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The Shadow Men (1997)

After a family has an alien encounter, they call the Air Force to report the incident which leads to a visit by Men In Black, who turn out to be alien-human mutants.

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Timothy Bond

Writers:

Justin Stanley (screenplay), Eric Miller (screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
Eric Roberts ... Bob Wilson
Sherilyn Fenn ... Dez Wilson
Dean Stockwell ... Stan Mills
Brendon Ryan Barrett Brendon Ryan Barrett ... Andy Wilson
Andrew Prine ... MIB #1
Chris McCarty Chris McCarty ... MIB #2
Tom Poster Tom Poster ... MIB #3
Valerie Swift ... Jane
Hans Howes ... Attendant
David Bowe ... Harry
Lisa Dinkins ... Desk Sergeant
Treva Tegtmeier ... Secretary
Robert Berger Robert Berger ... Detective
Benjamin Brown ... Cop #1
Ben Slack Ben Slack ... Doctor
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Happily married couple Bob and Dez Wilson and their 12-year old son Andy are being attacked by a blinding light when driving home from a daytrip. They awaken a couple of hours later, seemingly unscathed but soon driven mad by recurring nightmares. It soon appears that they have been abducted by aliens as proved by their sons handycam that had suddenly started running right after the incident. This mysterious fact is discovered by even more mysterious Men In Black who start nagging the family up to the point of threatening to kill them. Laughed at by the police the threesome seek refuge at sf-writer Stan Mills' house and start fighting back. Written by Swie Tio <sweet_t@dds.nl>

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Andrew McCarthy was originally the lead (and was listed as such in the Hollywood Reporter American Film Market special issue for 1995). Andrew McCarthy eventually made "Perfect Assassins" for the same production company (Promark). See more »

Goofs

In the car chase 20 years earlier, Stan is driving a 1980 Mercury Zephyr and then the story moves forwards 20 years. In the scene where Bob is at work, Harry tells him to use the computer instead of reading books. As he says; "it's the 90s". So that isn't a 20 year gap at all. See more »

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Stan Mills: [Stan is watching one of the Shadow Men outside the front gate of his house on CCTV] He's trying to jimmy the lock.
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References Men in Black (1997) See more »

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ok, not great, sci-fi
6 July 2000 | by shempinhollywoodSee all my reviews

Interesting idea, along the lines of the "real" men in black, turns into a conventional potboiler about halfway through. Ok action, some good acting, ultimately stock directing... but a good overall attempt by the filmmakers to personalize the characters and give them some depth... out of character for this type of low budget production. Roberts is pretty good, so is Sherilyn Fenn. The stand out for me? It's got to be cult actor Andrew Prine as the main MIB. Above Average, I give it 7 out of ten.


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