Men in Black

Men in Black

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Director: Barry Sonnenfeld

Cast: Barry Sonnenfeld, Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino

     
 

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For his fifth effort as a feature-film director, one-time cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld brought his cartoonish visual style and darkly humorous sensibilities to this adaptation of, appropriately enough, a tongue-in-cheek sci-fi comic book. Will Smith stars as James Darrel Edwards, a New York City cop with an athletic physique and a flippant, anti-authoritarian… See more details below

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For his fifth effort as a feature-film director, one-time cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld brought his cartoonish visual style and darkly humorous sensibilities to this adaptation of, appropriately enough, a tongue-in-cheek sci-fi comic book. Will Smith stars as James Darrel Edwards, a New York City cop with an athletic physique and a flippant, anti-authoritarian attitude toward law enforcement. After chasing down a mysterious perpetrator one night who turns out to be an alien, James is recruited by "K" (Tommy Lee Jones), a veteran of a clandestine government agency secretly policing the comings and goings of aliens on planet Earth. Nicknamed the "men in black" for their nondescript uniform of black suit, shoes, tie, and sunglasses, the agents are assigned to recover a bauble that's been stolen by an intergalactic terrorist (Vincent D'Onofrio). It seems the item is none other than the galaxy itself, and its theft has plunged humanity into the center of what's shaping up to become an interstellar war, unless K and his new wisecracking partner, now renamed "J," can stop the bad guy. On their side but somewhat in the dark is a pretty, unflappable city medical examiner (Linda Fiorentino) who has been zapped one too many times by K's ingenious memory-sapping device. Men in Black was a box office smash, inspiring an animated children's television series and a hit soundtrack album that featured a performance by star (and rapper) Smith.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kryssa Schemmerling
Paranoia was never this much fun. Everyone from weathermen to unwashed dirt farmers is a potentially murderous space alien in this science-fiction comedy that mixes laughs with fast-paced action and spectacular special effects. Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith shine as a straight-as-an-arrow special agent and a fast-talking NYPD cop who form an unlikely partnership to rid the earth of extraterrestrial intruders. As imaginative and absurd as the comic-book series that inspired it, Men in Black is an entertaining send-up of self-important sci-fi flicks -- a blockbuster action film that delivers all the expected thrills while managing to revel in its own silliness. The limited-edition two-DVD set is a stellar package with "visual commentaries" from the director and stars, the Men in Black music video, storyboard and photo galleries, and several scenes with multiple angles.
All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
Because of its extensive ad campaign and huge box-office grosses, some viewers may be surprised at the comparatively small scale of this fun little science-fiction comedy. In fact, most of the reason the film works as well as it does is not the special-effects aspect, which is relatively modest, but the chemistry between its two leads. Tommy Lee Jones' wonderful deadpan delivery works as a perfect counterpoint to Will Smith's often frantic energy, and both actors are a joy to watch. The alien monsters are mostly of the cute and cuddly variety, making it more suitable for children than most violent alien epics of recent years, and it's so much fun that it's one of the rare films which actually raises hopes for a sequel.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/04/2000
UPC:
0043396052925
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tommy Lee Jones K
Will Smith J
Linda Fiorentino Laurel
Vincent D'Onofrio Edgar
Rip Torn Zed
Tony Shalhoub Jeebs
Sean Whalen Passport Officer
Siobhan Fallon Beatrice
Brad Abrell Voice Only
John Alexander Mikey
Richard Arthur 2nd First Contact Alien
Becky Ann Baker Mrs. Redgick
Tim Blaney Voice Only
Patrick Breen Mr. Redgick
Sergio Calderon Jose
Keith Campbell Prep
Willie C. Carpenter Police Inspector
Debbie Lee Carrington Alien Father
David Cross Morgue Attendant
Kent Faulcon 1st Lt. Jake Jensen
Thom Fountain Voice Only
Bernard Gilkey Baseball Player
Michael Goldfinger NYPD Sergeant
Jon Gries Van Driver
Norma Jean Groh Mrs. Edelson
Richard Hamilton D
Carl Johnson Voice Only
Michael Kaliski First Contact Alien
Fredric Lane INS Agent Janus
Boris Leskin Cook
Peter Linari Tow Truck Driver
Drew Massey Voice Only
Alpheus Merchant Security Guard
Harsh Nayyar News Vendor
Mike Nussbaum Gentle Rosenberg
Sean Plummer First Contact Alien
Andy Prosky INS Agent
Steve Rankin INS Agent
Mark Setrakian Voice Only
Charles C. Stevenson MIB Agent Bee
Carel Struycken Arquillian
Ken Thorley Orkin Man
Verne Troyer Alien Son
Mykal Wayne Williams Scared Guy
Michael Willis Cop In Morgue

Technical Credits
Barry Sonnenfeld Director
David Leroy Anderson Makeup
Richard Baker Makeup Special Effects
John Cameron Asst. Director
Cheryl Carasik Set Decoration/Design
Thomas A. Duffield Art Director
Danny Elfman Score Composer
Sean Haworth Set Decoration/Design
Lawrence Hubbs Set Decoration/Design
Industrial Light & Magic Special Effects
Peter Kurland Sound/Sound Designer
Laurie MacDonald Producer
Jim Miller Editor
Steven R. Molen Associate Producer
Walter Parkes Producer
Don Peterman Cinematographer
Graham Place Co-producer
Marco Rubeo Set Decoration/Design
David Rubin Casting
Ed Solomon Original Story,Screenwriter
Steven Spielberg Executive Producer
Patrick M. Sullivan Set Decoration/Design
Mary Vogt Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert W. Welch Production Designer
Bo Welch Production Designer
Debra Zane Casting

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