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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.

Director:

Stuart Orme

Writers:

Robert A. Heinlein (novel), Ted Elliott (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Sutherland ... Andrew Nivens
Eric Thal ... Sam Nivens
Julie Warner ... Mary Sefton
Keith David ... Alex Holland
Will Patton ... Dr. Graves
Richard Belzer ... Jarvis
Tom Mason ... President Douglas
Yaphet Kotto ... Ressler
Gerry Bamman ... Viscott
Sam Anderson ... Culbertson
J. Patrick McCormack J. Patrick McCormack ... Gidding
Marshall Bell ... General Morgan
Nicholas Cascone Nicholas Cascone ... Greenberg
Bruce Jarchow ... Barnes
Benjamin Mouton ... 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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Robert A. Heinlein's The Puppet Masters See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$8,638,072
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hollywood Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Donald Sutherland and Eric Thal previously appeared in Six Degrees of Separation (1993). See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the movie, as a helicopter lands at the "Des Moines" City Hall, tall palm trees are visible in the background. See more »

Quotes

Sam: So if the two of you are being shot at, which bullet do I take?
Andrew: Why you must try for both, of course.
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Connections

Featured in Get Slugged with Julie Warner (2018) See more »

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They've Got Your Back!
29 April 2015 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

It looks like a UFO has landed in a small Iowa farm town. A top-secret US government investigative team from the "Office of Scientific Central Intelligence" goes out to investigate. The three stars are: limping leader Donald Sutherland (as Andrew Nivens), his handsome son and partner Eric Thal (as Sam Nivens) and sexy alien biologist Julie Warner (as Mary Sefton). They are about to conclude the whole thing was a teenagers' hoax, but Ms. Warner realizes aliens have landed. The reason, according to Warner, is that no males on the scene have noticed her arousing figure or tried to look down her unbuttoned blouse. You can almost hear her say, "Don't look at that alien spaceship, dammit, look down my shirt!"...

Now, these aliens attach themselves to your back (your spinal column, specifically) and they multiply quickly. The way to see if someone has been "infected" is to order the person to, "Take off your shirt!" Since this trick works, we're left wondering why most people in the cast are allowed to keep their backs covered. Most viewers would not protest Warner and Mr. Thal acting without their shirts (Thal goes without pants, too). If you don't mind wondering about plot confusions and contrivances like that, you could do worse than Stuart Orme's vision of Robert A. Heinlein's science-fiction novel. Thal and Warner are an attractive couple and Mr. Sutherland is a classic performer who can improve movies by simply being there.

****** The Puppet Masters (10/21/94) Stuart Orme ~ Eric Thal, Julie Warner, Donald Sutherland, Keith David


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