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Men in Black (1997)

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A police officer joins a secret organization that polices and monitors extraterrestrial interactions on Earth.

Director:

Barry Sonnenfeld

Writers:

Lowell Cunningham (comic), Ed Solomon (screen story) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 20 wins & 39 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Lee Jones ... Kay
Will Smith ... Jay
Linda Fiorentino ... Laurel Weaver
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Edgar
Rip Torn ... Zed
Tony Shalhoub ... Jeebs
Siobhan Fallon Hogan ... Beatrice (as Siobhan Fallon)
Mike Nussbaum ... Gentle Rosenburg
Jon Gries ... Van Driver
Sergio Calderón ... José
Carel Struycken ... Arquillian
Fredric Lehne ... INS Agent Janus (as Fredric Lane)
Richard Hamilton Richard Hamilton ... Dee
Kent Faulcon ... 1st Lt. Jake Jensen
John Alexander ... Mikey
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Storyline

Based off of the comic book. Unbeknownst to other people, there is a private agency code named MiB. This agency is some kind of extra terrestrial surveillance corporation. Then, one of the agency's finest men only going by the name "K" (Tommy Lee Jones) , is recruiting for a new addition to the agency. He has chosen James Edwards (Will Smith) of the N.Y.P.D. Then, one day, a flying saucer crashes into Earth. This was an alien a part of the "Bug" race. He takes the body of a farmer (Vincent D'Onofrio) and heads to New York. He is searching for a super energy source called "The Galaxy". Now, Agents J and K must stop the bug before it can escape with the galaxy. Written by John Wiggins

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Protecting the earth from the scum of the universe See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and sci-fi violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

The Official MIB Homepage

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

2 July 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

MIB See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$51,068,455, 6 July 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$250,690,539

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$589,390,539
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Sound Mix:

DTS | SDDS (8 channels)| Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The crew built a 96-foot replica of the Queens Midtown Tunnel, exactly 1/8th the size of the real one. It was completely authentic, down to the graffiti, and took four months to build. See more »

Goofs

When K is giving J his weapon, the bug's spaceship can be seen behind J before the shoot out at Rosenberg's. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Nick the Van Driver: Goddamn bugs!
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Crazy Credits

The animals and aliens used in this film were in no way mistreated and all scenes in which they appeared were under strict supervision with the utmost concern for their handling. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK PG-rated cinema version - as well as nearly all subsequent releases - have been cut by the BBFC to remove the two uses of the word "prick". The offending words were over-dubbed with the words "jerk" and "twerp". The uncut version was finally passed by the BBFC in 2017. It was rated 12 for "moderate bad language" and released on 4K UHD. See more »

Connections

References Se7en (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Men In Black
Produced by Track Masters
Co-produced by Will Smith
Written by Will Smith, Patrice Rushen, Freddie Washington and Terry McFadden
Performed by Will Smith featuring Cheryl Gamble (as Coko)
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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One of the best sci-fi comedies ever made.
22 April 2004 | by crowrobotSee all my reviews

As my one line summary says, this is one of the best sci-fi comedies ever made, next to the classic Ghostbusters and the highly underrated Evolution. This movie has action, comedy, and some of the best special effects in the last ten years. Rick Baker, Hollywood's resident 'creature man', as I like to call him, has made such a wide variety of aliens. There's the first alien we see, Mikey; there's the Worm Guys; and the villanous Bug. But there are many others, such as Frank the Pug and the twins. The squid baby is pretty neat. Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith have an undeniable chemistry together, which repeats itself in the sequel. Linda Fiorentino is also good as the leading lady, and veteran actor Rip Torn is gruff as the head of MIB, Zed. Vincent D'Onofrio is also pretty good. My favorite line: "No, ma'am. We at the FBI do not have a sense of humor that we are aware of." All in all, two thumbs up, baby!


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