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Mimic (1997)

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Three years ago, entomologist Dr. Susan Tyler genetically created an insect to kill cockroaches carrying a virulent disease. Now, the insects are out to destroy their only predator, mankind.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. Susan Tyler
... Dr. Peter Mann
... Chuy
... Manny
... Leonard
... Josh
... Remy
... Dr. Gates
James Costa ... Ricky
Javon Barnwell ... Davis
... Jeremy
Pak-Kwong Ho ... Preacher
... Yang (as Glen Bang)
Margaret Ma ... Chinese Woman
Warna Fisher ... Bag Lady
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Storyline

A disease carried by common cockroaches is killing Manhattan children. In an effort to stop the epidemic an entomologist, Susan Tyler, creates a mutant breed of insect that secretes a fluid to kill the roaches. This mutant breed was engineered to die after one generation, but three years later Susan finds out that the species has survived and evolved into a large, gruesome monster that can mimic human form. Written by Steven Dretzke <stevend@unicomp.net>

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We protect ourselves by destroying our enemies but evolution has a way of keeping things alive. See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Rated R for terror/violence and language | See all certifications »

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22 August 1997 (USA)  »

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Judus  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,818,208, 24 August 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$25,480,490
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1.85 : 1
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The scene where Mira Sorvino and Jeremy Northam walk in the hall with all the sick kids lying in their beds was actually directed by Ole Bornedal, one of the producers on the film. See more »

Goofs

In an aerial stock shot at around 9:00 min running time of the Director's Cut, the PanAm Building is to be seen. It was re-branded MetLife Building in 1993, when in fact the film is set in 1997. See more »

Quotes

Peter Mann: Leonard, have you ever seen anything like this before?
Leonard: Why you asking me if I've seen some shit like this before? Do I look like I've seen some shit like this before? Hell, no I a'int never seen no shit like this before. Who the fuck would wanna climb up one of these walls and hang one of these? Musta been a big elephant-ass motherfucker.
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Referenced in Blade II (2002) See more »

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Wake Up This Morning
By Jim Latham
Performed by Doug MacLeod
Courtesy by Mar-Time Music
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As good as it had any right to be.
9 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

Just like the giant cockroaches in the movie mimic their predators (humans), director Guillermo Del Toro mimics David Fincher's style in "Seven": gimmicky opening credits, excessively dark photography, constant rain, claustrophobic atmosphere. Nonetheless, it is his superior craftsmanship and visual sense that elevates this otherwise standard, conventional monster movie into an above-average standard, conventional monster movie. He is helped, of course, by a capable cast (Mira Sorvino holds her own as the lead), and by the impressively designed creatures, which look much better than the monsters in some more recent horror films. (**1/2)


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