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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 »
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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:
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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

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"Stathis Borans" (John Getz) has a copy of Carl Sagan's novel, "Contact", on the bookshelf in his office. (This novel was filmed in 1997.)See more »
Continuity: 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 »
[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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98 out of 129 people found the following review useful.
One of the best horror movies ever made, 14 September 2002
Author: DunnDeeDaGreat from Woodbridge, VA

The Fly is more than a horror movie it's a statement of the eighties. I remeber seeing this film for the first time when I was five years old and telling my friends about the gore scenes but as I got older and viewed the film again I realzied how much of a tragic love story the film was. Jeff Goldblum gave an Oscar worthy performanc of ill fated scinenits Seth Brundle and Genna Davis gave an equally good performance as his love interest. The special effects were very good for the eighties and the film does have some scary moments. If you've never seen the film you should.

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