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Species (1995)

A group of scientists try to track down and trap a killer alien seductress before she successfully mates with a human.

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Dan Smithson
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Sil
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Aide
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Scott McKenna ...
Train Hobo
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Mother
Jayne Luke ...
Snack Shop Clerk
David K. Schroeder ...
German Tourist
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Storyline

In 1993, the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence Project receives a transmission detailing an alien DNA structure, along with instructions on how to splice it with human DNA. The result is Sil, a sensual but deadly creature who can change from a beautiful woman to an armour-plated killing machine in the blink of an eye. Government agent Xavier Fitch assembles a team of scientists and mercenaries to locate and destroy Sil before she manages to find a mate and breed. Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@postoffice.utas.edu.au>

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Rated R for sci-fi violence, strong sexuality and some language | See all certifications »

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7 July 1995 (USA)  »

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Especies  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

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$60,054,449 (USA)
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Trivia

Xavier (Ben Kingsley) Fitch says that the alien signal was received by the Arecibo radio telescope exactly nineteen years after an outbound message was transmitted. Since the transmissions traveled at the speed of light, that means that the alien solar system is approximately nine light-years from Earth. There are two stars which are likely candidates, Sirius and Luyten 726-8A. See more »

Goofs

The team goes back to the hotel, and after having drinks they go to their rooms. A member of the hotel staff is seen knocking a door, saying "Housekeeping" and Sil then obtains her keys. However no-one would be making housekeeping rounds in the evening. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Xavier Fitch: I'm sorry.
Young Sil: [mouthing] I'm sorry.
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Connections

Referenced in Film '72: Episode dated 5 March 2014 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Keep Hope Alive
Written by Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland
Performed by The Crystal Method (as Crystal Method)
Courtesy of EMI Virgin Songs, Inc.
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Not as original as you may think!
29 September 2002 | by (Longmont, Colorado) – See all my reviews

Admittedly you would either need to be 50 plus with a good memory, or to be a well-versed student of older sci-fi but in 1961 Miss Julie Christie made her screen debut in the British TV Sci-fi serial A FOR ANDROMEDA. The plot? Signals are received from deep-space seemingly the blue-print for the creation of human life. Scientists of course find the opportunity way too tempting and before you can say "Told you that was a dumb move!" we have a genetically engineered, rather stunning young blonde walking around the lab, causing all sorts of political and scientific unrest.....sound familiar?

Yep, SPECIES was a total conceptual rip-off and to my knowledge, either no-one has ever noticed the fact OR has failed to put such view into print. Certainly not a solitary film critic worldwide that I read at the time was aware of the fact! That said, SPECIES wasn't a total flopperoo although Ben Kingsley looked majorly uncomfortable, if not stunned for the greater part of the flick, as the head science honcho really wanting his creation (the delectable and statuesque Miss Henstridge) dead on sight....a task he bequeathes to Mr Madsen who always enjoys work of this sort!

Never really scales the heights. Neither a major gore-fest or a jaw-dropping ALIEN-wannabe. It labors on beneath its own mediocrity and when it finally finishes, about the only emotion left to the viewer is.."Hmmmmm, OK, now I've seen SPECIES....what's for dinner?" Compared to its sequel however, it remains a rare masterpiece!


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