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Species (1995)

A group of scientists try to track down and trap a killer alien seductress before she successfully mates with a human.

Director:

Roger Donaldson

Writer:

Dennis Feldman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Kingsley ... Xavier Fitch
Michael Madsen ... Preston Lennox
Alfred Molina ... Dr. Stephen Arden
Forest Whitaker ... Dan Smithson
Marg Helgenberger ... Dr. Laura Baker
Natasha Henstridge ... Sil
Michelle Williams ... Young Sil
Jordan Lund ... Aide
Don Fischer ... Aide
Scott McKenna Scott McKenna ... Train Hobo
Virginia Morris ... Mother
Jayne Luke Jayne Luke ... Snack Shop Clerk
David K. Schroeder David K. Schroeder ... German Tourist
David Jensen David Jensen ... Conductor
Esther Scott ... Female Conductor
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Storyline

In 1993, the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence Project receives a transmission detailing an alien DNA structure, along with instructions on how to splice it with human DNA. The result is Sil, a sensual but deadly creature who can change from a beautiful woman to an armour-plated killing machine in the blink of an eye. Government agent Xavier Fitch assembles a team of scientists and mercenaries to locate and destroy Sil before she manages to find a mate and breed. Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@postoffice.utas.edu.au>

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Men cannot resist her. Mankind may not survive her. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sci-fi violence, strong sexuality and some language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

MGM-UA

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 July 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Especies See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$60,074,103

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$113,374,103
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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director Roger Donaldson said in interview for Starlog Magazine in August of 1995 that the first cut of the movie Editor Conrad Buff put together was two hours and seven minutes long, and it had a different ending action sequence and battle with Sil. A few shots from original ending can be seen in the theatrical trailer. See more »

Goofs

The conductor gets half-sucked into the cocoon, resulting in her death. Sil later emerges from the messy cocoon, covered with its fluid and falling right on top of the conductor. But when Sil dons the conductor's clothes, they are spotless. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Xavier Fitch: I'm sorry.
Young Sil: [mouthing] I'm sorry.
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Edited into Venomous (2001) See more »

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Enchanted
Written by Mojoe Nicosia and Dana Nicosia
Performed by Enchanted
Courtesy of RCA Records label of BMG Music
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Kind of fun
9 January 2005 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Some scientists working for the government tamper with a DNA sequence they got from a message from outer space. The subject turns into a little girl with amazing superhuman powers. She escapes and turns into a beautiful woman (Natasha Herstridge) who wants to mate and produce others like her. A team led by a head scientist (Ben Kingsley!) try to track her down.

OK--it's kind of silly but this moves quickly and is well-done. There are many excellent, if gruesome, special effects and the SIL creature at the end is truly astounding. The script is good (considering) and it actually makes sense...if you don't think about it too much.

Acting varies--Kingsley is TERRIBLE in his role. Michael Madsen is pretty good as part of the team as are Marg Helgenberger and (especially) Forest Whitaker. Herstridge is certainly beautiful but can't act--but the role doesn't call for acting.

I'm giving it an 8. It's no classic but it moves quickly and I was never bored.


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