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The Fly (1986)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  15 August 1986 (USA)
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A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong.

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Storyline

Seth Brundle, a brilliant but eccentric scientist attempts to woo investigative journalist Veronica Quaife by offering her a scoop on his latest research in the field of matter transportation, which against all the expectations of the scientific establishment have proved successful. Up to a point. Brundle thinks he has ironed out the last problem when he successfully transports a living creature, but when he attempts to teleport himself a fly enters one of the transmission booths, and Brundle finds he is a changed man. This Science-Gone-Mad film is the source of the quotable quote "Be afraid. Be very afraid." Written by Mark Thompson <mrt@oasis.icl.co.uk>

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Something went wrong in the lab today. Very wrong. See more »

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15 August 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$37,585,252 (USA)
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Trivia

Screenwriter Charles Edward Pogue wrote the first draft of the script. When David Cronenberg was hired as director, one condition was that he be able to rewrite the script to his satisfaction. Cronenberg substantially altered the characters (and their names), the dialogue, and much of the plot. However, key details from Pogue's script (the fusion of man and fly and details of the metamorphosis) were retained. See more »

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When the first baboon arrives in Telepod #2 he hits against the glass door of the pod, leaving a bloody mark. In a subsequent shot the amount of blood has significantly increased and the shape of the mark is different too. See more »

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[first lines]
Seth Brundle: What am I working on? Uhh... I'm working on something that will change the world, and human life as we know it.
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The background for the opening titles consists of an optically distorted, swirling mass of colors, which gradually transform into the opening shot of the film. This is a representation of how biologists believe a fly's vision would appear to a human. See more »

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A very terrible film to see…

David Cronenberg's version of "The Fly" has little in common with Kurt Neumann's 1958 film of the same title, one of the cheaply made 'creature-features' of the 1950s… Instead, it reveals many of the director's obsessions…

Jeff Goldblum is Seth Brundle, a Mad Scientist who is working on 'teleporting', a means of transporting objects through space… Geena Davis is Veronica Quaife, a magazine writer who becomes interested in his work, and in him… They start an affair, but Seth believes Veronica is still seeing her former lover… In a rage he tries to transport himself, and his genes become caught up with a fly that gets into the machine… Slowly Seth takes on the features of an insect…

As in other Cronenberg's films, sexuality is seen as a dangerous force that leads to disaster… Seth cannot get his amazing machine to transport living creatures until he has experienced the delights of sex with Veronica, but then almost immediately his jealousy leads more like a fly he develops a raging libido; the more physically repulsive he is, the more he wants sex…

Like many successful films of the 1980s, "The Fly" is a hybrid, fusing elements of both horror and science fiction… Considering that the plot is from the latter genre, the elements of fear and disgust with the human body are traditional to horror… Both genres, as this film will illustrate, benefited greatly from the increasing sophistication of contemporary special effects technique, and the make-up abilities… The success of the film led to sequel in 1989, in which the son of Seth and Veronica begins to display familiar symptoms…


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