Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

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Director: Philip Kaufman

Cast: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Leonard Nimoy

     
 

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This remake of the 1956 horror classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers moves the action from small-town USA to 1970s San Francisco and replaces at least part of the original's psychological horror with special effects. Spores rain forth, unseen, from outer space, and soon strange flowers begin popping up all over the city. After bringing one of these hybridSee more details below

Overview

This remake of the 1956 horror classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers moves the action from small-town USA to 1970s San Francisco and replaces at least part of the original's psychological horror with special effects. Spores rain forth, unseen, from outer space, and soon strange flowers begin popping up all over the city. After bringing one of these hybrid specimens home with her one night, biologist Elizabeth Driscoll (Brooke Adams) notices that her live-in boyfriend, Geoffrey (Art Hindle), doesn't seem like himself; he's cold and distant and somehow just not quite there. When she turns to her friend Matthew Bennell (Donald Sutherland), a colleague at the Department of Public Health, he convinces her to see his friend Dr. Kibner (Leonard Nimoy), a pop psychologist who argues that the problem is all in Elizabeth's head. Soon, though, Matthew and Elizabeth begin to notice that people all over the city are changing subtly and inexplicably. When their friend Jack Bellicec (Jeff Goldblum) and his wife Nancy (Veronica Cartwright) find a lifeless, half-formed doppelganger covered with plant fibers in the mud baths they own and operate, the group of friends finally begins to understand that a sinister transformation is sweeping their city. Kevin McCarthy and Don Siegel, respectively the star and director of the original film, have small roles in the new version, as does an unbilled Robert Duvall.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Although it relies on special effects as much as psychological shadings to summon up its atmosphere of paranoia and alienation, this horror remake fairly successfully updates the Cold War subtext of the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers to poke fun at the psychological and spiritual excesses of the late '70s. From Leonard Nimoy's sinisterly self-assured pop psychologist to Veronica Cartwright's babbling hippie chick and Jeff Goldblum's persnickety poet, the supporting characters all scream "me, me, me." It's up to Donald Sutherland and the wonderful Brooke Adams to play it straight -- a feat both actors accomplish with typical class. San Francisco itself also plays a major role in the film, from shady goings-on in the streets near Civic Center to a creepy traffic accident on Nob Hill. A large team of makeup and special-effects artists blur the line between plant and human with queasy proficiency, while several actors get the chance to squeal and screech with alien voices quite effectively. Although he keeps the pace moving and credibly juggles actorly angst with gross-out set pieces, director Philip Kaufman isn't as masterful here as he would be with more literary material in the years to come. In fact, subtext aside, Jack Finney, author of the source novel The Body Snatchers, always insisted that his book was nothing but light entertainment, and, chilling as it is, the same can be said of this popular adaptation.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/2011
UPC:
0883904250814
Original Release:
1978
Rating:
PG
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:55:00
Sales rank:
30,941

Special Features

Re-visitors from Outer Space, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Pod featurette; Practical magic: the special pod featurette; The man behind the scream: the sound effects pod featurette; The invasion will be televised: the cinematography pod featurette; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Donald Sutherland Matthew Bennell
Brooke Adams Elizabeth Driscoll
Leonard Nimoy Dr. David Kibner
Veronica Cartwright Nancy Bellicec
Jeff Goldblum Jack Bellicec
Art Hindle Geoffrey
Lelia Goldoni Katherine
Kevin McCarthy Running Man
Don Siegel Taxi Driver
Tom Luddy Ted Hendley
Tom Dahlgren Detective
Garry Goodrow Boccardo
Jerry Walter Restaurant Owner
Wood Moy Mr. Tong
Rose Kaufman Outraged Woman
Joe Bellan Beggar
Sam Hiona Policeman #1
Al Nalbandian Rodent Man
Robert Duvall Priest on Swing (uncredited)
Maurice Argent Chef
Jerry Garcia Banjo Player

Technical Credits
Philip Kaufman Director
Thomas R. Burman Makeup Special Effects
Michael Chapman Cinematographer
Mary Goldberg Casting
Edouard Henriques Makeup Special Effects
Russ Hessey Special Effects
Doug von Koss Set Decoration/Design
Alan Levine Production Manager
Dell Rheaume Special Effects
W.D. Richter Screenwriter
Art Rochester Sound/Sound Designer
Charles Rosen Production Designer
Robert Solo Producer
Douglas Stewart Editor
Denny Zeitlin Score Composer

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