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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Robert A. Heinlein (novel)
Ted Elliott (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
21 October 1994 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Trust No-one.
Plot:
The Earth is invaded by alien "slugs" that ride on people's backs and control their minds. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Donald Sutherland ... Andrew Nivens

Eric Thal ... Sam Nivens

Julie Warner ... Mary Sefton

Keith David ... Alex Holland

Will Patton ... Dr. Graves

Richard Belzer ... Jarvis
Tom Mason ... President Douglas

Yaphet Kotto ... Ressler

Gerry Bamman ... Viscott

Sam Anderson ... Culbertson

J. Patrick McCormack ... Gidding

Marshall Bell ... General Morgan
Nicholas Cascone ... Greenberg

Bruce Jarchow ... Barnes

Benjamin Mouton ... Higgins

David Pasquesi ... Vargas

Andrew Robinson ... Hawthorne

Benj Thall ... Jeff
Bo Sharon ... Casey
Nick Browne ... Mike
Donna Garrett ... Miss Haines
William Wellman Jr. ... Doctor

Elizabeth Sung ... Technician #1
Dinah Lenney ... Technician #2

Tom Dugan ... Operator #1

Dale Dye ... Brande
John C. Cooke ... Lt. Abbey

Julian Scott Urena ... Infantryman (as Fabio Urena)

Michael Shamus Wiles ... Capt. Earley

Todd Bryant ... Soldier
Don James ... Soldier

J. Marvin Campbell ... Soldier
James Pearson ... Merging Soldier
Evan C. Morris ... Danny
K.T. Vogt ... Slugged Woman
Dale Harimoto ... Anchorwoman

Alexa Jago ... Wendy Markham
Eric Briant Wells ... Vince Hayward

Marianne Curan ... Newscaster
Katy Summerland ... Graves' Assistant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bill Blair ... Slugged Businessman (uncredited)
Joyce Lasley ... Secretary (uncredited)
John Lizzi ... Military Communications Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Stuart Orme 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Robert A. Heinlein (novel)

Ted Elliott (screenplay) &
Terry Rossio (screenplay) and
David S. Goyer (screenplay)

Produced by
James P. Axiotis .... field producer (as James Axotis)
Michael Engelberg .... executive producer
Ralph Winter .... producer
 
Original Music by
Colin Towns 
 
Cinematography by
Clive Tickner 
 
Film Editing by
William Goldenberg 
 
Casting by
Sharon Howard-Field 
 
Production Design by
Daniel A. Lomino 
 
Art Direction by
James Hegedus 
 
Set Decoration by
Cloudia Rebar  (as Cloudia)
 
Costume Design by
Tom Bronson 
 
Makeup Department
Greg Cannom .... special makeup effects
Ann Masterson .... makeup department head
Keith VanderLaan .... makeup effects supervisor: Cannom Creations
 
Production Management
Andrew G. La Marca .... unit production manager
Lorie Zerweck .... unit manager: second unit
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw .... second unit director
Michael Grossman .... first assistant director
Pamela Kuri .... second assistant director
Molly M. Mayeux .... second assistant director: second unit
J.B. Rogers .... first assistant director: second unit (as James B. Rogers)
 
Art Department
Fred Apolito .... propmaker
Jason Bedig .... leadman
Gina Cafasso .... art department coordinator
Joseph Calta .... stand-by painter
Michael Diersing .... construction coordinator
William J. Durrell Jr. .... assistant art director
Scott E. Handt .... construction foreman
Chuck Herrmann .... property assistant
Scott Lafferty .... propmaker
Alan Manzer .... set designer
Karl J. Martin .... set designer
Bruce Richter .... carpenter
Jim Zemansky .... property master
Clyde Zimmerman .... paint supervisor
Steven Hintz .... propmaker (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Andrew Adams .... utility sound
Robert J. Anderson Jr. .... sound mixer
Rick Ash .... sound re-recording mixer
Julia Evershade .... supervising adr editor
Dennis Fuller .... boom operator
Mark A. Mangini .... supervising sound editor
John Pospisil .... sound designer
Geoffrey G. Rubay .... sound editor
Curt Schulkey .... supervising sound editor
Solange S. Schwalbe .... foley supervisor
Dean A. Zupancic .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Special Effects by
Roy Arbogast .... special effects
Roland Blancaflor .... foam runner
Roland Blancaflor .... special effects technician: Cannom Creations
Greg Cannom .... special makeup effects creator
Gustavo R. Ferreyra .... special effects technician
Linda Frobos .... sculptor
Glen Hanz .... sculptor
Louis Kiss .... runner
John Logan .... creature effects production coordinator
James McLoughlin .... moldmaker
Larry Odien .... mechanics and animatronics designer
Larry Odien .... special effects supervisor
Kevin Pike .... special effects set foreman
Stephen Prouty .... moldmaker (as Steve Prouty)
Anton Rupprecht .... mechanic
Aaron Sims .... painter
David Sosalla .... animatronics
David Sosalla .... creature effects coordinator
Todd Tucker .... moldmaker
Keith VanderLaan .... on-set coordinator
Robert E. Watson .... moldmaker
Mike Wever .... special effects technician
Gary Zink .... special effects
Jaime Galindo .... special effects laborer (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Michael Curtis .... main title animation
Dorne Huebler .... digital supervisor
John R. McConnell .... digital artist
Peter Montgomery .... visual effects supervisor
Winston Quitasol .... digital compositor
Wally Schaab .... digital artist
 
Stunts
Gregory J. Barnett .... stunts (as Greg Barnett)
Bobby Bass .... stunts
May Boss .... stunts
Charlie Brewer .... stunts
Jeff Brockton .... stunt performer
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw .... stunt coordinator
Jan M. Davis .... aerial stunt coordinator
Annie Ellis .... stunts
Kenny Endoso .... stunts
Danny Epper .... stunts
Christian J. Fletcher .... stunt double
Lance Gilbert .... stunts
Jeff Imada .... stunts
Jeff Jensen .... stunts
Josh Kemble .... stunt performer
Henry Kingi Jr. .... stunts
Billy D. Lucas .... stunts
Lisa McCullough .... stunts
Bennie Moore .... stunts
Chad Randall .... stunt coordinator: second unit
Moe Viletto .... skydiving stunt safety coordinator
Thomas Robinson Harper .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Marsha Blackburn .... still photographer
Mark 'Boylee' Boyle .... loader
John J. Connor .... director of photography: second unit
John T. Connor .... assistant camera: "a" camera
Gary Dagg .... key grip
Anthony Gaudioz .... camera operator
Joe Kelly .... best boy grip
Jerry L. Marshall .... rigging grip
Peter McAdams .... grip
Charlie McIntyre .... rigging gaffer
Brennan Price .... lighting technician (as Brennan L. Price)
Ronald J. Pure Jr. .... electrician
John 'Fest' Sandau .... assistant chief lighting technician
Cricket Sloat .... dimmer board operator
Dan Kneece .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Douglas Wright .... casting associate
 
Music Department
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin
 
Transportation Department
Chris Basso .... production van driver operator
Phil Strauss .... driver: cast
Don Tardino .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Rory J. Aylward .... technical advisor: military
Susan Bierbaum .... script supervisor
Jan M. Davis .... jumper (as Jan Davis)
Pall Grimsson .... production assistant
Brad Hood .... jumper
Mike Hoy .... pilot
Wendol Jarvis .... film commissioner
Samuel F. Kinder .... craft service
Michael Kolko .... set estimator
Darrin Lipscomb .... assistant location manager
Larry Madrid .... animal trainer
Bobby McDonald .... pilot: huey 212 pilot (as Bob McDonald)
Laurie Morgenthal .... production assistant
Alan D. Purwin .... aerial coordinator
Alan D. Purwin .... pilot
Michael Roberts .... production accountant
Tom Sanders .... skydiving coordinator
Risé Stefani .... technical advisor
Jeffrey D. Stevens .... key set medic
Michael Tamburro .... pilot: jet ranger
Derek Wade .... Asst. Production Coordinator
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... pilot: jet ranger
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Robert A. Heinlein's The Puppet Masters" - USA (complete title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for violence, sci-fi gore and brief language
Runtime:
109 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:14A (Manitoba) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Germany:16 | Hungary:16 | Iceland:16 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #33291)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
No less than nine writers worked on the script. Besides the credited writers Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio and David S. Goyer, work with also done by James Bonny, Richard Finney, Michael Engelberg, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and the film's director, Stuart Orme. The final version mainly uses ideas from the Goyer and Orme rewrites.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: At the end of the film, the large blood spot near Sam Nivens' right eye tends to appear and disappear on different shots.See more »
Quotes:
Niven:It's the kid from the spaceship. Get him off the car.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Faculty (1998)See more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
They've Got Your Back!, 29 April 2015
Author: wes-connors from Los Angeles

It looks like a UFO has landed in a small Iowa farm town. A top-secret US government investigative team from the "Office of Scientific Central Intelligence" goes out to investigate. The three stars are: limping leader Donald Sutherland (as Andrew Nivens), his handsome son and partner Eric Thal (as Sam Nivens) and sexy alien biologist Julie Warner (as Mary Sefton). They are about to conclude the whole thing was a teenagers' hoax, but Ms. Warner realizes aliens have landed. The reason, according to Warner, is that no males on the scene have noticed her arousing figure or tried to look down her unbuttoned blouse. You can almost hear her say, "Don't look at that alien spaceship, dammit, look down my shirt!"...

Now, these aliens attach themselves to your back (your spinal column, specifically) and they multiply quickly. The way to see if someone has been "infected" is to order the person to, "Take off your shirt!" Since this trick works, we're left wondering why most people in the cast are allowed to keep their backs covered. Most viewers would not protest Warner and Mr. Thal acting without their shirts (Thal goes without pants, too). If you don't mind wondering about plot confusions and contrivances like that, you could do worse than Stuart Orme's vision of Robert A. Heinlein's science-fiction novel. Thal and Warner are an attractive couple and Mr. Sutherland is a classic performer who can improve movies by simply being there.

****** The Puppet Masters (10/21/94) Stuart Orme ~ Eric Thal, Julie Warner, Donald Sutherland, Keith David

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