabeth finds her boyfriend acting strangely and later discovers that she's not the only one with relatives who aren't quite themselves...

This film works because of a constant sense of paranoia. In the 1950's, this was tied in with the then 'reds under the beds' idea of communism spreading through capitalist America. This film seems to have dispensed with that idea, which gives way to more opportunity for sci-fi horror, which is more than welcome in my opinion. The special effects on display are bold and lavish, and therefore exciting to watch. They are a little hokey, but still not bad at all - the parts where you see the alien duplicate forming are fantastically gruesome, and also rather frightening. The whole idea of the film is frightening, even in spite of the fact that it ever happening is very unlikely. The idea that an alien race can take over almost an entire city in one night, and without anyone realising it, is not one that I'd like to have if I was a paranoid conspiracy theorist! Then there's the notion that they'll get you if you sleep as it's like one man in the film says..."gotta sleep sometime". Invasion of the Body Snatchers is also notable for featuring a great cast, which not only includes the excellent Donald Sutherland and the beautiful Brooke Adams, but also Jeff Goldblum (in his first of two successfully good remakes) and Leonard Nimoy, a.k.a. Captain Spock from Star Trek. Also watch out for cameos from original Invasion of the Body Snatchers director Don Siegel and said film's star.

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