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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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Snack Shop Clerk
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German Tourist
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Female Conductor
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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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Two decades ago scientists sent a message to space... This... is the reply. See more »


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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)

Gross USA:

$60,074,103

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$113,374,103
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2.35 : 1
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Director Roger Donaldson said in interview for Starlog magazine in August of 1995 how first cut of the movie that his editor Conrad Buff put together was 127 minutes long, and it had different but similar ending action sequence and battle with Sil. Couple shots from original ending can be seen in theatrical trailer. See more »

Goofs

The conductor gets half-sucked into the cocoon, resulting in her death. Sil later emerges from the messy cocoon, covered with its fluid and falling right on top of the conductor. But when Sil dons the conductor's clothes, they are spotless. See more »

Quotes

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

References A for Andromeda (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Enchanted
Written by Mojoe Nicosia and Dana Nicosia
Performed by Enchanted
Courtesy of RCA Records label of BMG Music
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Not as original as you may think!
29 September 2002 | by 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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