7.3/10
508,058
354 user 162 critic

Men in Black (1997)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 2 July 1997 (USA)
Trailer
2:29 | Trailer
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 »
Reviews
Popularity
825 ( 123)
Won 1 Oscar. Another 21 wins & 39 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

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 ... Dee
Kent Faulcon ... 1st Lt. Jake Jensen
John Alexander ... Mikey
Edit

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:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The crew had to shoot fifteen takes of Edgar drinking the sugar water. According to Barry Sonnenfeld, by the end of the day Vincent D'Onofrio was "high on sugar." See more »

Goofs

When the Bug goes into the farm house wearing Edgar's skin he drinks sugar water, and then Beatrice tells him that his skin is hanging off his bones. He looks in the mirror then grabs his hair and pulls his skin tightly to the back of his head. Beatrice faints and the next shot shows the bug still pulling his hair back, but the skin is no longer stretched. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Nick the Van Driver: Goddamn bugs!
See more »

Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, a dragonfly flies around the countryside. 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
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Flash: Shade (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Waiting For Love
Produced by Craig Burbidge
Written by John Howcott, Emanuel Officer & Donald Parks
Performed by 3T (Taj Jackson, Taryll Jackson, and TJ Jackson)
See more »

User Reviews

 
Funny Sci-Fi. As Good As Ghostbusters.
15 May 2005 | by mOVIemAN56See all my reviews

As I stated above, Men In Black is just as good as the sci-fi comedies Ghostbusters I and II. But instead of chasing ghost's we're chasing after rogue aliens.

James (Will Smith) is an officer in the NYPD and one of the top officers. After a hard night, James is questioned by his own police force for allegedly killing a suspect who fell off a building. As James insists that the person was acting strangely, Agent K (Tommmy Lee Jones) comes in and takes him out.

James is welcomed to a secret agency which keeps aliens in check. After a brief examination of his life, James (now Agent J) joins the agency. On his first day, suddenly K and J are on a mission to stop a massive cockroach from destroying Earth and starting a galactic war.

The chemistry between Smith and Jones is hilarious. Smith has some great comedy scenes especially when he is using his new weapon, the Noisy Crickett and him trying to deliver a baby squid type creature. The aliens are smart, their inventive, and their just plain fun when seeing how they identify themselves and hide their identities. The story is funny and will keep you laughing at almost every scene.

The presentation of aliens as everyday people trying to live normal lives in Manhattan is a lot more fun than the presentation of murderous aliens (Independence Day). Another great part is that the film isn't overblown with special effects of alien explosions and massive battles. Instead comedy and chemistry keeps this top comedy flowing.

Men In Black. Starring: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Linda Fiorentino, and Rip Torn.

4 1/2 out of 5 Stars.


60 of 77 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 354 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Sony Pictures

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

2 July 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

MIB See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$51,068,455, 6 July 1997

Gross USA:

$250,690,539

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$589,390,539
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | SDDS (8 channels)| Dolby | Dolby Atmos (Ultra HD Blu-ray)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.

Visit our What to Watch page



Recently Viewed