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Men in Black (1997)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Comedy, Family | 2 July 1997 (USA)
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A police officer joins a secret organization that polices and monitors extraterrestrial interactions on Earth.

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Beatrice (as Siobhan Fallon)
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INS Agent Janus (as Fredric Lane)
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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" (Tommy Lee Jones) , is recruiting for a new addition to the agency. He has chosen James Edwards (Will Smith) 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 (Vincent D'Onofrio) 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

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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2 July 1997 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$250,147,615 (USA) (9 January 1998)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Producers Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald originally wanted Barry Sonnenfeld to direct, because he had helmed the darkly humorous Addams Family movies. However, Soonenfeld was making Get Shorty (1995) at the time, so Les Mayfield was going to replace him, because the positive reception to his film Miracle on 34th Street (1994). The producers saw that film later and decided he was inappropriate for a sci-fi comedy, so they decided to wait until Sonnenfeld was available. See more »

Goofs

In the tunnel when they're upside down, based on Kay's hand in relation to his seat (right hand holding tape and entering scene from right side places car upside down in shot), he places the Elvis Presley eight track tape into the player right side up, meaning the player is installed in the car upside down. The player also says "Eight track stereo" on front cassette door right side up to the shot, meaning upside down in the car. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

Referenced in Return of the Ghostbusters (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Erotik City
Written by T. Footman, E. Taylor & T. Wimbley
Performed by Emoja
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User Reviews

An Unlikely Comedy Team Carries This Film
7 August 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Men in Black" is a fast-paced action-comedy that over-achieves the whole way. Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith make an amazing comedy team as the title characters who protect the Earth from the scum of the universe. Everything is tongue-in-cheek and the whole film works in a really great way. A great film that benefits from its characters and amazing special effects. 4 out of 5 stars.


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