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The Fly (1986)

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A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong.

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David Cronenberg

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George Langelaan (short story), Charles Edward Pogue (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jeff Goldblum ... Seth Brundle
Geena Davis ... Veronica Quaife
John Getz ... Stathis Borans
Joy Boushel ... Tawny
Leslie Carlson ... Dr. Cheevers (as Les Carlson)
George Chuvalo ... Marky
Michael Copeman ... 2nd Man in Bar
David Cronenberg ... Gynecologist
Carol Lazare Carol Lazare ... Nurse
Shawn Hewitt Shawn Hewitt ... Clerk
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Storyline

Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum), a brilliant but eccentric scientist attempts to woo investigative journalist Veronica Quaife (Geena Davis) by offering her a scoop on his latest research in the field of matter transportation, which against all the expectations of the scientific establishment have proved successful. Up to a point. Brundle thinks he has ironed out the last problem when he successfully transports a living creature, but when he attempts to teleport himself a fly enters one of the transmission booths, and Brundle finds he is a changed man. This Science-Gone-Mad film is the source of the quotable quote "Be afraid. Be very afraid." Written by Mark Thompson <mrt@oasis.icl.co.uk>

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Half man. Half insect. Total terror. See more »

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Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La mosca See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,007,423, 17 August 1986, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$40,456,565

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,172,594
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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After the successful teleportation of the baboon, Veronica tells Seth that he'll never have to be carsick again, to which Seth says "or airsick or seasick." In The Right Stuff (1983), Jeff Goldblum played a man who got seasick. In Independence Day (1996), he played a man who got airsick. See more »

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The human body is not an organism that is clean and pure, but perhaps contains hundreds of bacteria and viruses on the surface of the skin and inside the digestive tract. Even before the introduction of a fly into the system, the teleporter computer would have spliced Brundle's DNA with that of the bacteria and viruses, unable to tell the difference between any of them and his own body. See more »

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Seth Brundle: What am I working on? Uhh... I'm working on something that will change the world, and human life as we know it.
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Alternate Versions

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Great remake – horror with a typically Cronenbergian twist
13 June 2002 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Scientist Seth Brundle has created a matter transporter to create a sort of teleporting system. During tests he finds it turns his monkeys inside out and kills them, until he gets it to work. He immediately tests it on himself and everything appears to work well. However he soon finds himself going through a series of changes, much to the concern of his girlfriend Ronnie, that see him becoming fitter and stronger. However it isn't long the changes become more concerning and it is clear that he is changing beyond his control and beyond recognition.

Cronenberg is famous for his body horror and here is no exception. The remake of The Fly loses a lot of his usual social comment etc but still leaves him open to do a great horror that has some intelligent touches. The story is very much a horror – but Cronenberg has got rid of the concept of swapping a fly head for a human head and replaced it with the horror coming from within. This allows him to feel more comfortable with his subject matter rather than it being silly. The transformation gets more intense towards the end as his whole body begins to become a fly but the early parts allow tension to be built up.

When the gore comes it is typical Cronenberg. It isn't gore for comedy's sake it is quite shocking and very gory. The real gore is kept for 2 or 3 key moments and is all the more shocking for the restrained nature of it's use up till then. The end itself shows that it isn't just an out and out horror and that it does have a heart and a head to match it's strong stomach.

Goldblum is good. Unfortunately he has come to be type cast as the excitable, Jewish scientist with a distinct speaking manner (try Jurassic Park 1 & 2, Cats and Dogs etc). However here it doesn't annoy too much. Davis is also very good and was going into a good run of hits (unlike now!) at the time. She plays the horror of her situation very well.

Overall The Fly is a very good remake. It is a horror film that is actually chilling as well as gory – Cronenberg's fascination with body horror and the nature of ourselves is toned down but is still enough in evidence to add something.


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