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The X Files (1998)

PG-13 | | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 19 June 1998 (USA)
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Mulder and Scully must fight the government in a conspiracy and find the truth about an alien colonization of Earth.


Rob Bowman


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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Duchovny ... Agent Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Agent Dana Scully
John Neville ... The Well-Manicured Man
William B. Davis ... The Cigarette-Smoking Man
Martin Landau ... Kurtzweil
Mitch Pileggi ... Assistant Director Walter Skinner
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Bronschweig (as Jeffrey De Munn)
Blythe Danner ... Cassidy
Terry O'Quinn ... Michaud
Armin Mueller-Stahl ... Strughold
Lucas Black ... Stevie
Christopher Fennell ... 2nd Boy (as Chris Fennell)
Cody Newton Cody Newton ... 3rd Boy
Blake Stokes Blake Stokes ... 4th Boy
Dean Haglund ... Langly


With problems appearing between FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, a dangerous conspiracy is starting to appear. A deadly virus, which appears to be of extraterrestrial origin has appeared, which could destroy all life on Earth. With the help of a paranoid doctor, Alvin Kurtzweil, Mulder and Scully must act fast in order to save everyone on the planet. Written by Film_Fan

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some intense violence and gore | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Because the series was still being made in Vancouver, Mulder and Scully's separate apartments had to be rebuilt from scratch in Los Angeles. See more »


When Mulder is locked in the room with the bomb, the person cutting through the door starts at the top of the door and works downward, but all he really needed to do was to cut around the lock and the door handle, which would have saved time. See more »


Special Agent Fox Mulder: Is this Dr. Kurtzweil's residence?
D.C. Cop #1: You have some kind of business with him?
Special Agent Fox Mulder: Yeah, I'm looking for him.
D.C. Cop #1: You're looking for him for what?
[Mulder shows his ID]
D.C. Cop #1: The Feds are looking for him, too. Real nice business he's got, huh?
Special Agent Fox Mulder: What's that?
D.C. Cop #1: Selling naked pictures of little kids on his computer. You looking for him for some other reason?
Special Agent Fox Mulder: Yeah. I had an appointment for a pelvic examination.
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Alternate Versions

The video release has additional footage not shown in the theatrical release:
  • In the opening scene you now see more of the alien. In the theatrical release we see it fight off one of the cavemen, killing it, and the other caveman gets up to see it lying on the ground draining out the black blood (or what fans know as black oil). In the video release, we see it run off after it kills one of the cavemen, and when the other caveman gets up, he tracks it down and then kills it using the broken end of his torch.
  • In the scene with Mulder talking to the Well Manicured Man in the car, he reveals to Mulder that Samantha, Mulder's sister, was abducted by aliens at the request of her father, William Mulder, so she could be part of the colonization project, thus ensuring her survival in the colonization of Earth by the visitors. Also revealed is that when plans went awry, Mulder was intended, by his father, to seek the truth and reveal what had been done.
  • There is also an added scene in the video release with Mulder running down the street after the hospital scene.
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Great Sci-Fi and you don't have to be a Fan of the Series to Enjoy,
4 March 2014 | by lesleyharris30See all my reviews

The X-Files is a great movie with a well developed storyline with a talented cast.I have never seen a single episode of the television series and decided to watch this movie when I saw that it was on TV,I was afraid that I wouldn't set a lot of it since I haven't watched the series,but it was clearly written so people who don't watch the series could still understand what was going on.The two main actors,Derek Duchovney and Gillian Anderson,are the best part of this movie,they both suit their characters extremely well and you can tell with the on screen chemistry that they were use to working with each other from the series.I think fans of the series will probably still enjoy it very much,but people who haven't seen the X-Files can still definitely watch the movie,and I would recommend as a good sci-fi and mystery.

Mulder and Scully get caught up in a worldwide conspiracy that could change the future of mankind.

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Release Date:

19 June 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$66,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,138,758, 21 June 1998

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2.39 : 1
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