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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.

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Rob Bowman

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

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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$83,898,313

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$105,300,000
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Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

As is the case with many 20th Century Fox Films, the film cans for the advance screening prints and show prints had a code name. The The X Files (1998) was "Nuts and Bolts." See more »

Goofs

The film opens 35-40.000 years ago with Neanderthal men exploring an underground cavern. No scientific study every done suggest that human beings (even primitive ones) ever existed in the Americas prior to 18-20 thousand years ago. And since there is a definitive trail of human settlement from what is now Alaska down to North and South America, human beings wouldn't have been in North Texas until 8-10 thousand years ago at the earliest. See more »

Quotes

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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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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