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Body Snatchers (1993)

A teenage girl and her father discover alien clones are replacing humans on a remote U.S. military base in Alabama.

Director:

Abel Ferrara

Writers:

Jack Finney (novel), Raymond Cistheri (screen story) | 4 more credits »
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Terry Kinney ... Steve Malone
Meg Tilly ... Carol Malone
Gabrielle Anwar ... Marti Malone
Reilly Murphy Reilly Murphy ... Andy Malone
Billy Wirth ... Tim Young
Christine Elise ... Jenn Platt
R. Lee Ermey ... General Platt
Kathleen Doyle ... Mrs. Platt
Forest Whitaker ... Major Collins
G. Elvis Phillips G. Elvis Phillips ... Pete
Stanley Small Stanley Small ... Platt's Aide
Tonea Stewart ... Teacher
Keith Smith Keith Smith ... Soldier Gas Station
Winston E. Grant Winston E. Grant ... Gas Attendant
Phil Neilson Phil Neilson ... MP Gate Captain
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Storyline

Family moves to military base for the summer, but the soldiers are behaving even more strangely than usual. Is it a toxic spill as suggested or is it something more sinister? Written by Andrew Welsh <andreww@bnr.ca>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

They'd kill...to be you. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, nudity and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Secuestradores de cuerpos See more »

Filming Locations:

Alabama, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,494, 17 January 1994

Gross USA:

$428,868

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$428,868
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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In the opening sequences, Marti is sitting on the right side of the car looking out the window. When it cuts to show her viewpoint of the moon and passing trees, the perspective is as if she were on the left side of the car. See more »

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Major Collins: We'll give 'em hell, Malone! We'll show 'em what the human race is really made of!
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Somewhat Unnecessary
23 February 2003 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

Everyone knows the plot of THE INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS because they`d already been two adaptations before the 1993 remake . The same basic plot had also been done in the 1955 television serial QUATERMASS 2 which was also remade by Hammer films in the late 1950s and we`ve seen DOCTOR WHO stories like Spearhead From Space that uses a very similar premise . In short the idea had been done to death by the 1990s

On its own BODY SNATCHERS isn`t a terrible film , it is moody and dark as it should be , but it does have a rather mechanical script with a scene featuring some teen angst followed by a mysterious scene followed by a scene featuring teen angst followed by a mysterious scene followed by a scene featuring teen angst . Everyone knows that the plot revolves around alien infiltration so do the audience get to find out why the aliens come to Earth ? Not really , unlike the 50s original there`s no real ambiguity as to the aliens motive or subtext either . I should also point out that aliens taking over military bases makes perfect logical sense if they want to nullify humanity but unfortunately setting the story on a military base where through necessity human individuality is disallowed and where the newly introduced protagonists don`t know the other characters means we have a story that lacks compelling and terrifying drama . We find it somewhat difficult to care about the people involved because they lack individuality to begin with .

As I said it`s by no means terrible but BODY SNATCHERS fails alongside the 1978 version which I rate as the greatest paranoid thriller ever made


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