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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 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, a search for extraterrestrial life, a transmission's recieved, 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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Two decades ago scientists sent a message to space... This... is the reply. See more »


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

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Trivia

Xavier Fitch (Sir Ben Kingsley) says that the alien signal was received by the Arecibo radio telescope exactly nineteen years after an outbound message was transmitted. Since the transmissions travelled at the speed of light, that means that the alien solar system is approximately nine light-years from Earth. There are two stars which are likely candidates, Sirius and Luyten 726-8A. See more »

Goofs

The alien's son at the end of the movie is circumcised. Having just been born, and not having the ability to immediately follow quaint US customs, he probably should not have been. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Xavier Fitch: I'm sorry.
Young Sil: [mouthing] I'm sorry.
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Connections

Featured in Species III (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

If You Don't Know Me By Now
Written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff
Performed by Siedah Garrett
Produced by Jellybean Benítez
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Alien in a pretty package
26 April 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

In 1993, SETI program receives a transmission documenting how to splice alien DNA with human DNA. Xavier Fitch (Ben Kingsley) leads a secret government project to do just that. They created Sil (Michelle Williams). Her growth is extremely rapid. When Fitch tries to destroy her, she escapes. She metamorphoses into a grow woman (Natasha Henstridge). She learns quickly in a world she doesn't know. Fitch gathers a diverse team to find and kill the potentially dangerous creature. Dr. Stephen Arden (Alfred Molina) is an anthropologist. Dr. Laura Baker (Marg Helgenberger) is a molecular biologist. Dan Smithson (Forest Whitaker) is an empath and Preston Lennox (Michael Madsen) is the mercenary.

There is enough backstory to justify it. I really like the idea that she's interstellar weed to kill off humanity. It's Alien in a pretty package. Alien is one of my favorite movie and I certainly don't mind the pretty package. Natasha Henstridge is a little more than simply pretty. She shows both wide-eyed innocence and a bit of murderous spark. The empath is ridiculous but I still like the hunt and the thrills.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

7 July 1995 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,161,943, 9 July 1995

Gross USA:

$60,074,103

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$113,374,103
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2.39 : 1
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