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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.

Director:

Rob Bowman

Writers:

Chris Carter (story), Frank Spotnitz (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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The Truth Is Revealed See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

For the opening sequence, set in the prehistoric ice cave, the alien costume was delivered without any pin points for the actor to see out of. See more »

Goofs

When Kurtzweil is talking to Mulder, Mulder's cab arrives twice. See more »

Quotes

Ben Bronschweig, M.D.: [the Cigarette Smoking Man and Dr. Bronschweig climb down a ladder into the cave while wearing bio-haz-mats suits] We brought the atmosphere back down to freezing in order to control the development, which is like nothing we've ever seen.
Cigarette Smoking Man: Brought on by what?
Ben Bronschweig, M.D.: Heat, I think. The coincident invasion of a host, the fireman, in an environment that raised his body temperate above 98.6.
Cigarette Smoking Man: [...]
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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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Connections

Referenced in Fringe: Amber 31422 (2010) See more »

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Crystal Ship
Written by Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore and Robby Krieger
Performed by X
Produced by Ray Manzarek
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Fight the Future
8 June 2000 | by Op_PrimeSee all my reviews

The X-Files' first movie is great. It has a clever, yet complicated, plot. The movie tackles the alien conspiracy head on, connecting some plot details from the show. But like an episode of the show, only a small piece of the puzzle is explained. The movie is a scary and thrilling sci-fi movie. All that's missing is a sequel.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

19 June 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blackwood See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$66,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,138,758, 21 June 1998

Gross USA:

$83,898,313

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$189,176,423
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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