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Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi | 5 February 1956 (USA)
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A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. Miles J. Bennell
... Becky Driscoll
... Dr. Dan 'Danny' Kauffman
... Jack Belicec
... Theodora 'Teddy' Belicec
... Nurse Sally Withers
Ralph Dumke ... Police Chief Nick Grivett
... Wilma Lentz
... Uncle Ira Lentz
Kenneth Patterson ... Stanley Driscoll
... Officer Sam Janzek
Eileen Stevens ... Anne Grimaldi
Beatrice Maude ... Grandma Grimaldi
Jean Andren ... Eleda Lentz
Bobby Clark ... Jimmy Grimaldi
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Storyline

Dr. Miles Bennell returns to his small town practice to find several of his patients suffering the paranoid delusion that their friends or relatives are impostors. He is initially skeptical, especially when the alleged doppelgangers are able to answer detailed questions about their victim's lives, but he is eventually persuaded that something odd has happened and determines to find out what is causing this phenomenon. Written by Mark Thompson <mrt@oasis.icl.co.uk>

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Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

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5 February 1956 (USA)  »

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The Body Snatchers  »

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$417,000 (estimated)
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(Perspecta Sound encoding) (Western Electric Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Bronson Canyon was also the location for the tunnel where Miles and Becky hide. A trench was dug for them to lie in with planks placed over them for the scene in which the pod people run through the tunnel looking for them. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning, when Miles is picked up by his nurse at the train station and she opens the car's back door for his suitcase you can see the back seat upholstery is a very wide tuck & roll. A few moments later as they are riding in the car you see it is a very tight tuck. See more »

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Dr. Miles J. Bennell: Even these days, it isn't as easy to go crazy as you might think. But you don't have to be losing your mind to need psychiatric help.
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What A Great Scene
27 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

In the movie there is a sequence in which Dr. Bennell leaves the cave. He steps out while Becky stays behind almost falling asleep. Is Dr. Bennell drawn out by a desire to check how their escape is progressing or to listen to that beautiful music that is coming from the radio. He is probably thinking that anybody playing such a beautiful tune can't be out to get him. This a a great scene. I am eager to know what the name of that tune is.

It is a touch choice between this movie and the sequel made with Donald Sutherland but I am inclined to not only say that this is the better of the two but also go so far as to say that it is one of the best horror movies ever made.


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