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Evolution (2001)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | 8 June 2001 (USA)
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A fire-fighting cadet, two college professors, and a geeky but sexy government scientist work against an alien organism that has been rapidly evolving since its arrival on Earth inside a meteor.

Director:

Ivan Reitman

Writers:

Don Jakoby (story), David Diamond (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Duchovny ... Ira
Julianne Moore ... Allison
Orlando Jones ... Harry
Seann William Scott ... Wayne
Ted Levine ... Gen. Woodman
Ethan Suplee ... Deke
Michael Bower ... Danny (as Michael Ray Bower)
Pat Kilbane ... Officer Johnson
Ty Burrell ... Flemming
Dan Aykroyd ... Governor Lewis
Katharine Towne ... Nadine
Gregory Itzin ... Cartwright
Ashley Clark Ashley Clark ... Lt. Cryer
Michelle Wolff ... Carla
Sarah Silverman ... Denise
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Storyline

When a meteorite falls to Earth two college professors, Dr. Ira Kane and Prof. Harry Phineas Block, are assigned the job of checking the site out. At the site, they discover organisms not of this planet. Soon the site is taken over by the government, forcing Ira and Harry to the side. As the new life-forms begin to evolve and start to get more and more dangerous, it's up to the two professors to save the planet. Written by FilmFanUK

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Have a nice end of the world. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, and for sci-fi action | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 June 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Evolución See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,408,351, 10 June 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$38,345,494

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$98,376,292
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ted Levine plays Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs (1991) and Julianne Moore plays Clarice Starling in Hannibal (2001). See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 6 mins) Ira changes position improbably between shots while singing "Play That Funky Music". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[At night, Wayne drives out to a shack in the desert and places a mannequin inside it. He is wearing a yellow fireman's coat, without a fire department's name on it]
Wayne Grey: Despite all the warnings, she was smoking in bed, fell asleep. Bad move.
[He sloshes gasoline inside the shack and strikes a match]
Wayne Grey: And the fire begins. Showtime!
[Hollering in fake excitement, he charges into the shack]
Wayne Grey: Don't worry, ma'am, I'm here to save you!
[...]
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Alternate Versions

The dialogue where Harry asks "Shouldn't we tell the government." to which Ira replies "No! I know these people." was shot both in the hallyway of the college and driving in the college parking lot. The hallyway scene was used in the final film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Jay Leno Show: Episode #1.87 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Bombshell
Written by Michael Tempesta & Michael Cummings
Performed by Powerman 5000
Courtesy of DreamWorks Records
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Excellent! Great fun!
11 June 2001 | by shannara0See all my reviews

"Evolution," starring David Duchovny, Orlando Jones, Seann William Scott and Julianne Moore, is a terrific fun summer romp. A meteorite crashes to Earth, bringing with it microscopic alien organisms that rapidly begin evolving and threaten humanity's very existence. Enter our heroes, two community college science professors Ira Kane (Duchovny) and Harry Block (Jones). They investigate the meteorite, take samples and Kane quickly realizes what is going on. But the Army has been monitoring Kane's work ever since he was drummed out of the USAMRID because of a tremendous mistake he made. They try to take over the situation, but don't really know what they're doing. CDC scientist Allison (Moore) at first works with the Army on the project, but soon realizes that it's Kane who is making the most sense.

The whole movie is done as a comedy and the jokes are fast, furious and really funny. The chemistry between the leads is fantastic. Special effects -- the alien creatures -- rocks. Don't miss this one!


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