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The Fly (1958)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi | 16 July 1958 (USA)
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A scientist has a horrific accident when he tries to use his newly invented teleportation device.

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Kurt Neumann

Writers:

James Clavell (screenplay), George Langelaan (based on a story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
David Hedison ... Andre Delambre (as Al Hedison)
Patricia Owens ... Helene Delambre
Vincent Price ... François Delambre
Herbert Marshall ... Insp. Charas
Kathleen Freeman ... Emma
Betty Lou Gerson ... Nurse Andersone
Charles Herbert ... Philippe Delambre
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Storyline

After her husband Andre Delambre is crushed to death in a mechanical press, his wife recounts to his brother Francois Delambre and police Inspector Charas the events of the previous few months. They were very much in love and with their little boy, a very happy family. Andre was experimenting with teleportation - transporting objects from one point to another by breaking the object down to the atomic level and then reassembling it in a receiver a distance away. The system had some glitches - it seemed to work with inanimate object but his cat disappeared when he tried teleporting it. He thinks he's solved all of the problems with his invention and decides to try and teleport himself. When a fly enters the teleportation device with him, disaster strikes. Written by garykmcd

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She had to kill the thing her husband had become -- But could she? See more »

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Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

16 July 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La mosca See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

3 Channel Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Although many people swear they have seen this film in black and white, they never have. This is known as the "Mandella Effect", which is simply a false memory. It's extremely common. The Fly was only ever filmed and shown in colour. However, the sequels The Return of the Fly and Curse of the Fly, are in black and white. This is more than likely where the confusion comes from. Or they might have watched it on a black & white television, which were common through the 1980s. See more »

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Just before they go to the ballet, Andre and Helene share a kiss near the telephone in their home. At the beginning of the kiss, both of them had their heads tilted to the right. When the camera zoomed in, they were suddenly tilting their heads to the left. See more »

Quotes

Insp. Charas: He put his head and his arm under the press. Why?
Helene Delambre: I cannot answer that question; coffee, Inspector?
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Classic 1950s pop-horror, gets under your skin
7 July 2010 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

The Fly (1958)

You might be convinced to see a movie just because it has Vincent Price and Herbert Marshall in it--they come from different backgrounds, but both are serious actors with nuance and clearly chiseled personalities. And they definitely raise the movie up.

But it's the story that is the star here. A Ray Bradbury kind of science fiction, where a futuristic idea enters middle America, and where something goes terribly, bizarrely wrong. If you think about it it's disturbing, but the movie doesn't pause to let you think. One of its strengths is that it never flags. And the main character, the handsome father and scientist (who creates the invention of the century in his basement), is brilliant. He's suave, alternately relaxed and obsessed, reasonable and believable even when talking about the unbelievable.

The flaws are so obvious they you can skim over them--the fly effects at the end, their stupidity at catching and losing the fly, the notion of insanity, the television kind of family interactions--but it does make the movie more of an entertainment than some fine art classic. But hey, that's what it's supposed to be, and really enjoyable. Even in parts brilliant. Watch it!


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