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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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Two decades ago scientists sent a message to space... This... is the reply. 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

Dr. Laura Baker (Marg Helgenberger) likens humanity to a galactic weed spreading throughout the galaxy. Other science fiction works that may have inspired it are The Day of the Triffids, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, or Quatermass, which had tripodal Martians. See more »

Goofs

Despite being able to "shape-shift" to be a blonde-haired woman with a seemingly "perfect" body, the alien still finds it necessary to dye and cut her hair to disguise itself. See more »

Quotes

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

Followed by Species II (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Say You're Gonna Stay
Written by James Labirt, Larry Labirt, Kevin Oliphant and Darryl D'Bonneau
Performed by Darryl D'Bonneau
Courtesy of Jellybean Recordings, Inc.
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Fun and entertaining low-brow movie!
4 June 2017 | by craigh01See all my reviews

Not all movies have to be intense and hard to figure out. Sometimes they can just be fun, and this one is.

You have to suspend disbelief on a few technical scientific things, such as sending a message from SETI into outer space, remember that radio waves travel at the speed of light, and the nearest star to use is 4.3 light years away. So at BEST it would take 8 years to send/receive a message, but most stars in our galaxy are 50,000 light years away or so, so the message to one of those would take 100,000 years to send/receive.

Then we can't create DNA of a human, how are we going to create the DNA of an Alien species from scratch given just the data about it? But don't worry about those details, just have fun with it, watch the pretty little half-alien girl kill with much gore.. And the team of experts they send to catch the now fully-grown woman/alien is kind of fun too. Very cliché characters, but still fun.

I like the deep, hard-to-understand movies as well, but this one kept me entertained all the way through. Not the greatest movie ever made but not boring either. A fun B-movie type science fiction/horror movie, but with good actors.

I'm giving it an 8, which to me means, "liked it", whereas a 6 to me would mean "it was OK". It was more than OK so I give it an 8.


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