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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.

Director:

Guillermo del Toro

Writers:

Donald A. Wollheim (short story "Mimic"), Matthew Robbins (screen story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mira Sorvino ... Dr. Susan Tyler
Jeremy Northam ... Dr. Peter Mann
Alexander Goodwin ... Chuy
Giancarlo Giannini ... Manny
Charles S. Dutton ... Leonard
Josh Brolin ... Josh
Alix Koromzay ... Remy
F. Murray Abraham ... Dr. Gates
James Costa James Costa ... Ricky
Javon Barnwell Javon Barnwell ... Davis
Norman Reedus ... Jeremy
Pak-Kwong Ho ... Preacher
Glenn Bang ... Yang (as Glen Bang)
Margaret Ma Margaret Ma ... Chinese Woman
Warna Fisher 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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Taglines:

A Bold Experiment. A Deadly Mistake! [DVD cover] See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Due to the heavy-handed post-production influence of Harvey Weinstein, this film appears on a 2017 list in The Telegraph entitled "Harvey Scissorhands: 6 films ruined by Harvey Weinstein." 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

Susan Tyler: When I increased the Judas's metabolism, I must have sped up its breeding cycle. I mean, we're talking tens, hundreds of thousands of generations, who knows how many mutations...
Peter Mann: I don't get it, I just don't fucking get this. How could the Judas evolve into this?
Susan Tyler: Think generations, not years, okay. It took only 40,000 generations for apes to turn into humans.
Peter Mann: So?
Susan Tyler: We changed its DNA, Peter! I mean, we don't know what we did!
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Alternate Versions

Guillermo del Toro released a director's cut in 2011. It runs for 112 minutes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Scoring Resident Evil (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Wake Up This Morning
By Jim Latham
Performed by Doug MacLeod
Courtesy by Mar-Time Music
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Mimic imitates previous creature features but fails to copy their innovation.
1 September 2018 | by TheMovieDioramaSee all my reviews

Low budget horrors were of high saturation during the 90s, as directors attempt to blend CGI with prosthetics to enhance the quality of their films. From 'Tremors' to 'Alien: Resurrection', the combination of sci-fi and horror was particularly popular during this decade. So much so, that Del Toro's first foray into American cinema was exactly that with Mimic. An entomologist releases a species of insects to cull cockroaches that are carrying a disease, however years later these creatures have drastically evolved and are now killing humans. Dank, dark and gloomy, you know it's a Del Toro production when it features characters crawling in sticky residue. The germaphobes and entomophobes among you may feel repelled to watch this, with Del Toro not shying away from showcasing scenes of squeamish nature throughout the "Frankenstein"-like plot. Rubbing insect blood into skin, faces slowly being bitten off and plenty of legs crawling through abandoned subway stations. It relishes in the roots of its sub-genre, but that entertainment does not hold strong for long. The first act starts strong, with concise scientific exploration into the world of insects, featuring a glorious ant colony in the largest glass container I've seen. The narrative plants seeds, inevitably growing into a promising gruesome horror. That promise is shattered once the second act arrives as the pace stagnates almost entirely. Characters go wandering down into sewers or abandoned buildings, giant cockroach creature appears, minimal death sequence, rinse and repeat. The third act slowly picks up but rapidly wastes supporting characters as they are forgotten about or killed off, leaving the uninteresting characters alive. The environment never felt substantial or varying enough, as if the entire film was just a blur of dampness. It lacked memorability and frankly became sluggish. The empty scientific reasoning only adds to the stupid premise, but you roll with it. The serviceable acting and mediocre visual effects still makes this lesser horror watchable.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

22 August 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Judus See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,818,208, 24 August 1997

Gross USA:

$25,480,490

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,480,490
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Dimension Films, Miramax See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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