Invasion of the Body Snatchers ()

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In San Francisco, a group of people discover the human race is being replaced one by one, with clones devoid of emotion.


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Matthew Bennell
Elizabeth Driscoll
Jack Bellicec
Nancy Bellicec
Dr. David Kibner
Dr. Geoffrey Howell
Katherine Hendley
Running Man
Taxi Driver
Ted Hendley
Stan Ritchie ...
David Fisher ...
Mr. Gianni
Tom Dahlgren ...
Garry Goodrow ...
Dr. Boccardo (as Gary Goodrow)
Jerry Walter ...
Restaurant Owner
Maurice Argent ...
Sam Conti ...
Street Barker
Mr. Tong
R. Wong ...
Mrs. Tong
Rose Kaufman ...
Outraged Woman
Joe Bellan ...
Sam Hiona ...
Policeman #1
Lee McVeigh ...
Policeman #2
Al Nalbandian ...
Rodent Man (as Albert Nalbandian)
Lee Mines ...
School Teacher
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Health Dept. Floor Cleaner (uncredited)
Priest on Swing (uncredited)
Anthony Garibaldi ...
Student (uncredited)
Kevin Harris ...
Dr. of pods (uncredited)
City Official on Phone (uncredited) (voice)
Misty ...
Harry's Boxer Dog (uncredited)
PG&E Man (uncredited)
Pod Person at Party (uncredited)

Directed by

Philip Kaufman

Written by

W.D. Richter ... (screenplay)
Jack Finney ... (novel "The Body Snatchers")

Produced by

Robert H. Solo ... producer

Music by

Denny Zeitlin

Cinematography by

Michael Chapman ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Douglas Stewart

Editorial Department

Norman Mau ... apprentice editor

Casting By

Mary Goldberg

Production Design by

Charles Rosen

Set Decoration by

Doug von Koss

Costume Design by

Aggie Guerard Rodgers ... (as Agnes Anne Rogers)

Makeup Department

Thomas R. Burman ... makeup artist (as Thomas Burman)
Edouard F. Henriques ... makeup artist (as Edouard Henriques)
Edie Panda ... hair stylist
Bob Westmoreland ... makeup artist

Production Management

Alan Levine ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Jim Bloom ... first assistant director
Toby Lovallo ... second assistant director

Art Department

Sherman Labby ... production illustrator
Michael O'Donnell ... assistant property master
Holly Walker ... assistant property master
Burt C. Wiley ... property master (as Burt Wiley)
Dale Woodall ... construction coordinator
Bill Gold ... poster designer (uncredited)
Dale Haugo ... scenic artist (uncredited)
Ken Sly ... carpenter (uncredited)

Sound Department

Mark Berger ... re-recording mixer
Ben Burtt ... Special Sound Effects Created by
Susan R. Crutcher ... Stereo Sound Effects Recording and Design (as Susan Crutcher)
Bonnie Koehler ... supervising sound editor
John Nutt ... sound editor
Steve Powell ... boom operator (as Stephen Powell)
Art Rochester ... production sound mixer / sound
Andy Wiskes ... Stereo Sound Effects Recording and Design (as Andrew Wiskes) / re-recording mixer (as Andrew Wiskes)
Barbara McBane ... assistant sound editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Russel Hessey ... special effects (as Russ Hessey)
Dell Rheaume ... special effects


David R. Ellis ... stunt coordinator (as David Ellis)

Camera and Electrical Department

Alan S. Blauvelt ... second assistant camera (as Allan Blauvelt)
Dustin Blauvelt ... first assistant camera (as Dusty Blauvelt)
Dick Dova ... key grip (as Dick Dova Spah)
Wynn Hammer ... still photographer
Leo Loverro ... dolly grip
Joe R. Marquette Jr. ... camera operator (as Joe Marquette)
George Michael Pantages ... head electrician
Louis Niemeyer ... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Bill Pelkey ... electrician (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Mary Elizabeth Still ... assistant costumer (as Mary Still)

Location Management

Allen Pettigrew ... location manager

Music Department

Jerry Garcia ... musician: banjo
Ving Hershon ... music editor
Roger Kellaway ... conductor
Greig McRitchie ... orchestrator
Phill Sawyer ... music production coordinator
Dan Wallin ... music scoring mixer (uncredited)

Other crew

John Blowitz ... unit publicist
Patrick Burns ... production assistant
Ron Dexter ... space sequence
Howard Preston ... space sequence
Alice Tompkins ... script supervisor
Joan Wellman ... production secretary
Bret Culpepper ... owner: "Misty" (uncredited) / trainer: "Misty" (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

The first remake of the paranoid infiltration classic moves the setting for the invasion from a small town to the city of San Fransisco and starts as Matthew Bennell notices that several of his friends are complaining that their close relatives are in some way different. When questioned later they themselves seem changed as they deny everything or make lame excuses. As the invaders increase in number they become more open and Bennell, who has by now witnessed an attempted "replacement" realises that he and his friends must escape or suffer the same fate. But who can he trust to help him and who has already been snatched? Written by Mark Thompson

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Also Known As
  • L'invasion des profanateurs (France)
  • Die Körperfresser kommen (Germany)
  • La invasió dels ultracossos (Spain, Catalan title)
  • La invasión de los ultracuerpos (Spain)
  • Plishut Hotfay Ha-Goofote (Israel, Hebrew title)
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  • 115 min
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Box Office

Budget $3,500,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $1,298,129, 25 Dec 1978

Did You Know?

Trivia Donald Sutherland insisted on performing his own stunts in the film's climax. His scenes at the pod factory were filmed without harnesses or nets. In the shot of a fireball erupting from the factory, Sutherland barely missed it. However, an extra missed his cue and was seriously injured from the explosion. See more »
Goofs When pods attack Matthew and the others at Matthew's house, four bodies form in the yard, yet Nancy isn't asleep. She's shown wide awake, and she's the one who wakes the others when she goes outside and sees the bodies growing. If the pods can only attack when the human victim is asleep, there should have only been three bodies. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Ice Queen (2005). See more »
Soundtracks Amazing Grace See more »
Quotes Matthew Bennell: [dials his phone] I'll get the police.
Telephone Operator: [voice] Police.
Matthew Bennell: Officer, I'd like to report four bodies in my backyard.
Telephone Operator: Wait right there Mr. Bennell.
Matthew Bennell: How do you know my name?
Jack Bellicec: [Jack's eyes widen with fear] Hang up, Matthew.
Matthew Bennell: [into the phone] I didn't tell you my name.
Jack Bellicec: Hang up!
Matthew Bennell: [hangs up the phone] I didn't tell them my name!
Nancy Bellicec: That's because they're all part of it. They're all pods, all of them!
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