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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 ... 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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If you build it, they will come. 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:

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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

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

For the scene in which Sil is 'born' from the cocoon, the train set was built upside down. Natasha Henstridge, totally naked and covered in KY Jelly lubricant, was pushed through the cocoon, and the shot was flipped upside down afterwards, to achieve the effect of her falling out. See more »

Goofs

The Porter on the train is a rather large lady. Yet her uniform almost perfectly fits Sil when she leaves the train. Correction: The conductor's uniform is actually a very bad fit on Sil, just as the coat she takes from her first lover. And the clothes she initially steals before the cocoon. Besides limited choices, Sil doesn't really understand how to dress - only that she's covered. See more »

Quotes

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

Referenced in South Park: Tom's Rhinoplasty (1998) See more »

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Take Me
Written and Performed by Michael Lattanzi
Performed by Lattanzi featuring Crystal Taliefero
Courtesy of Lable/Zi Records
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Sexy B-movie thriller, great fun!
10 July 2006 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

Species is like a meeting between an amateur low budget film, and a big budget horror movie. On the one hand; the film has a great cast and is professionally produced, but on the other - the special effects wouldn't have looked out of place in an eighties film, and the plot concentrates mostly on its sleazy and often silly by-products. That being said, however, the movie is lots of fun; and overall I wouldn't hesitate to call it one of the best horror films of the nineties. The film takes obvious influence from a range of similar films, such as Tobe Hooper's Lifeforce and Jack Sholder's 'The Hidden', but it brings all of it's elements together well and somehow manages to feel fresh and inventive. The plot is pure hokum, but it works well; as alien-human crossover 'Sil' escapes from a testing lab with a team of professionals, comprising a psychic, an action hero, a woman etc, on her tail. Sil's ultimate goal is to reproduce, and to complete that aim she must find a man. So basically, what we have here is a sexy, horny, naked chick being chased around before she can have sex with someone. Sounds good to me...

I'm not quite sure how director Roger Donaldson managed it, but he's managed to get quite a few names to appear in his film; and most of them do well with their roles. Despite the fact that she probably isn't really, Natasha Henstridge looks clean and pure in the lead role; and this both ensures that she looks the part, and the film is great in that it carries off the juxtaposition of having a sweet-looking virginal woman act like a prostitute. Ben Kingsley is the biggest cast surprise, as the former Ghandi actor looks slightly out of place in a B-movie like this. Michael Madsen is absolutely great in his typecast action hero role and the cast is completed by a memorable performance from Alfred Molina, and a rather annoying one from Forest Whitaker. Marg Helgenberger fails to make much of an impression as Madsen's love interest. The two plots that run concurrently are played out well, and climax nicely. The special effects are key in a film like this, and even though they're cheap throughout - they do look fairly realistic. It's not until we get to the end and the director decides to spoil it with some abysmal CGI that the effects become a problem. But even so, Species takes its plot well and isn't too serious, and I've got to rate this as a really fun flick overall.


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