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Mimic (1997)

R  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi  |  22 August 1997 (USA)
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Three years ago, entomologist Dr. Susan Tyler genetically created an insect to kill cockroaches carrying a virulent disease. Now, the insects are out to destroy their only predator, mankind.



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A disease carried by common cockroaches is killing Manhattan children. In an effort to stop the epidemic an entomologist, Susan Tyler, creates a mutant breed of insect that secretes a fluid to kill the roaches. This mutant breed was engineered to die after one generation, but three years later Susan finds out that the species has survived and evolved into a large, gruesome monster that can mimic human form. Written by Steven Dretzke <stevend@unicomp.net>

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We protect ourselves by destroying our enemies but evolution has a way of keeping things alive. See more »


Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for terror/violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 August 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Judus  »

Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,818,208 (USA) (22 August 1997)


£1,485,223 (UK) (17 July 1998)

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1.85 : 1
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The escalator in Delancey Street subway station is shown as dismantled for maintenance because the scene was filmed on a Toronto subway station platform that was closed in 1966, so its escalator was removed (See also Thrill Seekers (1999)). See more »


After Leonard and Dr. Mann fall, Dr. Mann instructs Josh to thrown down the glow sticks. He's still writing the instructions on his hand when he leaves, he never throws down anything. Neither of the 3 characters do anything that would indicate that he does. Later you see Dr. Mann using glow sticks that shouldn't be there. See more »


Leonard: You better tell me, what the hell is going on around here?
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Good for this type of movie
25 February 1999 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

I must confess I'm not a big fan of these type of movies, but since Mira Sorvino was in it, and John Sayles and Steven Soderburgh both worked on the script, I thought I'd give it a shot. This was actually pretty good, because they paid attention to the science without becoming clinical about it, and it was more interesting and credible than I expected (then again, science was never my subject). The second half of the movie is pretty much a chase movie, but that's well done for the most part, though Charles S. Dutton wears out his welcome pretty quickly in a thankless role. Sorvino is as good as I expected.

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