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Phantoms (1998)

One hundred fifty dead, and three hundred fifty missing in the tiny mountain town of Snowfield, Colorado, and that's only the beginning.

Director:

Joe Chappelle

Writers:

Dean R. Koontz (novel) (as Dean Koontz), Dean R. Koontz (screenplay) (as Dean Koontz)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter O'Toole ... Dr. Timothy Flyte
Rose McGowan ... Lisa Pailey
Joanna Going ... Jennifer Pailey, M.D.
Liev Schreiber ... Deputy Stuart 'Stu' Wargle
Ben Affleck ... Sheriff Bryce Hammond
Nicky Katt ... Deputy Steve Shanning
Clifton Powell ... Gen. Leland Copperfield
Rick Otto ... Scientist Lockland
Valerie Chow ... Scientist Yamaguchi (as Rachel Shane)
Adam Nelson ... Scientist Burke
John Hammil John Hammil ... Scientist Talbot
John Scott Clough John Scott Clough ... Scientist Shane
Michael DeLorenzo ... Soldier Velazquez
William Hahn William Hahn ... Scientist Borman
Robert Himber Robert Himber ... Scientist Walker
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Storyline

One hundred fifty dead, and three hundred fifty missing in the tiny mountain town of Snowfield, Colorado, and that's only the beginning.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

For centuries they told us the terror would come from above. We've been looking the wrong way. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sci-fi violence/gore and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dean Koontz's Phantoms See more »

Filming Locations:

Colorado, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,065,951, 25 January 1998

Gross USA:

$5,624,282

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,624,282
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The "flatworm theory" used in the movie (that flatworms can eat the remains of their own kind and absorb their knowledge) is based on actual tests given to flatworms which involved seeing how quickly they would make the "correct" turn at a Y-intersection after eating the previous experimenters. The results were more inconclusive than the film says. See more »

Goofs

The band-aid on Sheriff Hammond's neck changes repeatedly throughout the movie without any way it could have been changed. See more »

Quotes

[Repeated line]
Deputy Wargle: Hey - you want to see somethin'?
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Connections

References The Thing (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

I Fall to Pieces
Performed by Patsy Cline
Written by Hank Cochran and Harlan Howard
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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Frequently Asked Questions

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User Reviews

Good Idea ; Bad Movie
6 August 1998 | by Wild-2See all my reviews

"Phantoms" has a great concept. The force mankind is dealing with is mysterious and deadly. However, the movie has many problems. One of the problems with the movie is that the characters aren't interesting because we know very little about them. We find out a little about Ben Affleck's, however, making him the only character I found any bit interesting. The scary parts are way too predictable and so is the story itself. We see the big threatening thing that killed all the town at the end of the movie, and we find it ruins the only thing that kept the movie going. This movie should have made more time to know more about the characters and the thing they were fighting than trying lame ways to scare people. In conclusion, good idea;bad movie.


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