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Men in Black (1997)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Sci-Fi  |  2 July 1997 (USA)
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A police officer joins a secret organization that polices and monitors extra terrestrial interactions on planet earth.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Beatrice (as Siobhan Fallon)
INS Agent Janus (as Fredric Lane)
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Based off of the comic book. Unbeknownst to other people, there is a private agency code named MiB. This agency is some kind of extra terrestrial surveillance corporation. Then, one of the agency's finest men only going by the name "K", is recruiting for a new addition to the agency. He has chosen James Edwards of the N.Y.P.D. Then, one day, a flying saucer crashes into Earth. This was an alien a part of the "Bug" race. He takes the body of a farmer and heads to New York. He is searching for a super energy source called "The Galaxy". Now, Agents J and K must stop the bug before it can escape with the galaxy. Written by John Wiggins

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Protecting the earth from the scum of the universe See more »


Comedy | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and sci-fi violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 July 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

MIB  »

Box Office


$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$84,133,900 (USA) (4 July 1997)


$250,147,615 (USA) (9 January 1998)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Yasushi Nirasawa worked on some designs for the Edgar Bug which ultimately went unused. One of his takes on the Edgar Bug was a creature more humanoid in form, with two heads and very long arms which resembled the forelegs of a praying mantis. See more »


In the opening scene, which is set in either California, Arizona, New Mexico, or Texas, we see New York license plates on the cars. However, it is possible that the MIB drove from New York to one of those states as the guy was bringing immigrants over the border. See more »


[first lines]
Nick the Van Driver: Goddamn bugs!
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Crazy Credits

The animals and aliens used in this film were in no way mistreated and all scenes in which they appeared were under strict supervision with the utmost concern for their handling. See more »


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Alias Smith & Jones
11 April 2003 | by (fairview, nj) – See all my reviews

MEN IN BLACK (1997) ***1/2 Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino, Vincent D'Onofrio, Rip Torn, Tony Shalhoub, Siobahn Fallon. Giddily hilarious sci-fi comedy: think a 90s "Ghostbusters" meets the "X-Files": hard-as-nails, deadpan Jones (a great master straight man) is one of many secret agents of MIB (Men In Black) recruiting steetsmart, mouthy Smith (a great wiseass) to team up and stop an intergalactic alien bug (in rotting human form D'Onofrio who gives a brilliant, funny turn) from wiping out the Earth and all mankind. Incredible out there special effects from ILM and ingenious aliens from self-professed "Monster Maker" makeup guru Rick Baker. Hip, clever dialogue and fine chemistry from the odd couple gives this comic book adaptation of Lowell Cunningham a glossy work over including Bo Welch's inventive production design and Danny Elfman's atmospheric score. Fluid direction by Barry Sonnefield.

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