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Men in Black (1997)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Comedy, Mystery | 2 July 1997 (USA)
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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 21 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
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 ... Jose
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:

Men in Black - 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:

Sony Pictures

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

According to production designer Bo Welch, the MiB headquarters was designed to resemble a 1960's airport (the examination room of the MiB was particularly based on the TWA terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport). He used the 1960s theme, because that was when MiB started up (as well as the decade of the space craze), and the airport design was because MiB's extraterrestrial affairs include their arrival and settlement to Earth, which airports assist in. See more »

Goofs

When Zed, Kay, and Jay are trying to determine where the bug will go to leave Earth, Zed gives Kay possibilities to look up on his computer while Jay is in the foreground looking at the picture of the UFOs from the World's Fair. In the background, you can clearly see Kay pretending to type in Zed's suggestions on his keyboard. 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

To attain a more commercial PG rating instead of an M rating in Australia, the following changes were made:
  • When the alien jumps from the building in the beginning, rather than hitting the ground with a "thud", he now sparkles away in midair;
  • The scene describing what the bug does to Edgar's skin has been snipped;
  • The fumigator's death has been shortened, removing the shot of the spray gun being rammed down his throat.
  • The shot of the dead waiter stuffed under the counter is shortened
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Connections

Referenced in The Game (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

The Promised Land
Written by Chuck Berry
Performed by Elvis Presley
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label of BMG Entertainment
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"Men in Black" is a fun and original take on the alien genre.
29 November 2014 | by dom-lerose-8See all my reviews

We're so familiar with aliens terrifying the bejeesus out of us in films that it's refreshing to see a well-known classic spoof the genre. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones work miracles together playing detective-like heroes assigned to take down and destroy aliens. Jones is hilarious. Usually playing serious men, Jones is so funny and doesn't take himself too seriously. Bruce Willis has nothing on him. Will Smith is a little out of control and that't the reason his performance works. He's a funny dude who isn't fit for saving the world. Jay and Kay bond perfectly together breathing energy to this fun film as well as an ounce or two of heart. Seeing Smith and Jones wear sunglasses and fancy suits while holding giant space guns is a cinematic sight no one can forget. With visual effects pretty spellbound for the time, "Men in Black" is fun and entertaining throughout. It can't compare to some of the other films mostly relying on unique creatures to draw us in, but it's such an original story that has a witty script by Ed Solomon and well-handled directing by Barry Sonnenfeld who not only knows how to blend comedy and intense action, but can make you truly care about the men in black shooting up giant cockroach aliens and working like charmers. "Men in Black" does get a little odd at times, not staying true to its premise and taking some plot turns that I wasn't particularly fond of. However, this film stays fun throughout and should be seen to experience 90's blockbuster action.


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