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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 »
7 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Discover the past, live the present, fight the future. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Director Rob Bowman helmed many episodes of the series. See more »

Goofs

At the railroad tracks, the car has its parking lights on as Mulder and Scully stand outside, watching the train pass. In the next shot, the headlights are on. See more »

Quotes

Special Agent Fox Mulder: [looking at a vile of serum with a syringe and a note with map coordinates] What is it?
Well-Manicured Man: A weak vaccine against the virus Agent Scully has been infected with. It must be administrated within 96 hours. That leaves you little time to reach those coordinates.
Special Agent Fox Mulder: You're lying.
Well-Manicured Man: No. Though I have no means to prove otherwise. The virus is extraterrestrial. We know very little about it except that it was the original inhabitant of this planet.
Special Agent Fox Mulder: A virus.
Well-Manicured Man: What is a virus but a colonizing force that cannot be ...
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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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Beacon Light
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Written and performed by Ween
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Good Jump to the Big Screen.
6 July 2002 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

Well-paced and well-crafted, "The X-Files" is a surprisingly good movie that does not try to get cute and go away from the things that made the series such a national phenomenon. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson seem out of place working with bomb squads and doing other mundane duties after their department is shut down by the government. However the two feel that something really major is up which involves alien colonization on Earth and a vast government cover-up that goes through the highest places in the U.S. political realm. A good screenplay and solid direction make "The X-Files" a first-rate film from a very good cinematic year. 4 stars out of 5.


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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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