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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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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


More secretive than the C.I.A. - More powerful than the F.B.I. - And they're looking for a few good men - They are the Men in Black 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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After script rewrites looking for a more action oriented ending, the original animatronic Bug was discarded after 8 months of development. The new sequence using a redesigned Bug contain 45 CG shots, at a cost of $100000 each. According to director Barry Sonnenfeld "It was the best $4.5 million we spent". See more »


(at around 35 mins) Agent K says that an alien traveled 17 trillion miles. That distance is equal to about 2.89 light years. But Proxima Centauri, the sun's nearest stellar neighbor, is 4.22 light years away. So where could the alien have come from? See more »


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User Reviews

Fun, memorable sci-fi comedy has lots of personality thanks to director, composer, and two lead actors.

Agent K (Jones)'s partner retires, so he has to find a new one. Street cop Will Smith seems an unlikely contender to join this very special service and help K battle illegal aliens.

Barry Sonnenfeld's experience as a cinematographer put him in good stead for planning this quirky fun sci-fi comedy.

Men in Black is given life by Sonnenfeld's shot-choices, for greatest comic effect, terrific fun musical score by Danny Elfman, and two perfectly cast actors: Tommy Lee Jones' wry delivery and Will Smith's comic persona make for a movie with some real personality.

Vincent D'Onofrio is a memorable bad guy - especially when we don't have to look at his regular face.

A few death scenes will be too gruesome for kiddies, but once they're a certain age its bound to be one of their favourite movies. Such terrific imaginative fun.


Woman: "You here to make fun of me, too?' K: "No maam, we here at the FBI do not have a sense of humour we're aware of. May we come in?"

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