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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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The fly with the head of a man...! And the man with the head of a fly! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

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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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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

3 Channel Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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A scene from this film can be seen in The X Files. 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 »

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Helene Delambre: André wants to show you something.
François Delambre: In the lab? Well, what is it? Flat screen?
Helene Delambre: It's better. No more questions. Come on.
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A nightmare
22 June 2005 | by drmality-1See all my reviews

The "help me, help meeeee" scene revolted and scared me so much as a young child that it was years before I could see this movie again. Even now I cringe when I witness that nightmarish scene. As good as Cronenberg's movie is (and it is very good), there is nothing that surpasses the delirious horror of the man-fly in the spider's grasp.

Elsewhere, the movie is rather subdued. In some spots, almost too much so. Although the first revelation of The Fly's appearance is another classic spot...the multiple reflections was a great touch. Like all great monsters, the Fly has a very sympathetic edge to it. We are revolted by the horror of this monster but we feel overwhelming pity for him as well.

Vincent Price does a workman-like job in a rather blasé part. Usually he adds a special touch to a film, but really, any number of actors could have played his part here.

The scientific basis of this movie is pure rubbish, as there is no way that insect and human parts could biologically interact with each other. The result of such a mixture would be instantly dead in real life.

But that doesn't matter here. A nightmare has its own logic. And "The Fly" is a nightmare.


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