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Men in Black (1997)

 -  Comedy | Sci-Fi  -  2 July 1997 (USA)
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A streetwise NYPD detective joins a secret organization that polices extraterrestrial affairs on Earth.

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Storyline

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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Plot Keywords:

alien | nypd | bug | galaxy | new york city | See more »

Taglines:

Men in Black - Protecting the Earth from the scum of the Universe. See more »

Genres:

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)  »

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MIB  »

Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$273,700,000 (Non-US) (31 October 1997)

Gross:

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

The "known aliens" visible on the screen include Al Roker, Isaac Mizrahi, Danny DeVito, director Barry Sonnenfeld, Chloe Sonnenfeld (Barry's daughter), Sylvester Stallone, Dionne Warwick, Newt Gingrich, Anthony Robbins, George Lucas, and executive producer Steven Spielberg. See more »

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As J is being shown the screen where they constantly observe the aliens, the clips on the screen are being endlessly looped. A screen close to the center, for instance, shows a man getting comfortable on a couch over and over again. See more »

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Men In Black
Produced by Track Masters
Co-produced by Will Smith
Written by Will Smith, Patrice Rushen, Fred Washington and Terry McFadden
Performed by Will Smith
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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One of my favorites!
16 December 1999 | by (New England) – See all my reviews

I avoided this movie for a while because of all the hype, so the first time I saw it was on video (and I only watched it then because my husband wanted to see it). I was very pleasantly surprised, to the point that this is now one of my top ten movies. I love the deadpan humor in this, and Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith are perfect in their roles. MIB turned me into a Will Smith fan, in fact. I think the people who didn't like it were expecting an "epic" scifi film a la "Independence Day" (which I thought was way overrated) or "Deep Impact" or any of those other late 90s special effects films. But this movie is a comedy, first and foremost, and it does a wonderful job being funny. I give it a 9 out of 10 for executing perfectly what it set out to do.


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