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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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Writers (WGA):
Donald A. Wollheim (short story "Mimic")
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Release Date:
22 August 1997 (USA) See more »
For thousands of years, man has been evolution's greatest creation... until now. See more »
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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  (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)

Directed by
Guillermo del Toro 
Writing credits
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 
Bob Kensinger 
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
Joe Curtin .... construction coordinator
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
Carson Manning .... set dresser
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 Damian 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
Alan Roberts .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
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)
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)
David Hamme .... colorist
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
105 min | 112 min (director's cut)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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 The Time Shifters (1999) (TV)).See more »
Factual errors: Near the end when Dr. Peter Mann is running from the female Mimics, he does end up in the larva room and gets the idea using his lighter and the gas to neutralize the upcoming threat with fire. When his Lighter does not function anymore and he loses it in the water he gets the idea to use sparks created by the pickaxe, which worked quite easily. However whilst all the gas pipes where metal and you hear the sound of metal hitting metal, there happened to be no single spark while he hit a dozen holes in them.See more »
Susan Tyler:They mimic us. We mimic them.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Pan's Labyrinth (2006)See more »
By The StreamSee more »


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23 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
B-movie masterpiece., 2 August 2004
Author: FilmSnobby from San Diego

What happened to Guillermo Del Toro? On the strength of his first foreign "indie" feature *Cronos*, and then this minor masterwork (his first foray into Hollywood), one was expecting great things from this director. Lately, however, he's doing hack-work on things like *Blade 2*. Whatever -- Hollywood, I guess.

In the meantime, please check out *Mimic*, if you haven't already. Yeah yeah, sure sure, it owes a lot to *Alien* (visually), *Invasion of the Body Snatchers* (thematically), and even Fincher's *Seven* (visually again). But then, those movies owe a lot to their OWN influences: indeed, science fiction is a pretty incestuous genre, with surprisingly few innovations, at least in cinema. It's enough of a pleasure to watch a guy do this type of thing correctly, which is to say, he puts his own vision and concerns to great use. This movie, like all great genre pictures, exists comfortably in two spheres: on the simple level, it speedily entertains as a gory fright film imbued with mordant humor; on the more difficult level, it provides symbolism and thematic undertow. Best of all, these two levels often work at the same time, such as when an old priest gets tossed off a building by one of the creatures, plummeting past a neon "JESUS SAVES" sign, and crashing to a gory death on the pavement. A little while later, the creature drags the dead body into the gaping black maw of an open sewer.

The corpse is gone, forever. JESUS SAVES--? Not really, I guess: not in Del Toro's world of relentless survivalism and hyper-competitive reproduction.

For the latter is what *Mimic* is really "about": the importance of breeding and offspring. The movie's surreal opening, with its rows of linen-canopied hospital beds all in a row like so many little coffins, shows us sick children, gasping for air because a cockroach-borne disease is carrying them off. The battle lines are drawn in the first few moments: Us versus Them. The casualties thus far are our most precious commodity: our kids. Cutie-pie "scientists" Mia Sorvino and Jeremy Northam glean the cure for the dread disease by concocting a genetically-altered bug whose secretions kill off the diseased cockroaches. But this "Judas Breed", as it's called, will be the only true breed this couple will engender: Sorvino fails pregnancy tests at home, while their creature -- supposedly unable to reproduce -- grows apace underneath Manhattan's fallopian sewers. Which, by the way, are strewn with the rapidly-developing creatures' eggs. It merely seems like "Nature's Way" that the Judas Breed has mutated to the size of six feet, and can mimic standing upright like their ultimate "prey", Man -- even sporting a man-like face as a sort of cover that splits apart at will, revealing the Bug Within. It's also fitting that these creatures instinctively hone in on the vulnerability of children: they viciously rip apart two kids, and befriend another who has managed to communicate with them by clicking soup-spoons together. (Perhaps they consider the little bugger might be a possible playmate for their own offspring, while they wait for him to get big enough to eat.)

Del Toro ties in his reproductive symbolism with religious motifs. ("Judas Breed.") The bugs, for instance, desecrate an old Catholic church in the city . . . but then, they're helped in this by the humans, who have barred entry to the church and have covered up the wooden saint statues with cobwebby plastic covering. Humanity, playing God by "giving birth" to unhallowed creatures, unwittingly colludes in its own extinction by denying God, to say nothing of the aforementioned curse of sterility. I've already covered the fate of the priest. There's much more, including Charles Dutton's physical sufferings that amount to a sort of mini-Passion, as well as another character's use of a pseudo-stigmata to kill one of the creatures.

But the best pleasures reside squarely in the thrills and fun of the thing. If nothing else, the scene in which a Judas Breed reveals itself to a running-away Sorvino -- running after her, scooping her up, and then flying off into the dark subway tunnel -- justifies the rest of the film's symbolic mumbo-jumbo. Speaking of Sorvino: quibble about her inadequacy all you want, but she's pretty (when not covered in bug-guts), and in any case Dutton's heroic performance cancels out the bimbo factor. Dutton gives his all in this film. Luckily for him and us, the film is more than worthy of his efforts.

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