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Species (1995)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Smithson
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Train Hobo
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Snack Shop Clerk
David K. Schroeder ...
German Tourist
David Jensen ...
Esther Scott ...
Female Conductor


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 <>

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

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Release Date:

7 July 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Especies  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)


£3,323,230 (UK) (17 November 1995)

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2.35 : 1
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An early draft of the script had the young Sil calmly killing a friendly cab driver. In an effort to keep the audiences sympathy for her character (and to make the murder of the porter more shocking) the scene was changed to Sil killing a tramp in self defense after he attempts to attack her. See more »


When Sil ditches the BMW, a police officer finds it later and looks inside. It appears to be out of petrol, but the fuel gauge goes from R to F instead of E to F. However, fuel gauges on BMWs (like most European brands) are labeled "R" for "Refuel" to warn when the fuel tank is depleted. Gauges bearing "E" for "Empty" are customary on American and Japanese marques. See more »


[first lines]
Xavier Fitch: I'm sorry.
Young Sil: [mouthing] I'm sorry.
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Written by Mojoe Nicosia and Dana Nicosia
Performed by Enchanted
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Kind of cool and pleasant.....
29 September 2001 | by See all my reviews

"Species" has a hopelessly derivative premise that makes it a completely unnecessary view for anyone who has ever seen "Alien" or "The Predator" (or their sequels), but it does have some things going for it. To be short and specific: Natasha Henstridge is dreamily, extraordinarily beautiful; the rest of the cast is distinguished, with a very cool Michael Madsen stealing the show; the special effects are convincingly yucky; and the pacing is fast and unrelenting, with the "search-and-destroy" team being always only one step behind the pursued alien "monster". A forgettable film, but not nearly as bad as many reviews have suggested. (**)

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