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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:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Poor Directing, Weak Script & Dialogue Spoil Sci-Fi Thriller See more (57 total) »

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)
John 'Fest' Sandau .... assistant chief lighting technician
Cricket Sloat .... dimmer board operator
Dan Kneece .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Douglas Wright .... casting associate
 
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 medic
Michael Tamburro .... pilot: jet ranger
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
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:14A (Manitoba) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 (video premiere) | 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: When the last alien gets killed by tail rotor of the chopper near the end of the film, it's clearly visible all of the blood and guts of the alien splattered over the tail of the chopper. After the chopper's landing, it's all gone.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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12 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Poor Directing, Weak Script & Dialogue Spoil Sci-Fi Thriller, 26 August 2007
Author: sbrazie from United States

It really makes no sense how this film could not have worked. Working off a script based on a Robert A. Heinlein novel, with the venerable Donald Sutherland in one of the lead roles, and with alien invasion the subject matter, this should have been at least a seven star Science Fiction film. As Sci-Fi goes, the superior ones focus more on futuristic and/or scientific concepts, with action and/or special effects adding to the spectacle. That is why films like the Star Wars saga really aren't Sci-Fi, but action/adventure first (and in the case of Star Wars, fantasy) and science fiction second at best. This film does delve into the biology and culture of the aliens, but just barely. Mostly it focuses on hokey special effects and a few watered-down action scenes to fill up screen time. The aliens themselves are quite realistic and original, a plus for the film. The chemistry between Donald Sutherland as the leader of a secret government agency and his son, played by Eric Thal (an unknown at the time) is actually quite good. In addition, Julie Warner actually does well as the scientist working for Sutherland and of course plays the romantic interest for Sutherland's son. While not a superior actress, she performs adequately, although her talents are more suited to television, as it appears this movie was. While most will think, as I did, while reading the plot synopsis of the film that it is a rip-off of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (Sutherland starred in the remake of this film in 1978), the actual book was published in 1951, prior to the original film as well as the novel written by Jack Finney. Bottom line: not a bad movie to watch when you know you will be distracted as it requires very little of your attention and there are enough action scenes to move the pace along, but science fiction and Heinlein fans will be disappointed.

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