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Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

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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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Don Siegel

Writers:

Daniel Mainwaring (screenplay), Jack Finney (Collier's magazine serial)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin McCarthy ... Dr. Miles J. Bennell
Dana Wynter ... Becky Driscoll
Larry Gates ... Dr. Dan 'Danny' Kauffman
King Donovan ... Jack Belicec
Carolyn Jones ... Theodora 'Teddy' Belicec
Jean Willes ... Nurse Sally Withers
Ralph Dumke Ralph Dumke ... Police Chief Nick Grivett
Virginia Christine ... Wilma Lentz
Tom Fadden ... Uncle Ira Lentz
Kenneth Patterson Kenneth Patterson ... Stanley Driscoll
Guy Way ... Officer Sam Janzek
Eileen Stevens Eileen Stevens ... Anne Grimaldi
Beatrice Maude Beatrice Maude ... Grandma Grimaldi
Jean Andren Jean Andren ... Eleda Lentz
Bobby Clark 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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The original nightmare that threatened the world See more »

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Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Body Snatchers See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$417,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Walter Wanger Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Perspecta Sound encoding) (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

On the wall of Jack Belicec's home above the pool table where he shows Miles a pod person that will turn into him, are three posters, presumably the cover art for mystery novels or thrillers Jack has authored: "Chat Blanc," "Mirroir Noir," and "Femme Fatale." They are all French phrases. The third is a familiar term for a stock figure in film noir; the first two translate as "White Cat" and "Black Mirror." See more »

Goofs

The morning after Dr. Bennell brings Becky to his house, she makes breakfast for him. She asks if he wants his eggs boiled for 2 minutes. Then they hear a noise which is the gasman in the basement, and talk to him. She then runs back exclaiming "They'll be hard boiled!". But they've only been in the water for 34 seconds. What she then serves would essentially be raw eggs. See more »

Quotes

Becky Driscoll: Is this an example of your bedside manner, doctor?
Dr. Miles J. Bennell: No, ma'am. That comes later.
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Crazy Credits

THE END comes up on the final shot of the film of Miles looking relieved that Dr Hill has believed his story, and is calling the FBI about the alien invasion of Santa Mira. See more »

Alternate Versions

Originally released at 80 minutes; reissued in 1979 at 76 minutes, deleting the studio-imposed prologue and epilogue starring Whit Bissel and Richard Deacon. See more »

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What A Great Scene
27 August 2006 | by RoteSee 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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