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The Fly -- In a remake of the 1958 cult classic, a young scientist transforms himself into a fly in an experiment gone horribly wrong. 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.
The Fly -- Trailer for this remake
The Fly -- Mukha is the nickname of Vera Mukhina, a 16-year old schoolgirl from a small Russian town. She has lived alone since her mother died, taken up boxing and never asked anyone for help. One day a man comes into her life and tells her he is her father.
The Fly -- Mukha is the nickname of Vera Mukhina, a 16-year old schoolgirl from a small Russian town. She has lived alone since her mother died, taken up boxing and never asked anyone for help. One day a man comes into her life and tells her he is her father.
The Fly -- 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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George Langelaan (short story)
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Release Date:
15 August 1986 (USA) See more »
Something went wrong in the lab today. Very wrong. See more »
A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
David Cronenberg 
Writing credits
George Langelaan (short story)

Charles Edward Pogue (screenplay) and
David Cronenberg (screenplay)

Produced by
Marc Boyman .... co-producer
Stuart Cornfeld .... producer
Kip Ohman .... co-producer
Original Music by
Howard Shore 
Cinematography by
Mark Irwin 
Film Editing by
Ronald Sanders 
Casting by
Deirdre Bowen 
Production Design by
Carol Spier 
Art Direction by
Rolf Harvey 
Set Decoration by
Elinor Rose Galbraith 
Costume Design by
Denise Cronenberg 
Makeup Department
Shonagh Jabour .... makeup artist
Ivan Lynch .... hair stylist
Production Management
David Coatsworth .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Board .... first assistant director
Tom Quinn .... third assistant director
Patricia Rozema .... third assistant director
Kim H. Winther .... second assistant director
Art Department
Marc Corriveau .... property master
Joe Curtin .... construction manager
Danielle Fleury .... set dresser
Ian Fraser .... head carpenter
Paul Hotte .... assistant props
Gary Jack .... set dresser
Nick Kosonic .... scenic artist
James McAteer .... set designer
Harold Michelson .... art department visual consultant
Nancey Pankiw .... first assistant art director
Ian Wheatley .... assistant set dresser
Sound Department
Terry Burke .... foley artist
Richard Cadger .... dialogue editor
Pat Calvert .... assistant sound editor
Bryan Day .... production sound
David Evans .... supervising sound editor
Michael Followes .... assistant sound editor
David Giammarco .... assistant sound editor
Wayne Griffin .... supervising sound editor
Gerry Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael LaCroix .... production sound
Robin Leigh .... adr editor
Susan Maggi .... assistant sound editor
Sandra Moffat .... assistant sound editor
Steve Munro .... assistant sound editor
Robin O'Donoghue .... sound re-recording mixer
Jane Tattersall .... sound effects editor
Don White .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Don White .... foley recording mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Louis Craig .... special effects
Ted Ross .... special effects
Chris Walas .... creature effects
Clark Johnson .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Michael Bigelow .... motion control supervisor
Dennis Dorney .... optical compositing
Michael Ferriter .... optical compositing
Robert Hall .... optical compositing
Fred Iguchi .... motion control supervisor
Lesley Mallgrave .... visual effects coordinator
William Reilly .... motion control technician
Lee Wilson .... computer and video effects supervisor
Hoyt Yeatman .... visual effects supervisor
James Balsam .... motion control camera operator (uncredited)
Tom Bisogno .... CG animation (uncredited)
Paul Griffin .... senior animator (uncredited)
Dwayne McLean .... stunt coordinator
Brent Meyer .... stunt double: Brundle
Camera and Electrical Department
Scotty Allan .... gaffer
Sam Bojin .... second electrician
Charlotte Disher .... camera apprentice
Attila Dory .... still photographer
David Hynes .... dolly grip
Mark Manchester .... key grip
Marvin Midwicki .... first assistant camera
Robin Miller .... additional photographer
Donna Mobbs .... second assistant camera
Ronald G. Paulauskas .... assistant key grip
Don Payne .... grip
Kenneth Post .... additional photographer
Ian D. Scott .... first electrician
David Willetts .... best boy electric
Animation Department
Katherine Kean .... animation effects designer
Mitchell Rothzeid .... animation effects designer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Trysha Bakker .... wardrobe mistress
Editorial Department
Jack Hooper .... negative cutter
Cherie MacNeill .... second assistant editor
Carol McBride .... post-production coordinator
Kant Pan .... assistant editor: London
Michael Rea .... first assistant editor
Susan Shipton .... second assistant editor
Steve Weslak .... assembly editor
Music Department
Homer Denison .... orchestrator
Keith Grant .... music recording engineer
London Philharmonic Orchestra .... musician
Jim Weidman .... music editor
Gerry O'Riordan .... assistant music engineer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Matthew Wolchock .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Peter Albrecht .... creature effects: C.W.I.
Peter Babakitis .... creature effects: C.W.I.
Brent Baker .... creature effects: C.W.I.
Jon Berg .... creature effects: C.W.I.
Don Bies .... creature effects: C.W.I.
Rob Burman .... creature effects: C.W.I.
Kirk Cheney .... revolving stage designer and fabricator
Blair Clark .... creature effects: C.W.I.
Debbie Cooke .... production coordinator
Doreen Davis .... production accountant
Stephan Dupuis .... creature effects: C.W.I.
Keith Edmier .... creature effects: C.W.I.
Prudence Emery .... unit publicist
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Bob Hall .... creature effects: C.W.I.
Jonathan Horton .... creature effects: C.W.I.
Guy Hudson .... creature effects: C.W.I. (as Sir Guy of Hudson)
James Isaac .... creature effects: C.W.I. (as Jim Smash Isaac)
Conrad Itchener .... creature effects: C.W.I.
Mike Jobe .... creature effects: C.W.I.
Gary Kanew .... title designer
Doron Kernerman .... gymnastics double
Mary-Louise Kingery .... creature effects: C.W.I.
Susan Kinnevy .... assistant to producer
Patricia Kowchak .... creature effects: C.W.I.
Tony Laudati .... creature effects: C.W.I.
Kelly Lepkowsky .... creature effects: C.W.I.
Michelle Linder .... creature effects: C.W.I.
Susan C. MacQuarrie .... craft service (as Susan MacQuarrie)
Barbara Mainguy .... assistant: Mr. Cornfeld
Steve Martin .... animal trainer
Donald Mowat .... creature effects: C.W.I.
Jerrold Neidig .... creature effects: C.W.I.
Gregg Olsson .... creature effects: C.W.I.
Michael Owens .... creature effects: C.W.I.
Zandra Platzek .... creature effects: C.W.I.
Margaret Prentice .... creature effects: C.W.I. (as Margaret Beserra)
Robin Ralston .... creature effects: C.W.I.
Gillian Richardson .... script supervisor
Howard Rothschild .... location manager
Rick Schmidlin .... assistant to producer
Mike Smithson .... creature effects: C.W.I.
Valerie Sofranko .... creature effects: C.W.I.
William Stoneham .... creature effects: C.W.I.
Romuald Sunny .... gymnastics double (as Romuald Vervin)
Debra Tomei .... creature effects: C.W.I.
Wim van Thillo .... creature effects: C.W.I.
Carol Walas .... creature effects: C.W.I.
Mark Walas .... creature effects: C.W.I.
Harold Weed .... creature effects: C.W.I.
Mark Williams .... creature effects: C.W.I.
Randy Auerbach .... assistant: Mr. Brooks (uncredited)
David Franklyn-Ratchford .... set stand-by (uncredited)
Michael Lennick .... technical consultant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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96 min | 105 min (original cut)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 (original rating) | Argentina:13 (re-rating) | Australia:R | Brazil:14 | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (2006) (DVD) | Finland:K-16 (heavily cut) (1989) (VHS) | Finland:K-18 (cut) (1986) (theatrical) | France:12 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM14 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/16 (Qualidade) | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 (VHS/DVD rating) | South Korea:15 (theatrical rating) (1988) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:18

Did You Know?

Veronica tells Seth (Jeff Goldblum) that "Something went wrong." Ellie Sattler tells Ian Malcolm (Goldblum) the same thing in Jurassic Park (1993). Brundle and Malcolm are also both in the habit of wearing the same set of clothes every day.See more »
Miscellaneous: Every time Seth or any other creature for that matter goes through the teleporter, they're completely naked so as to avoid confusing the computer and introducing more foreign materials. However, at the end of the movie, Brundlefly shoves Veronica into the telepod fully clothed. Whilst the resulting merge of DNA would be human, it would in fact create a worse mutation due to there now being a combination of human, fly and clothing material merged.See more »
[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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34 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Successful transition of Cronenberg's brand of 'body horror' to the mainstream..., 10 April 2002
Author: Howlin Wolf from Oldham, Gtr Manchester, England.

Why is it this film that will always be his REAL 'breakout', and not any of the others before or since? The truth is, beneath all the biological yucks and makeup (there is plenty of both) lies a strong emotional core. Goldblum is enthusiastically likable as scientist Seth Brundle, and Geena Davis is just how Geena Davis seems to be in real life... sweet. It is how the events change both characters EMOTIONALLY, not physically, that inspires the true horror.

The blending of both the above elements makes this remake appeal simultaneously to the 'gross out' crowd, and those in the mood for a more cerebral horror experience. A concept of B-movie stature, electrified by the skills of A-list talent.

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