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The Puppet Masters (1994)

The Earth is invaded by stingray-shaped alien "slugs" that ride on people's backs and control their minds.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Andrew Nivens
... Sam Nivens
... Mary Sefton
... Alex Holland
... Dr. Graves
... Jarvis
... President Douglas
... Ressler
... Viscott
... Culbertson
J. Patrick McCormack ... Gidding
... General Morgan
Nicholas Cascone ... Greenberg
... Barnes
... Higgins
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Storyline

Strange aliens land in the Midwest, taking over people's minds in order to spread their dominion. Sam Nivens and Andrew Nivens, aided by Mary Sefton, are part of a government agency who must stop the the aliens before the aliens get to them... Written by Steve Fenwick <scf@w0x0f.com>

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Trust No-one.


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Rated R for violence, sci-fi gore and brief language | See all certifications »

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21 October 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Robert A. Heinlein's The Puppet Masters  »

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$8,638,072
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Trivia

At the start of the film when the boys are trying to convince Mary to go inside the fake spaceship, Andrew Nivens says, "She balked at Pirates of the Caribbean." Both Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, two of the films credited screenwriters, went on to write the "Pirates of the Caribbean," series of movies. See more »

Goofs

After Jarvis is captured and searched, an agent hold up a 3.5" floppy disc which he says contains their plans to handle scenarios like this. He's holding the floppy up with one side facing him and the other facing the Old Man. When we see the agent from the front, we see the bottom of the floppy. When we see over his shoulder, we still see the bottom of the floppy. He'd have had to turn it over in his hand repeatedly for it to look like this. See more »

Quotes

Niven: It's the kid from the spaceship. Get him off the car.
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Version of The Brain Eaters (1958) See more »

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Disappointing version of a fantastic book
19 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

This was a decent film. The book was far better.

If the book had been made into a three-hour film, it would have been excellent. They would have had time to do things right. As it is, they compact a wide-ranging tale set in the future into a dodgy action flick in the present day.

Do yourself a favour - read the book.

Donald Sutherland is too cool, though.


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