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Specimen -- Mark Paul Gosselaar (TV's "NYPD Blue" and "Saved by the Bell") stars in this chilling sci-fi thriller.  After his grandmother's death, 24-year-old Mike Hillary, a man of uncertain parentage, travels to his mother's hometown to investigate his background.
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14 September 1996 (USA) See more »
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Mark-Paul Gosselaar ... Mike Hillary (as Mark Paul Gosselaar)

Douglas O'Keeffe ... Eleven (as Doug O'Keefe)

Ingrid Kavelaars ... Jessica Randall

Andrew Jackson ... Sixty-Six

David Nerman ... Sheriff Jimmy Masterson

Michelle Johnson ... Sarah

Marc Donato ... Mike Hillary - Age 8
Carmelina Lamanna ... Carol Hillary

Mark Lutz ... Blaine Masterson

Grant Nickalls ... Scott

Bryan Thomas ... Manny (as Bryan J. Thomas)
Jared Durand ... James

Robert Weiss ... Deputy Larson
Dennis O'Connor ... Grandpa Vern

Jennifer Higgin ... Grandma June

Kevin Zegers ... Bart
Peter Graham ... Desk Clerk
Tim MacMenamin ... Firefighter #1

Branko Racki ... Firefighter #2 (as Bronco Racki)

John Stoneham Jr. ... Guy in Truck
L.J. Maxwell ... Wristband Voice (voice)

Directed by
John Bradshaw 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John Bradshaw 
Sheldon Inkol 
Damian Lee 
Lauren McLaughlin 

Produced by
Richard Babcock .... associate producer
Paul G. Day .... associate producer
Helder Goncalves .... co-producer
Damian Lee .... producer
Jeff Sackman .... executive producer
Original Music by
Gowan  (as Lawrence Gowan)
Cinematography by
Russ Goozee  (as Gerald R. Goozee)
Film Editing by
Paul G. Day 
Casting by
Marjorie Lecker 
Production Design by
Tim Boyd 
Art Direction by
Jim Lambie 
Set Decoration by
Glen Atkinson 
Costume Design by
Judith England 
Makeup Department
Traci Loader .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Derby Crewe .... second assistant director
Robin Sen .... first assistant director
Art Department
Mary Arthurs .... property master
Sound Department
Jack Buchanan .... sound
Special Effects by
Brock Jolliffe .... special effects
Eric Bryson .... utility stunts
Branko Racki .... stunts
John Stoneham Jr. .... stunt coordinator
John Stoneham Jr. .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Rusty Deluce .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Harper Forbes .... key grip
Ava Gerlitz .... still photographer
Jim Lambie .... camera operator: 2nd Unit
Gerry Mendoza .... electrician
Patrick Robinson .... gaffer
Editorial Department
Mitch Lackie .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Gowan .... composer: songs "Love Makes You Believe" and "Holding This Rage"
Other crew
Patricia Joyes .... script supervisor
Hanna Tower .... office production assistant


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Rated R for violence and some nudity
85 min | UK:92 min (DVD)
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | UK:15 (DVD rating) | USA:R
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Mark-Paul's acting was just fine, 20 July 2007
Author: andrasta from Monroe, LA

Oh, overall, this movie is very cheesy, and I wish the aliens had been something other than walking blocks of muscle, but the story was a good idea in its inception. I thought Mark-Paul's acting was just fine, actually. He took the role seriously, regardless of the movie's lower budget, which denotes him as a good actor. Granted, it's been a while since I've seen it, so I can't give a good take on the supporting actors, but aside from the villain's one-note plot motivation, I don't remember groaning too badly. :) The handling of some of our main character's heritage problems (the whole problem with starting fires while asleep) was a particularly nice touch. Considering the budget, I thought they did the best they could--I'd like to see it redone.

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