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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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Seth Brundle
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Veronica Quaife
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Stathis Borans
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Tawny
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Dr. Cheevers (as Les Carlson)
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Marky
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2nd Man in Bar
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Gynecologist
Carol Lazare ...
Nurse
Shawn Hewitt ...
Clerk
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Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Typhoon ...
Baboon (uncredited)

Directed by

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David Cronenberg

Written by

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George Langelaan ... (short story)
 
Charles Edward Pogue ... (screenplay) and
David Cronenberg ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Marc Boyman ... co-producer
Mel Brooks ... producer (uncredited)
Stuart Cornfeld ... producer
Kip Ohman ... co-producer

Music by

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Howard Shore

Cinematography by

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Mark Irwin

Film Editing by

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Ronald Sanders

Editorial Department

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Jack Hooper ... negative cutter
Cherie MacNeill ... second assistant editor
Carol McBride ... post-production coordinator
Kant Pan ... assistant editor: London
Michael Rea ... first assistant editor
Susan Shipton ... second assistant editor
Steve Weslak ... assembly editor

Casting By

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Deirdre Bowen

Production Design by

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Carol Spier

Art Direction by

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Rolf Harvey

Set Decoration by

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Elinor Rose Galbraith

Costume Design by

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Denise Cronenberg

Makeup Department

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Shonagh Jabour ... makeup artist
Ivan Lynch ... hair stylist

Production Management

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David Coatsworth ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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John Board ... first assistant director
Tom Quinn ... third assistant director
Patricia Rozema ... third assistant director
Kim H. Winther ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Marc Corriveau ... property master
Joe Curtin ... construction manager
Danielle Fleury ... set dresser
Ian Fraser ... head carpenter
Paul Hotte ... assistant props
Gary Jack ... set dresser
Nick Kosonic ... scenic artist
James McAteer ... set designer
Harold Michelson ... art department visual consultant
Nancey Pankiw ... first assistant art director
Ian Wheatley ... assistant set dresser
Donald Engel ... carpenter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Terry Burke ... foley artist
Richard Cadger ... dialogue editor
Pat Calvert ... assistant sound editor
Bryan Day ... production sound
David Evans ... supervising sound editor
Michael Followes ... assistant sound editor
David Giammarco ... assistant sound editor
Wayne Griffin ... supervising sound editor
Gerry Humphreys ... re-recording mixer
Michael LaCroix ... production sound
Robin Leigh ... adr editor
Susan Maggi ... assistant sound editor
Sandra Moffat ... assistant sound editor
Steve Munro ... assistant sound editor
Robin O'Donoghue ... re-recording mixer
Jane Tattersall ... sound effects editor
Don White ... adr recordist (uncredited) / foley recording mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Louis Craig ... special effects
Ted Ross ... special effects
Chris Walas ... creature effects
Clark Johnson ... special effects (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Michael Bigelow ... motion control supervisor
Dennis Dorney ... optical compositing
Michael Ferriter ... optical compositing
Robert Hall ... optical compositing
Fred Iguchi ... motion control supervisor
Lesley Mallgrave ... visual effects coordinator
William Reilly ... motion control technician
Lee Wilson ... computer and video effects supervisor
Hoyt Yeatman ... visual effects supervisor
James Balsam ... motion control camera operator (uncredited)
Tom Bisogno ... CG animation (uncredited)
Paul Griffin ... senior animator (uncredited)

Stunts

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Dwayne McLean ... stunt coordinator
Brent Meyer ... stunt double: Brundle

Camera and Electrical Department

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Scotty Allan ... gaffer
Sam Bojin ... second electrician
Charlotte Disher ... camera apprentice
Attila Dory ... still photographer
David Hynes ... dolly grip
Mark Manchester ... key grip
Marvin Midwicki ... first assistant camera
Robin Miller ... additional photographer
Donna Mobbs ... second assistant camera
Ronald G. Paulauskas ... assistant key grip
Don Payne ... grip
Kenneth Post ... additional photographer
Ian D. Scott ... first electrician
David Willetts ... best boy electric

Animation Department

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Katherine Kean ... animation effects designer
Mitchell Rothzeid ... animation effects designer

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Trysha Bakker ... wardrobe mistress

Location Management

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Howard Rothschild ... location manager

Music Department

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Michael Boddicker ... musician: synthesizer
Homer Denison ... orchestrator
Keith Grant ... music recording engineer
London Philharmonic Orchestra ... musician
Jim Weidman ... music editor
Gerry O'Riordan ... assistant music engineer (uncredited)
Howard Shore ... conductor (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Gillian Richardson ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Matthew Wolchock ... transportation coordinator

Additional Crew

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Peter Albrecht ... creature effects: C.W.I.
Peter Babakitis ... creature effects: C.W.I.
Brent Baker ... creature effects: C.W.I.
Jon Berg ... creature effects: C.W.I.
Don Bies ... creature effects: C.W.I.
Rob Burman ... creature effects: C.W.I.
Kirk Cheney ... revolving stage designer and fabricator
Blair Clark ... creature effects: C.W.I.
Debbie Cooke ... production coordinator
Doreen Davis ... production accountant
Stephan Dupuis ... creature effects: C.W.I.
Keith Edmier ... creature effects: C.W.I.
Prudence Emery ... unit publicist
Wayne Fitzgerald ... title designer
Bob Hall ... creature effects: C.W.I.
Jonathan Horton ... creature effects: C.W.I.
Guy Hudson ... creature effects: C.W.I. (as Sir Guy of Hudson)
James Isaac ... creature effects: C.W.I. (as Jim Smash Isaac)
Conrad Itchener ... creature effects: C.W.I.
Mike Jobe ... creature effects: C.W.I.
Gary Kanew ... title designer
Doron Kernerman ... gymnastics double
Marie-Louise Kingery ... creature effects: C.W.I. (as Mary-Louise Kingery)
Susan Kinnevy ... assistant to producer
Patricia Kowchak ... creature effects: C.W.I.
Tony Laudati ... creature effects: C.W.I.
Kelly Lepkowsky ... creature effects: C.W.I.
Michelle Linder ... creature effects: C.W.I.
Susan C. MacQuarrie ... craft service (as Susan MacQuarrie)
Barbara Mainguy ... assistant: Mr. Cornfeld
Steve Martin ... animal trainer
Donald Mowat ... creature effects: C.W.I.
Jerrold Neidig ... creature effects: C.W.I.
Gregg Olsson ... creature effects: C.W.I.
Michael Owens ... creature effects: C.W.I.
Zandra Platzek ... creature effects: C.W.I.
Margaret Prentice ... creature effects: C.W.I. (as Margaret Beserra)
Robin Ralston ... creature effects: C.W.I.
Rick Schmidlin ... assistant to producer
Mike Smithson ... creature effects: C.W.I.
Valerie Sofranko ... creature effects: C.W.I.
William Stoneham ... creature effects: C.W.I.
Romuald Sunny ... gymnastics double (as Romuald Vervin)
Debra Tomei ... creature effects: C.W.I.
Wim Van Thillo ... creature effects: C.W.I. (as Wim van Thillo)
Carol Walas ... creature effects: C.W.I.
Mark Walas ... creature effects: C.W.I.
Harold Weed ... creature effects: C.W.I.
Mark Williams ... creature effects: C.W.I.
Randy Auerbach ... assistant: Mr. Brooks (uncredited)
David Franklyn-Ratchford ... set stand-by (uncredited)
Michael Lennick ... technical consultant (uncredited)
Donna Martin ... animal trainer (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Something went wrong in the lab today. Very wrong. See more »
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Also Known As
  • La mouche (Canada, French title)
  • La Mouche (France)
  • Die Fliege (Germany)
  • La mosca (Spain)
  • Мухата (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
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Runtime
  • 96 min
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Box Office

Budget $15,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $7,007,423, 17 Aug 1986
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $20,172,594

Did You Know?

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Trivia In a 1987 interview on Sinister Image (1987) Vincent Price revealed that when this remake was released, star Jeff Goldblum wrote him a letter saying, "I hope you like it as much as I liked yours." Price was touched by the letter, he composed a reply and went to see the film, which he described as "wonderful right up to a certain point... it went a little too far." See more »
Goofs In the "steak experiment" sequence, Seth cuts the meat in two pieces, and teleports the bigger one. Later, Veronica eats a bit of this bigger half and finds that "it tastes like a steak", and when Seth gives her a piece of the smaller one and says "now try this teleported half", she finds that "it tastes synthetic". This is a continuity mistake. (It has been suggested that Seth deliberately misled Veronica as to which steak was teleported, to test Veronica's psychological reaction. However, this is unlikely; if the test were merely to determine Veronica's aversion to eating teleported meat, then it would not have led directly to the realization that the computer was incorrectly reassembling flesh). See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Bryan Ferry: Help Me (1986). See more »
Soundtracks Help Me See more »
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 »
Quotes Tawny: [after Seth says it's Tawny's turn to teleport] I'm afraid.
Seth Brundle: Don't be afraid.
Ronnie: No. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
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