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Phantoms (1998)

One hundred fifty dead, and three hundred fifty missing in the tiny mountain town of Snowfield, Colorado, and that's only the beginning.

Director:

Joe Chappelle

Writers:

Dean R. Koontz (novel) (as Dean Koontz), Dean R. Koontz (screenplay) (as Dean Koontz)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter O'Toole ... Dr. Timothy Flyte
Rose McGowan ... Lisa Pailey
Joanna Going ... Jennifer Pailey, M.D.
Liev Schreiber ... Deputy Stuart 'Stu' Wargle
Ben Affleck ... Sheriff Bryce Hammond
Nicky Katt ... Deputy Steve Shanning
Clifton Powell ... Gen. Leland Copperfield
Rick Otto ... Scientist Lockland
Valerie Chow ... Scientist Yamaguchi (as Rachel Shane)
Adam Nelson ... Scientist Burke
John Hammil John Hammil ... Scientist Talbot
John Scott Clough John Scott Clough ... Scientist Shane
Michael DeLorenzo ... Soldier Velazquez
William Hahn William Hahn ... Scientist Borman
Robert Himber Robert Himber ... Scientist Walker
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Storyline

One hundred fifty dead, and three hundred fifty missing in the tiny mountain town of Snowfield, Colorado, and that's only the beginning.

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Taglines:

For centuries they told us the terror would come from above. We've been looking the wrong way. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sci-fi violence/gore and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dean Koontz's Phantoms See more »

Filming Locations:

Colorado, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,065,951, 25 January 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,657,370, 15 February 1998
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The "flatworm theory" used in the movie (that flatworms can eat the remains of their own kind and absorb their knowledge) is based on actual tests given to flatworms which involved seeing how quickly they would make the "correct" turn at a Y-intersection after eating the previous experimenters. The results were more inconclusive than the film says. See more »

Goofs

Everyone goes into the lab and it begins to snow. Jennifer, Lisa, Bryce, and Flyte are the only people left in town. Yet, when Flyte leaves the lab later, there are footprints and tracks in the snow. See more »

Quotes

Timothy Flyte: I used to believe that any theory, once published with supporting evidence, then became open to discussion and debate. But I've learned how envious, vindictive, and vicious the academic community can be; they're swine. Polite swine, but swine nonetheless. Convincing the world fairly to consider a new idea takes patience, perseverance, and a willingness to fight the good fight in any media forum one can find.
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Soundtracks

Fall
Written by Attention Earth
Performed by Attention Earth
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User Reviews

Dean Koontz novel gets better-than-average execution on screen
12 September 2003 | by kibler@adelphia.netSee all my reviews

Phantoms (1998) Ben Affleck, Peter O' Toole, Rose McGowan, Joanna Going, Liev Schreiber, Nicky Katt, Clifton Powell, D: Joe Chappelle. When two sisters drive into a small Colorado town, they find the whole place depopulated, but corpses keep turning up. What caused it: disease or something else? Enter sheriff Affleck and his snickering deputy (Schreiber), who are just as clueless about these unexplained happenings as they are. Then an army of scientists and a professor-turned-tabloid journalist (O' Toole) come into the scene, discovering what wiped out the 500 residents came from deep underground. Better-than-average from a Dean Koontz novel, written by its author and well-acted for a thriller this ridiculous, that really pushes your buttons with suspenseful scenes and doesn't need to rely fully on special effects. O' Toole's character makes little sense, and we don't believe Affleck's chief graduated from Harvard. Running Time: 91 minutes and rated R for sci-fi violence, gore, and language. ** ½


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