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Mimic -- Two genetic engineers create a half-insect/half-human that eventually reproduces beyond their control and begins to prey on people.

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Donald A. Wollheim (short story "Mimic")
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Release Date:
22 August 1997 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
For thousands of years, man has been evolution's greatest creation... until now. See more »
Plot:
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! Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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3 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Dark and atmospheric horror See more (146 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Mira Sorvino ... Dr. Susan Tyler

Jeremy Northam ... Dr. Peter Mann
Alexander Goodwin ... Chuy

Giancarlo Giannini ... Manny

Charles S. Dutton ... Leonard

Josh Brolin ... Josh

Alix Koromzay ... Remy

F. Murray Abraham ... Dr. Gates
James Costa ... Ricky
Javon Barnwell ... Davis

Norman Reedus ... Jeremy
Pak-Kwong Ho ... Preacher
Glenn Bang ... Yang (as Glen Bang)
Margaret Ma ... Chinese Woman
Warna Fisher ... Bag Lady
Alan Argue ... Skeletal Bum
Charles Hayter ... Homeless Man

Julian Richings ... Workman

James Kidnie ... Subway Repairman
Eve English ... Homeless Woman
Bill Lasovich ... Long John #1

Doug Jones ... Long John #2
Roger Clown ... Long John #3
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Marian Caparrós ... Bystander SWAT arrival (uncredited)

Thomas Lundy ... Subway Passenger (uncredited)
Napo ... Homeless (uncredited)

Rocco Salata ... Swat Team Leader (uncredited)
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Directed by
Guillermo del Toro 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Donald A. Wollheim (short story "Mimic")

Matthew Robbins (screen story) &
Guillermo del Toro (screen story)

Matthew Robbins (screenplay) &
Guillermo del Toro (screenplay)

Produced by
Ole Bornedal .... producer
Stuart Cornfeld .... co-executive producer
Cary Granat .... co-producer
Clark Henderson .... associate producer
Michael Phillips .... executive producer
Richard Potter .... co-producer
B.J. Rack .... producer
Andrew Rona .... co-producer
Scott Shiffman .... co-producer
Bob Weinstein .... producer
Harvey Weinstein .... co-executive producer
Michael Zoumas .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Marco Beltrami 
 
Cinematography by
Dan Laustsen 
 
Film Editing by
Peter Devaney Flanagan 
Patrick Lussier 
 
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Billy Hopkins 
Suzanne Smith 
 
Production Design by
Carol Spier 
 
Art Direction by
Tamara Deverell 
 
Set Decoration by
Elinor Rose Galbraith 
 
Costume Design by
Marie-Sylvie Deveau 
 
Makeup Department
Lee Joyner .... sculptor: The Character Shop
Zane Knisely .... creature effects
Jay McClennen .... sculptor (as Jay McClennan)
Donald Mowat .... makeup department head
Colin Penman .... creature effects
Colin Penman .... special makeup effects artist
Brian Pierson .... special makeup effects artist
Jason Collins .... creature fabricator (uncredited)
Jeff Swan .... makeup effects lab technician (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Dennis Chapman .... production manager
Eddy Collyns .... unit production manager: second unit, New York
David Witz .... unit production manager: Los Angeles
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jeff J.J. Authors .... second unit director
Rick Bota .... second unit director
Roman Alexander Buchok .... second assistant director: second unit (as Al Buchok)
Lisa Campbell .... first assistant director: Los Angeles
Walter Gasparovic .... assistant director
Cameron Kuc .... trainee assistant director
Kirsteen McLean .... trainee assistant director
Michelle Morris .... second assistant director: second unit
Robert Rodriguez .... second unit director
Tim Singh .... third assistant director: second unit
 
Art Department
John Bannister .... key scenic artist
Carlos Caneca .... prop buyer
Guy Hendrix Dyas .... illustrator (as Guy Dyas)
Danielle Fleury .... assistant set decorator
Christopher Geggie .... property master
Anthony F. Grani .... art department apprentice
Arvinder Grewal .... assistant art director
John Hoskins .... construction coordinator
Steven Kreuch .... property master: New York
Fireball Tim Lawrence .... storyboard artist (as Tim Lawrence)
Robert J. Lewis .... storyboard artist
Michael Madden .... assistant art director
Michael Madden .... set designer
John Mann .... designer/storyboards
Adam Martyn .... moldmaker-vacuumformer-silicone seamer
John McFarlane .... production designer: second unit
Michael Williams'Willis' .... construction labor
Cyndi Ochs .... art department coordinator: Rick Lazzarini's Character Shop
Jeff Poulis .... property master: second unit
Douglas W. Randall .... property master: Los Angeles
Todd Rex .... sculptor
Robert S. Smith .... carpenter
Brett Tyler .... painter
Peter Legault .... assistant head carpenter (uncredited)
Gary Thomas .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Sandina Bailo-Lape .... foley editor
Jessica Bellfort .... assistant sound editor
Phil Benson .... supervising sound editor
Steve Boeddeker .... sound designer
Karen Brocco .... supervising assistant sound (as Karen A. Brocco)
Kent Brown .... sound design assistant
Fred Clemons .... machine room operator
Fred Clemons .... sound re-recordist
Andrew Cowitt .... technical assistant
Jonathan Cronin .... technical assistant
Cody Dorkin .... adr
Tony Eckert .... foley mixer
Sean England .... foley recordist
Sean England .... machine room operator
Sue Fox .... adr editor (as Suzanne Fox)
Andrea Gard .... sound assistant (as Andrea S. Gard)
Glen Gauthier .... sound
Jonathan Greber .... digital sound transfers
Marni L. Hammett .... transfer supervisor
Lora Hirschberg .... sound re-recording mixer
Frank 'Pepe' Merel .... foley re-recordist
Michael Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
Marnie Moore .... foley artist
Tom Myers .... additional sound designer
Marcie Romano .... assistant sound editor
Ronald G. Roumas .... sound re-recordist
Claire Sanfilippo .... dialogue editor
Susan Sanford .... assistant sound editor
Christopher Scarabosio .... sound effects editor
Jurgen Scharpf .... sound mix technician
Dee Selby .... digital sound transfers
Robert Shoup .... supervising sound editor
Kent Sparling .... sound mix technician
Andrea Stelter .... technical assistant sound designer
Dianna Stirpe .... dialogue editor
Randy Thom .... sound designer
Dennie Thorpe .... foley artist
John Torrijos .... video services
David E. Turner .... machine room operator (as Dave Turner)
Jana Vance .... foley artist
Christian von Burkleo .... video services
Jennifer L. Ware .... adr editor
Gwendolyn Yates Whittle .... adr supervisor
 
Special Effects by
Amy Ali .... creature effects
Marc Banich .... special effects foreman
Jason Bardis .... special effects technician
Enrique Bilsland .... mechanical designer
Stephen R. Blandino .... puppeteer
Stephen R. Blandino .... special effects
Jason Board .... effects key
Rick Bota .... special effects second unit director
Chris Bridges .... animatronic technician
Al Broussard .... special effects coordinator
Wes C. Caefer .... mechanical designer
Robert Clark .... key sculptor: creature shop
R.S. Cole .... creature technician
Gilles Corbeil .... steadicam operator
Pamela Cveticanin .... special effects technician
Bob Hall .... special effects key
Jeff Jackson .... sculptor
Tony Kenny .... key special effects: second unit
Tom Killeen .... SAG puppeteer
Tom Killeen .... creature paint designer
Dana Klaren .... animatronics technician
Arthur Langevin .... special effects first assistant
Rocco Larizza .... special effects technician
Mark Lawton .... special effects foreman
Gary Martinez .... mechanical designer (puppeteer)
Vincent Montefusco .... special effects supervisor: 2nd unit-pyro
Buzz Mooney .... creature effects (as William 'Buzz' Mooney)
Duncan Orthner .... special effects assistant
Scott Oshita .... mechanical designer (puppeteer)
Brian Poor .... animatronics technician: the Character Shop
Thomas Rasada .... special effects
Ron Rosegard .... special effects
Sean Sansom .... creature effects technician
Bryan Sides .... mechanical technician
Peter Sissakis .... special effects technician
Kyle Thomson .... special effects
Kenneth Van Order .... special effects
Sophie Vertigan .... special effects props builder
Matthew Waters .... creature effects
 
Visual Effects by
Dave Asling .... model builder
Dave Axford .... key model maker
Dennis Berardi .... digital film recording: Cine-Byte Imaging Inc.
Louise Bertrand .... digital effects production manager
Marc Bourbonnais .... computer graphics artist: Hybride
Jon Campfens .... visual effects supervisor: end sequence
John D.B. Cox .... visual effects coordinator: GVFX
Bret Culp .... senior artist
Colin Cunningham .... senior 3D animator: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures
Enid Dalkoff .... digital artist
Luc Desmarais .... technical support: Hybride
Sara Fillmore .... production coordinator: C.O.R.E. Digital
Rick Gajdecki .... key model builder
Gudrun Heinze .... digital compositor
Sasha Jarh .... production manager: GVFX miniatures unit
Brian Jennings .... visual effects supervisor
Joseph Kasparian .... digital textures
Joseph Kasparian .... lighting artist
François Lambert .... digital compositor: Hybride
Daniel Leduc .... digital effects supervisor
Patrick Legault .... technical support: Hybride
Jim Livolsi .... digital production manager: title sequence
John Mariella .... animation director
Jeff Matakovich .... visual effects supervisor: Optical Illusions
Sébastien Moreau .... Inferno compositor
Bob Munroe .... animation director
Michel Murdock .... visual effects financial controller: Hybride
Edwin Ng .... senior animator
Stephen Price .... visual effects executive producer: C.O.R.E. Digital
Pierre Raymond .... digital effects producer
Mark Savela .... visual effects coordinator
Craig Seitz .... digital effects supervisor
Ralph Sevazlian .... effects animator: C.O.R.E. digital pictures
Jesse Silver .... matte artist
Martin Talbot .... technical support: Hybride
Philippe Theroux .... computer graphics supervisor
Tom Turnbull .... director of photography: effects unit (as Thomas Turnbull)
Tracey Vaz .... digital paint artist: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures
Sean Wickett .... model maker (as Richard Cudmore)
David Willows .... digital effects artist
Thanh Nguyen .... modeler (uncredited)
Paul Rigg .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Stephen Sobisky .... project manager: Viewpoint Datalabs (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Jane Austin .... stunt performer
Marco Bianco .... stunts
Dan Bradley .... stunt coordinator: Los Angeles
Ben Bray .... stunts
Doug Coleman .... stunts
Shelley Cook .... stunts
Kathy Jarvis .... stunt double
Danny Lima .... stunts
Steve Lucescu .... stunts
Ray Lykins .... stunts
Bobby Ore .... stunt driver
Branko Racki .... stunt coordinator
Branko Racki .... stunts
Joseph Racki .... stunts
Robert Racki .... stunt rigger
Con Schell .... stunts
Marco Bianco .... key stunt rigger (uncredited)
Keith Campbell .... stunts (uncredited)
Eric Chambers .... stunts (uncredited)
Doc D. Charbonneau .... stunts (uncredited)
John Escobar .... stunts (uncredited)
Claudette James .... stunts (uncredited)
Mic Jones .... fire stunt rigger (uncredited)
Kurt D. Lott .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Perez .... stunts (uncredited)
Susan Purkhiser .... stunt driver (uncredited)
John Stoneham Jr. .... stunt rigger (uncredited)
Cris Thomas-Palomino .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Barrett .... electrician
Sam Bojin .... electrician
Gilles Corbeil .... camera operator
Billy Craft .... lighting technician
Ralph Flores Jr. .... gaffer: visual effects unit
Bryan Forde .... gaffer
Candide Franklyn .... dolly grip
Kerry Hayes .... still photographer
David Kellner .... best boy electric
Mike Kirilenko .... key grip
Jim Krauter .... key rigging grip
Tim Lewis .... assistant camera
Damon Marcellino .... set lighting technician
Robert McRae .... gaffer: rigging
Malcolm Nefsky .... best boy: second unit
Herb Reischl Jr. .... electrician
Tracy Shaw .... dolly grip: second unit
 
Animation Department
Eric Lessard .... animator
 
Casting Department
Deborah Maxwell Dion .... casting assistant: Los Angeles
Aric Dupere .... extras casting assistant
Donna Dupere .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vivian Baumann .... costumer
Sylvie Bonniere .... wardrobe assistant
John Casey .... costume supervisor
Jay Du Boisson .... assistant costume designer
Helen Monaghan .... key set costumer
Carol Wong .... costume buyer
 
Editorial Department
Doug Caron .... first assistant editor
Greg D'Auria .... assistant editor
Carl V. Dupré .... assistant editor
Rob Evans .... dailies colorist
Fred Fouquet .... editor: opening title sequence
Mark Griffith .... digital intermediate colorist (2009 digital restoration)
Lara Johnston .... assistant film editor: Canada
Bob McMillian .... color timer
Lisa Mozden .... assistant editor
Abby Gail Palanker .... post-production coordinator
Benjamin Rapoport .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Pete Anthony .... orchestrator
William Boston .... orchestrator
Stuart Goetz .... music editor
Benoit Grey .... music copyist
John Kurlander .... scoring mixer
Chris McGeary .... music editor
Tommy Lockett .... music editor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Antonio Molina .... transportation coordinator: Los Angeles, additional shooting
Elaine Patarini .... transportation
Dave Staples .... transportation coordinator
Mitchel Stewart .... driver captain
Don Tardino .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Brad Alexander .... assistant location manager
Chris Amos .... stand-in: "Leonard"
Drazen Baric .... production assistant
Carl Barnes .... stand-in: "Leonard"
Suzo Barzman .... assistant: Ms. Sorvino
Rob Bottin .... creature design
Kimberley Bradley .... production office coordinator
Michael Bradshaw .... stand-in: "Chuy"
Derek Brady .... location scout
Richard Bronskill .... auricle operator
Kyle Cooper .... title sequence: designer and second unit director
David Crockett .... production accountant: Toronto and Los Angeles
TyRuben Ellingson .... creature design
David Flaherty .... location manager
Karin Fong .... title designer: Imaginary Forces
Michael Angelo Gallo .... stand-in: "Chuy"
Christopher Gambale .... assistant to harvey weinstein
Beth Gilinsky .... assistant production office coordinator
Stephen Hoeger .... creature crew
Dana Klaren .... puppeteer
Steven R. Kutcher .... termite wrangler: Los Angeles (as Steven Kutcher)
Rick Lazzarini .... creatures creator
Jim Lovisek .... insect wrangler
Ray McMillan .... rear projection supervisor
Kimberlee Morley .... assistant to director
Abby Gail Palanker .... assistant to producer
Diane Pitblado .... dialect coach
Dug Rotstein .... script supervisor
Robin Sarafinchan .... production coordinator
Ron Schmidt .... production coordinator
Cat Sides .... office coordinator (as Cathy Sides)
Cat Sides .... studio coordinator (as Cathy Sides)
Alan Sutton .... fire protection & safety
Gail Thomas .... adr voice
Nick Veziris .... gun wrangler
Mika Ward .... stand-in: "Susan"
Dana Yee .... title designer: Imaginary Forces
Thomas Yee .... translator and interpreter
Matthew Howard .... adr loop group (uncredited)
George Ploszczansky .... personal security: Mira Sorvino (uncredited)
Marcel Valcarce .... compositor: main titles (uncredited)
 

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Rated R for terror/violence and language
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Trivia:
The scene where Mira Sorvino and Jeremy Northam walk in the hall with all the sick kids lying in their beds was actually directed by Ole Bornedal, one of the producers on the film.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: In an aerial stock shot at around 9:00 min running time of the Director's Cut, the PanAm Building is to be seen. It was re-branded MetLife Building in 1993, when in fact the film is set in 1997.See more »
Quotes:
[on insect's inner motivation]
Dr. Gates:Can I eat it or will it eat me?
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Soundtrack:
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18 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Dark and atmospheric horror, 21 January 2002
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

In New York a disease carried by cockroaches threatens to wipe out a whole generation of children. A scientist, Susan Tyler, breeds a new bug that mimics the cockroach and wipes out the disease. However years later something is living in New York's subways that looks human. Tyler suspects that her breed has not died out but has evolved to imitate it's natural predator - us. Her investigations into the subway lead her to more than she bargained for.

This is an atmospheric thriller from Guillermo del Toro, director of The Devil's Backbone and Cronos. He manages to mix great director with good old fashioned monster horror to great effect. The concept itself is clever, even if the idea of bugs evolving to look very like humans is a little far fetched. However, once the action moves to the subway the fact that the bugs are clearly lethal no matter what they look like, makes this less important. The film is quite short and makes the action come quicker and seem more urgent. Several people get killed by the bug that wouldn't usually get killed in this sort of horror (children for example), this is very effective as it is quite scary to see the unexpected happen.

The mood is dark throughout and Del Toro uses the sewers and subway to great effect, creating a real sense of claustrophobia - like the humans have entered the bug's world and not the other way round. The bugs are shown early on in the film - usually not a good idea (keep it hidden in the Jaws way), but here the special effects are good enough to make the bug really believable. However the horror is not in seeing the bugs but in they way they hunt and kill - the fear is in what could happen. That's why seeing them doesn't take anything away.

The cast are great, Sorvino especially is very good in the lead. Jeremy Northam and Charles S. Dutton are good in support and Abraham Murray adds a bit of cameo class (though his role is quite unnecessary). But the director is the real star adding some genuine scares and real mood to a film that could have easily been just another creature-feature that goes straight to video and straight to the back of your mind.

Overall a superior creature horror film.

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