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Screamers (1995)

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Soldiers attempting to negotiate the end to a long-running war discover the robots they built to assassinate enemy combatants have gained sentience and are plotting against both sides.

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Christian Duguay

Writers:

Philip K. Dick (short story "Second Variety"), Dan O'Bannon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Weller ... Joe Hendricksson
Roy Dupuis ... Becker
Jennifer Rubin ... Jessica Hanson
Andrew Lauer ... Ace Jefferson (as Andy Lauer)
Charles Edwin Powell ... Ross (as Charles Powell)
Ron White ... Chuck Elbarak
Michael Caloz Michael Caloz ... David
Liliana Komorowska ... Landowska
Jason Cavalier ... Leone
Leni Parker Leni Parker ... Cpl. McDonald
Sylvain Massé Sylvain Massé ... N.E.B. Soldier
Bruce Boa ... Secretary Green
Tom Berry Tom Berry ... Technician
Henry Ramer ... Screamers Crawl Narration (voice)
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(SIRIUS 6B, Year 2078) On a distant mining planet ravaged by a decade of war, scientists have created the perfect weapon: a blade-wielding, self-replicating race of killing devices known as Screamers designed for one purpose only -- to hunt down and destroy all enemy life forms But man's greatest weapon has continued to evolve without any human guidance, and now it has devised a new mission: to obliterate all life. Col. Hendricksson (Peter Weller) is commander of a handful of Alliance soldiers still alive on Sirius 6B. Betrayed by his own political leaders and disgusted by the atrocities of this never-ending war, Hendricksson decides he must negotiate a separate peace with the New Economic Bloc's decimated forces. But to do so, he will have to cross a treacherous wasteland where the deadliest threat comes from the very weapons he helped to create. Written by Nicolas LeBlanc <ei952859@uqac.uquebec.ca>

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The Last Scream You Hear Will Be Your Own. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sci-fi violence and terror, some language and a brief moment of nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Sony Pictures

Country:

Canada | USA | Japan | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 January 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Claw See more »

Filming Locations:

Joliette, Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

JPY 25,895,600 (Japan), 29 November 1996

Gross USA:

$5,781,885
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS (8 channels)| DTS-Stereo | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the original short story by Philip K. Dick, the plot takes place on Earth instead of Sirius 6B. Originally, Screamers were developed by American troops hiding in the moon to destroy the Russian army after the Soviet Union had completely wiped out the United States. See more »

Goofs

Becker is the last to go through the hatch into the NEB bunker, but when the camera switches to the view inside the bunker, Becker is seen already on the walkway while the others are still climbing down the ladder. See more »

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[first lines]
Screamers Crawl Narration: [voice over narration] For the last fifty years, the new economic block, the 'N.E.B.' Corporation, has controlled mining operations throughout the known solar systems.
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Hard Luck Solution
Music by Jerry Devilliers
Lyrics by Dwight Druick
Vocals by Loulou Hughes
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Underrated Sci-Fi Classic
28 December 2005 | by no-skylineSee all my reviews

OK this film has virtually no budget for a sci-fi movie and no real stars to speak of other than Peter 'Robocop' Weller but that doesn't matter because what it does have is a good story well told. It's a shame that bigger budget sci-fi productions never seem to remember that sci-fi should be have an interesting premise and not just throw a few explosions at the screen every few minutes.

What is on offer in Screamers is a solidly entertaining 1hr 40mins of sci fi fun, reasonable acting and a great story based on a Phillip K Dick short. The main idea of screamers is a very scary one a war that had been taken over by machines that fight on our behalf a war that can't be stopped.

For sci-fi fans this is a must see, for everyone else it's still solidly entertaining 7/10


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