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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Something went wrong in the lab today. Very wrong. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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USA | UK | Canada

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Musician Bryan Ferry originally composed a song called Help Me at Mel Brooks and Stuart Cornfield's commission and was originally going to be played in the movie's closing credits. However, David Cronenberg, despite liking the song, felt that it was inappropriate to the film itself and after screening to Brooks and Cornfield, they all agreed that the song didn't mesh with the film, resulting with the song being played only in the film's bar scene and not being included in the movie's soundtrack album making the song extremely rare. See more »

Goofs

When Seth is changing into a fly, he demonstrates how he can walk on the ceiling and walls like a fly. While upside down on the wall, he lifts his t-shirt to show the side of his body then places it back down. The reaction of the t-shirt to gravity (or lack thereof) made it obvious that he was filmed right side up and then the film rotated to get the effect. 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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Alternate Versions

A scene where Veronica interviews Brundle about his teleportation (the interview comes after his superhuman exercise sequence) was filmed, but deleted from the final cut. However, an edited version of this scene appears in form of the first videotape of Brundle in The Fly II (1989). See more »

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Soundtracks

Help Me
Performed by Bryan Ferry
Written by Nile Rodgers, Bryan Ferry
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User Reviews

 
Still Fascinating & Very Disturbing
8 March 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

It's been over 20 years since this movie was made, but the special effects are still amazing and the story is an entertaining - and disgusting - as ever! I watch it about every 5-7 years. It's utterly fascinating, but it is so uncomfortable to watch at times I always wonder, as I am viewing it, why I put myself through this each time! The original movie, with Vincent Price, is "dullsville" compared to this re-make.

Things can get really disgusting as Jeff Goldblum ('Seth Brundle") slowly turns into a huge fly. The transformation is very gross in certain spots, and certainly gut-wrenching to witness. You can just feel his girlfriend's anguish and horror as she witnesses Goldblums' incredible physical and mental change. Geena Davis gives a convincing performance in that roles as "Veronica Quiafe."

The story is not just a dumb horror-creature movie, but an intelligent science fiction tale with both leading actors excellent. I don't Davis ever looked prettier, too. John Getz also is good as her magazine boss, "Stathis Borans." Those three characters dominate the film. I can't even remember anyone else in here.

The ending is stunning, almost leaving the first time viewer in shock. In fact, by the nd, this movie will have you emotionally worn out.


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