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Body Snatchers (1993)

A teenage girl and her father discover alien clones are replacing humans on a remote U.S. military base in Alabama.

Director:

Abel Ferrara

Writers:

Jack Finney (novel), Raymond Cistheri (screen story) | 4 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Terry Kinney ... Steve Malone
Meg Tilly ... Carol Malone
Gabrielle Anwar ... Marti Malone
Reilly Murphy Reilly Murphy ... Andy Malone
Billy Wirth ... Tim Young
Christine Elise ... Jenn Platt
R. Lee Ermey ... General Platt
Kathleen Doyle ... Mrs. Platt
Forest Whitaker ... Major Collins
G. Elvis Phillips G. Elvis Phillips ... Pete
Stanley Small Stanley Small ... Platt's Aide
Tonea Stewart ... Teacher
Keith Smith Keith Smith ... Soldier Gas Station
Winston E. Grant Winston E. Grant ... Gas Attendant
Phil Neilson Phil Neilson ... MP Gate Captain
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Storyline

Family moves to military base for the summer, but the soldiers are behaving even more strangely than usual. Is it a toxic spill as suggested or is it something more sinister? Written by Andrew Welsh <andreww@bnr.ca>

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Taglines:

They'd kill...to be you. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, nudity and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 June 1993 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Body Snatchers - Angriff der Körperfresser See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$428,868
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The audio sample of the famous quote from the movie said by Meg Tilly's character: "Where you gonna go, where you gonna run, where you gonna hide? Nowhere... 'cause there's no one like you left." was used by American industrial band Powerman 5000 in their song Strike the Match from their 1994 EP called True Force. See more »

Goofs

In the opening sequences, Marti is sitting on the right side of the car looking out the window. When it cuts to show her viewpoint of the moon and passing trees, the perspective is as if she were on the left side of the car. See more »

Quotes

Marti Malone: They get you when you sleep.
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Connections

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Written by Sim Cain, Chris Haskett, Henry Rollins and Andrew Weiss - The Rollins Band
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Abel Ferrara makes another quality film!
19 January 2012 | by ManBehindTheMask63See all my reviews

Abel Ferrara is a talented and interesting director. He's made some great films ("bad lieutenant", "china girl") and he always seems to bring out the best in his actors. With "Body Snatchers", Ferrara tackles the task of directing a big budget, studio sci-fi film. And for the most part, he succeeds. Ferrara injects the film with tight closeups and experiments with tilted and off balanced framing. Making the viewer feel like something in the film is off and eschewed. But the film just isn't that exciting. It's more of a slow burner. It never really lives up to it's own potential sadly. But the effects are solid and some of the semi-transformation scenes are disturbing.

The acting for the most part is solid with Meg Tilly giving the best monologue in the film. Gabrielle Anwar is gorgeous to stare at and Billy Wirth (Lost Boys) plays the chopper pilot hero. It could have been a better film, but "Body Snatchers" is entertaining, well-acted, and often creepy. I'm always surprised that an independent director like Ferrara was the guy chosen to helm such a big budget studio film...


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