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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 »
6 nominations. See more awards »
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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

If this film seems famille, it is - it's (yet) another retelling of the Jack Finney story, which has already been done wonderfully in the original, 1950's, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), then again, in 1978's, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978). This time it's told in a typical millennial/21s t century way; from the kids POV, with the ever-present ominous American military added for conspiracy buffs. After a family moves to military base for the summer, the soldiers present are behaving more strange than usual. Though the usual refrain is, whatever you do, stay awake, this version makes this difficult. 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 »

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Trivia

Co-writer Stuart Gordon was originally set to direct, but was replaced by Abel Ferrara. 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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Soundtracks

PLEASE HELP ME I'M FALLING (IN LOVE WITH YOU)
Written by Don Robertson and Hal Blair
Performed by The Blue Ridge Rangers
Courtesy of Fantasy, Inc.
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15 December 2018 | by popculturethoughtsSee all my reviews

Yet another effective take on Jack Finney's 1955 novel, this time transplanted by director Abel Ferrara to an American military base. Given the themes of the source material, the military setting is a bit on the nose, and there are certainly a few weak performances here and there that mar some of the tension. However, at its core this is a curiously effective, quietly eerie paranoid nightmare of a movie, with several genuinely unsettling scenes whose judicious use increases their effectiveness. Among the rather stiff acting, Christine Elise and Meg Tilly stand out for their distinctive performances - Tilly, in particular, goes from warmly ebullient to menacing and creepy without missing a beat, and walks away with the movie's most memorable scene ("Where you gonna go...").


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Body Snatchers See more »

Filming Locations:

Alabama, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,494, 17 January 1994

Gross USA:

$428,868

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$428,868
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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