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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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If she looked upon the horror her husband had become... she would scream for the rest of her life! 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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Trivia

Vincent Price had to do about 10 takes of the last scene in the film 'The Fly' due to laughing so much. See more »

Goofs

When Andre explains to his wife how the teleportation process functions, he claims that the disintegrated object's atoms travel at the speed of light. Atoms have mass and therefore cannot travel at light speed; only photons, which have no mass, can do so. See more »

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Andre Delambre: It'd be funny if life wasn't so sacred.
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Scenes engraved on the mind
28 August 2000 | by existentialSee all my reviews

It's been said again and again that this is a good horror film. A Very Good film. But it is more than that.

I can still hear with my mind's ear (is that right?) the sound of the hydraulic press "WHUMP" and the echo. Then again that "WHUMP" ... is there another sound experience that reverberates through a movie like that?

Sure, surround sound, THX, all that tech stuff, but the sound as the manifestation of the crime that encircles this story, the horror as the mind tries to put together the images that (finally) is seen in a flashback as this scene bookends the start and "finish" of the plot.

The inner struggle of the scientist as he fights with his human hand to control the spasms of his "fly" arm is both horrible and heart-wrenching.

The shock as the cloth is torn away from the scientist's head... the fly's POV shot with facets and mirrors of the the screaming face of the scientist's poor wife! The scene at the spider's web as the shrill voice begs "help me... help me"

The horror of murder of a man/thing and a thing/man being shown and even compared in sharp (but obvious) dialogue.

You MUST see this and experience the earlier days of horror -when classics like this, like "The Thing From Another World," like "It, the Terror From Beyond Space" (the original model of Alien) exhibit a freshness and a palpable terror that remakes cannot capture, whatever wonderful special effects are thrown in to add to the creepiness. Sure these later gorefest horror films are good. I buy them all the time. But they are a different genre. The Fly with Vincent Price is NOT the same story as The Fly with Jeff Goldblum. It's not really a remake as a retelling.

See the original. It is rich with emotion and intelligence, not to mention some pretty fine acting for what was really a "B" movie.


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