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Mulder and Scully must fight the government in a conspiracy and find the truth about an alien colonization of Earth.

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With problems appearing between FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, a dangerous conspiracy is starting to appear. A deadly virus, which appears to be of extraterrestrial origin has appeared, which could destroy all life on Earth. With the help of a paranoid doctor, Alvin Kurtzweil, Mulder and Scully must act fast in order to save everyone on the planet. Written by Film_Fan

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agent | fbi | government | texas | bomb | See more »

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Discover the past, live the present, fight the future. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some intense violence and gore | See all certifications »

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19 June 1998 (USA)  »

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$66,000,000 (estimated)

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£2,506,148 (UK) (21 August 1998)

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$83,892,374 (USA) (9 October 1998)
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Conrad Strughold (Armin Mueller-Stahl) was named for the real Strughold, a Nazi scientist who conducted experiments on prisoners during World War II. See more »

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When Mulder is locked in the room with the bomb, the person cutting through the door starts at the top of the door and works downward, but all he really needed to do was to cut around the lock and the door handle, which would have saved time. See more »

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Ben Bronschweig, M.D.: So much for little green men.
Conrad Strughold: He is but one man. One man alone cannot fight the future.
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Referenced in The X-Files: Alone (2001) See more »

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A laughable cult to be derided like The Invaders, Land of the Giants or, indeed, Lost In Space. Wrong.
15 December 1998 | by (Manchester, England) – See all my reviews

When it began you may have thought this paranoid adventure's destiny, in say fifteen years time, was a slot after The Waltons on a Sunday afternoon. A laughable cult to be derided like The Invaders, Land of the Giants or, indeed, Lost In Space. Wrong. It has matured into the most revered SF phenomenon since Star Trek and as those champions of hair, ZZ Top, once proclaimed it's 'got legs'.

Forsaking opening credits or a slow build-up, director Rob Bowman propels us on to a roller-coaster ride of moderately daft spooky shenanigans and grand effects. All the same elements from the TV series are here, shadowy high-ranking figures controlling the planet - "These people have been secretly negotiating a planned Armageddon", plenty of furtive glances and hellish beasties from the dawn of time. Plus we have the two small box giants, Mulder (David 'Mondeo Man' Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian 'the FHM pin-up' Anderson), coming across marvellously well on the big screen.

In fact, for a show which thrives on a claustrophobic feel, this wide-screen treatment is cleverly handled. Bowman arms his two leads with a witty, edgy script, and pits them against the pervading evil through a combination of Aliens, James Bond and Alfred Hitchcock action sequences.

Ultimately, The X-Files is very entertaining and thankfully devoid of any product placing or blessed meteors.


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