The Puppet Masters (1994)

R  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  21 October 1994 (USA)
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The Earth is invaded by alien "slugs" that ride on people's backs and control their minds.



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Strange aliens land in the Midwest, taking over people's minds in order to spread their dominion. Sam Nivens and Andrew Nivens, aided by Mary Sefton, are part of a government agency who must stop the the aliens before the aliens get to them... Written by Steve Fenwick <>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, sci-fi gore and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 October 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Robert A. Heinlein's The Puppet Masters  »

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$8,638,072 (USA)

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In the french dubbed version Donald Sutherland's voice is dubbed by actor Jean-Pierre Cassel. See more »


After leaving the radio station, a possessed man goes through the windshield of the car, leaving a large, jagged hole. The next shot from inside the car shows an unbroken windshield. See more »


[After Sam rescues Andrew by shooting him]
Andrew: [musingly] I can't believe you shot me.
Sam: Well, what would you have done?
Andrew: [nonchalant] Oh, I'd have shot you, of course.
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Disappointing version of a fantastic book
19 February 1999 | by (Castle Hill, Australia) – See all my reviews

This was a decent film. The book was far better.

If the book had been made into a three-hour film, it would have been excellent. They would have had time to do things right. As it is, they compact a wide-ranging tale set in the future into a dodgy action flick in the present day.

Do yourself a favour - read the book.

Donald Sutherland is too cool, though.

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