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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

Writers:

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

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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Trivia

David Cronenberg met with some opposition when he announced that he wanted to cast Jeff Goldblum in the lead role. The executive at Fox who was supervising the project felt that Goldblum was not a bankable star, and Chris Walas felt that his face would be difficult to work with for the make-up effects. Both, however, deferred to Cronenberg's judgment. Cronenberg himself later had reservations when Goldblum suggested Geena Davis, his girlfriend at the time, for the other lead role, as he did not want to have to work with a real-life couple. Cronenberg was convinced after Davis's first reading that she was right for the role. Producer Stuart Cornfeld suggested that they audition more actresses saying that it's the "script that is brilliant". Cornfeld relented after "nobody else even came close". See more »

Goofs

When Seth brings Veronica to his lab for the first time, he is holding a padlock in his hand. We assume, since his experiments are secret, he locks the door when they are both inside. When she is getting ready to leave - after the tape recorder incident - the door is not locked when she goes to open it. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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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Crazy Credits

The background for the opening titles consists of an optically distorted, swirling mass of colors, which gradually transform into the opening shot of the film. This is a representation of how biologists believe a fly's vision would appear to a human. See more »

Alternate Versions

There is a deleted scene of Brundlefly putting the surviving baboon & a cat in the telepod at the same time. The baboon evolves into a catlike creature. This scene is talked about in a book called "Men Makeup & Monsters" by Anthony Timpone. See more »

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The terrifying "Brudlefly-project"!
27 May 2005 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Truly great – but very nasty – update of the classic 1958 sci-fi film with both Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis in the roles of their lives. Technically, this is a remake, but with a genius like David Cronenberg in the director's chair, it's obvious that this isn't anything like the uninspired and irritating remakes that are being released nowadays ("The Amityville Horror", "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre"…). Cronenberg's interpretation of this ultimate terror-tale differs greatly from the original. In fact, the only resemblance is the basic premise of a fusion between an obsessive scientist and an ordinary housefly. Goldblum is terrifically cast as the brilliant, but slightly confused mastermind Seth Brudle, whose lifework are "telepods"; funny looking machines capable of transmitting matter through space. Journalist Davis, with whom he has a romantic adventure, closely observes the progress of his work but when he teapot's himself through space, the catastrophe happens. Mentally as well as physically, Brudle undergoes a horrible transformation into a fly and it cannot be stopped. "The Fly" is a very devastating film. Powerful enough, but not exactly pleasant to look at. Like only the greatest directors can pull this off, Cronenberg overwhelms the audience with a sublime mixture drama, misery and repulsiveness. You feel as helpless as the characters themselves and you painfully wait for the unhappy ending to come! The screenplay is filled with genuine metaphors and the romance between Goldblum and Davis is beautifully illustrated. The special effects, mainly created by Chris Walas (who went on directing the 1989-sequel) are definitely still staggering and they don't look the least bit dated by today's standards.


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