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- Rated: PG
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 57 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: March 31, 1998
- Originally Released: 1978
- Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada) Encoding
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Special Features: Feature-Length Audio Commentary by Director Philip Kaufman, "Pod Culture" Retrospective, Trivia and Production Notes, Original Theatrical Trailer.
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Donald Sutherland & Brooke Adams|
|Performer:||Lelia Goldoni, Art Hindle, Don Siegel, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy & Veronica Cartwright|
|Directed by||Philip Kaufman|
|Edited by||Douglas Stewart|
|Screenwriting by||W.D. Richter|
|Composition by||Denny Zeitlin|
|Cinematography by||Michael Chapman|
|Produced by||Robert H. Solo|
It's interesting to observe how Kaufman and screenwriter W.D. Richter contrive to exploit and refine elements from both Finney's novel and Siegel's film in the new movie version, an unusually imaginative and adroit but also self-conscious remake. Full Review
Ideas that Siegel knocked off in a few shots are expanded to fill entire sequences -- but they're good ideas, and can stand a little stretching. Full Review
A remarkable science fiction tale that still stuns, baffles, and chills. Full Review
Although both versions derive from the same Jack Finney novel, the mood of the newer one is closer to The Stepford Wives than it is to Siegel's original. Full Review
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A decade after the Summer of Love, Invasion of the Body Snatchers essentially weaponized flower power, hinting that the erosion of individual consciousness in favor of groupthink was as natural and ingrained as photosynthesis itself. Full Review
Rating: 2.5/4 -- A classic that seems outdated but ultimately feels relevant because of its iconic scenery and threat treatment. [Full review in Spanish]. Full Review
Rating: A- -- Set at the intersection of post-Vietnam paranoia and the myopic introspection that became hippiedom's most lasting cultural contribution, the Philip Kaufman-directed Invasion alternates social commentary with impeccably crafted scares.
In this remake of the 1956 cult classic, terror slowly and silently strikes San Francisco as the city is mysteriously covered by alien spores that produce strangely beautiful flowers. Unbeknownst to the people, the flowers are the bearers of alien pods that make a spiderlike webbing that captures their victims as they sleep and replicates their human form. Although they still look human, the victims are transformed into emotionless creatures by a strange race of aliens out to consume and control humanity--and only four people are left to stop them. Donald Sutherland stars as Matthew Bennel, a Department of Health inspector whose close friend and coworker Elizabeth Driscoll (Brooke Adams) is overwhelmed by fear and paranoia when she begins to suspect her boyfriend, Geoffrey (Art Hindle), of no longer being human. Together, with their friends Jack (Jeff Goldblum) and Nancy (Veronica Cartwright), they are out to stop the bizarre alien invasion before they fall victim to the alien pods. Leonard Nimoy costars as Dr. David Kibner, a guru psychiatrist who might not be whom he seems. This haunting parable of human paranoia is a creepy glimpse of a city overrun with robotlike yuppies threatening to wipe out all of humankind. Sutherland gives a knockout performance as the leader of the last four humans left in San Francisco in this terrific blend of B-movie science fiction and modern terror.
A remake of the classic paranoid metaphor, this time it is yuppies who threaten to replace humankind with synthetic veggie-humans. See BODY SNATCHERS for yet another remake.
- Look for a cameo appearance by Kevin McCarthy, star of the original film, still running through the streets, trying to escape.
- Director Don Siegel also makes a cameo appearance as a taxi driver. Siegel directed the original 1956 version of the film.
- Director Philip Kaufman appears as an impatient man banging on a telephone booth that Donald Sutherland is using.
- Look for Robert Duvall as the priest on a swing.
- The film includes several shots of the TransAmerica pyramid in San Francisco's skyline. At the time of the film's release, TransAmerica was the parent company of United Artists, the producers of the film.
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