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Jack Finney (novel)
W.D. Richter (screenplay)
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Release Date:
20 December 1978 (USA) See more »
Get some sleep See more »
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 »
4 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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Excellent remake of the 1950s paranoid classic. ALMOST as good as the original. See more (166 total) »


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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
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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115 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Sound Mix:
Stereo (Dolby Stereo)
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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The leather half-glove that Leonard Nimoy's character wears was deliberately used for the sole purpose of making the character more distinctive and recognizable. Nimoy got the idea from a friend who wore it to cover a burn on his hand.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: Early in the film when Geoffrey and Elizabeth are talking and we only see their reflections. Geoffrey's mouth isn't movingSee more »
Elizabeth Driscoll:I hate you.
Dr. David Kibner:There's no need for hate now. Or love.
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36 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
Excellent remake of the 1950s paranoid classic. ALMOST as good as the original., 25 April 2003
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

The original 'Invasion Of The Body Snatchers' is one of my favourite thrillers of all time, and a very hard movie to top. I'm always sceptical about remakes of classic horror and SF films, but this version by Philip Kaufman is much better than one would expect, and ALMOST as good as the original. I still think Don Siegel's version is the best because it really evokes small town life in middle America, and that makes the horror and suspense all the more effective. Kaufman transplants the setting to San Francisco and the big city location means it loses its sense of intimacy and community, and instead has more of an alienated urban feel to it. But it's still an excellent movie, and along with Cronenberg's 'The Fly' and Carpenter's 'The Thing' the most successful remake of a 1950s horror classic to date. What really helps this movie is the cast. Donald Sutherland, one of the 1970s most interesting and intelligent actors, is excellent in the main role, played by Kevin McCarthy in the first film. And the lovely Brooke Adams ('Days Of Heaven', 'The Dead Zone', 'The Unborn') is first rate as the main female lead, her role being much more substantial than Dan Wynter's in the original. I've had a major crush on Adams ever since I first saw this movie. She is beautiful but goofy and I really thought she was going to be a major star. The supporting cast is excellent, led by the wonderful Jeff Goldblum and 'Alien's Veronica Cartwright, and of course Leonard Nimoy, in his most memorable non-Trek role. Also keep an eye out for cameos by the star and director of the original version (Kevin McCarthy and Don 'Dirty Harry' Siegel), and a very brief but eerie one by Robert Duvall! 'Invasion Of The Body Snatchers' is a superb example of how to remake a horror classic, and is one of the creepiest and most nerve-wracking thrillers of the 1970s. I highly recommend it and the original 'Body Snatchers', they are two of the scariest movies ever made!

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