The Fly (Collector's Edition)Director: David Cronenberg
Considered fairly gruesome in its day, the original 1958 The Fly looks like Mister Rogers' Neighborhood compared to this 1986 remake. Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis star as Seth Brundle, a self-involved research scientist, and Veronica Quaife, a science-magazine reporter. Inviting Veronica to his lab, Seth prepares to demonstrate his "telepod," which can theoretically transfer matter through space. As they grow closer over the next few weeks, she inadvertently goads Seth into experimenting with human beings rather than inanimate objects. Seth himself enters the telepod, preparing to transmit himself through the ether -- but he doesn't know that he is sharing the telepod with a tiny housefly.
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- 20th Century Fox
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- [Full Frame, Wide Screen]
- [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Cast & Crew
|Jeff Goldblum||Seth Brundle|
|Geena Davis||Veronica Quaife|
|John Getz||Stathis Borans|
|Les Carlson||Dr. Cheevers|
|Michael Copeman||2nd Man in Bar|
|Louis Craig||Special Effects|
|Denise Cronenberg||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Elinor Rose Galbraith||Set Decoration/Design|
|Rolf Harvey||Art Director|
|James McAteer||Set Decoration/Design|
|Charles E. Pogue||Screenwriter|
|Ted Ross||Special Effects|
|Patricia Rozema||Asst. Director|
|Howard Shore||Score Composer|
|Carol Spier||Production Designer|
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This movies tells a powerful story that is both frightening and moving at the same time. It works well as a science fiction tale, with awesome special effects, as well as on a philosophical level. Watching a human being change slowly into a monster is bad enough but what is even more frightening is how his mind and *soul* change too. One of the most chilling quotes from the film is when Brundle says "I'm an insect that dreamt he was a man and liked it. But the dream is over and the insect is awake."
I didn't like this movie at all. I didn't like the story and the whole transformation of man to turn into the fly it was so grose and so disapointnig and I also didn't like Stethis he was so weird.
It scared the hell out of me when I was twelve, I literally had to sleep with the light on for the next three years. But to an adult mind, this film surely gives at the very least a glimpse into the genius mind of Mr Cronenberg (an even better brain than that of Mr Kronenberg, beer fans!) The film manages superbly to operate on two levels. The sci-fi story alone is probably worth 3 to 4 stars by itself - a brilliant scientist (Jeff Goldblum) has invented a near perfect teleportation system. Having suffered from motion sickness since childhood, he has always been driven toward the invention of his telepods (think Star Trek, I suppose). A predatory journalist, hungry for her career-making story, takes a shine to our geeky hero. Upon realising the true value of his invention and the vulnerability of his soul, she makes the mistake of falling in love with him. During a drunken, jealous and lonely moment, he makes the even bigger mistake of testing the machine upon himself. An equally unfortunate insect (see film title) gets into the teleportation chamber with him during his pilot transportation. The computer that controls the experiment is steeped in love after Goldblum's rose-tinted programming, influenced by his first sexual frolics with Geena Davis, and decides to mate human and fly. Their genetic patterns intertwined, Jeff steps out of the telepod... Unlike the original film, the transformation in the lead character is slow, yet painfully inevitable. Without wishing to divulge any of the details of the ensuing gorefest, I would instead prefer to hint at the second level upon which the film operates. Goldblum's transformation, from the very beginning of the film to its end, serves as an obsessively planned, and brilliantly acted metaphor for ageing, almost for life itself. The once virginal scientist reaches the peak of his physical, sexual and mental powers before ageing and disintegrating into an old, old man, desperate to propel his seed unto the next generation. The film is wonderful in its simplicity, special effects aside. It stars only three main characters, one main set (a large, creepy loft serving as a lab), and a singular theme throughout. Don't watch this if you don't like goo, or if you really like doughnuts. Do watch it if you like like your glimpses of humanity to be realistic, and your love stories heartbreakingly tragic.