Screamers (1995)

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(SIRIUS 6B, Year 2078) On a distant mining planet ravaged by a decade of war, scientists have created the perfect weapon: a blade-wielding, self-replicating race of killing devices known as... See full summary »



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Screamers Crawl Narration (voice)


(SIRIUS 6B, Year 2078) On a distant mining planet ravaged by a decade of war, scientists have created the perfect weapon: a blade-wielding, self-replicating race of killing devices known as Screamers designed for one purpose only -- to hunt down and destroy all enemy life forms But man's greatest weapon has continued to evolve without any human guidance, and now it has devised a new mission: to obliterate all life. Col. Hendricksson (Peter Weller) is commander of a handful of Alliance soldiers still alive on Sirius 6B. Betrayed by his own political leaders and disgusted by the atrocities of this never-ending war, Hendricksson decides he must negotiate a separate peace with the New Economic Bloc's decimated forces. But to do so, he will have to cross a treacherous wasteland where the deadliest threat comes from the very weapons he helped to create. Written by Nicolas LeBlanc <>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sci-fi violence and terror, some language and a brief moment of nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 January 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Claw  »

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Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

JPY 25,895,600 (Japan) (29 November 1996)


JPY 48,688,300 (Japan) (13 December 1996)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Early versions of the screenplay were titled "Claw" in reference to the villainous robots, which are called "claws" in the original Philip K. Dick short story "Second Variety" instead of "screamers." See more »


Right after the baby nuke is launched, there is a crew member far off in the background. The "friendlies" are all in the same area and the "screamers" are all supposed to be dead, so it must be a crew member. See more »


[first lines]
Screamers Crawl Narration: [voice over narration] For the last fifty years, the new economic block, the 'N.E.B.' Corporation, has controlled mining operations throughout the known solar systems.
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Referenced in Game On: Martin's Baby (1998) See more »


Music by Jerry Devilliers
Lyrics by Dwight Druick
Vocals by Loulou Hughes
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User Reviews

If you're going to be a rock, be a rock; don't be a bug
9 December 2005 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Another highly entertaining sci-fi film based on a Philip K. Dick short story which I have subsequently read; and I agree with other reviewers that the movie is true to the story for the most part.

Have yet to view a movie based on a Dick story that wasn't enjoyable, e.g., Blade Runner, Minority Report. If you liked either of those movies,you will enjoy this movie for its intelligent entertainment.

Weller's character Hendricksson is fairly straight forward as a disenchanted commander believing that his command has been abandoned and that their battles on this outpost planet have been made irrelevant by the higher authorities. Consequently, Hendricksson sets out to bring a truce proposal to the enemy forces.

But technology gone awry rears its ugly head in the form of self-manufacturing killing devices known as the screamers named for their high pitched sound just before they slice and dice humans.

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