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Invasion Of The Body Snatchers

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The original one was aimed at the Red Scare... the 1978 version was creepy.  Even the 1993 _Body Snatchers_ was decent.  the name is corny, but the concept is great. - @Om* 9/17/00

Donald Sutherland staches, snitch
Veronica Cartwright the best hysterics

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Directed by Philip Kaufman

Writing credits
Jack Finney  (novel)
W.D. Richter

Genre: Horror / internal linkSci-Fi

Tagline: You'll never close your eyes again.

Plot Summary: The first remake of the paranoid infiltration classic moves the setting for the invasion from a small town to the city of San Fransisco and starts as Matthew Bennell notices that several of his friends are complaining that their close relatives are in some way different. When questioned later they themselves seem changed as they deny everything or make lame excuses. As the invaders increase in number they become more open and Bennell, who has by now witnessed an attempted "replacement" realises that he and his friends must escape or suffer the same fate. But who can he trust to help him and who has already been snatched?

Cast (in credits order) verified as complete

Donald Sutherland  ....   Matthew Bennell
Brooke Adams ....   Elizabeth Driscoll
internal linkJeff Goldblum  .... Jack Bellicec
Jeff Goldblum

internal linkVeronica Cartwright  ....  Nancy Bellicec

Veronica Cartwright

Leonard Nimoy  ....  Dr. David Kibner
Art Hindle  .... Geoffrey Howell
Lelia Goldoni ....  Katherine
Kevin McCarthy  .... Running Man
Don Siegel  ....  Taxi Driver
Tom Luddy  ....   Ted Hendley
Stan Ritchie  .... Stan
David Fisher  ....  Mr. Gianni
Tom Dahlgren  ....  Detective
Garry Goodrow  ....  Boccardo
Jerry Walter  ....  Restaurant Owner
Maurice Argent   .... Chef
Sam Conti  ....  Street Barker
Wood Moy ....  Mr. Tong
R. Wong  ....  Mrs. Tong
Rose Kaufman   ....   Outraged Woman
Joe Bellan ....  Beggar
Sam Hiona  ....   Policeman #1
Lee McVeigh ....  Policeman #2
Al Nalbandian   ....  Rodent Man (as Albert Nalbandian)
Lee Mines ....  School Teacher
Robert Duvall  ....   Priest on Swing (uncredited)

Directed by
Philip Kaufman

Writing credits
Jack Finney  (novel The Body Snatchers)
W.D. Richter

Produced by
Robert H. Solo

Original music by
Denny Zeitlin

Cinematography by
Michael Chapman

Film Editing by
Douglas Stewart

Mary Goldberg

Production Design by
Charles Rosen

Set Decoration
Doug von Koss

Costume Design by
Agnes Anne Rogers

Makeup Department
Thomas R. Burman  ....  makeup artist (as Thomas Burman)
Edouard F. Henriques  .... makeup artist (as Edouard Henriques)
Edie Panda  ....   hair stylist
Bob Westmoreland  .... makeup artist

Production Management
Alan Levine  ....  production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jim Bloom  ....  first assistant director
Toby Lovallo  ....  second assistant director

Art Department
Sherman Labby  ....  production illustrator
Mike O'Donnell   ....  assistant property master (as Michael O'Donnell)
Holly Walker   ....  assistant property master
Burt C. Wiley  ....  property master (as Burt Wiley)
Dale Woodall ....  construction coordinator

Sound Department
Mark Berger    ....  supervising re-recording mixer
Ben Burtt  ....  special sound effects
Susan R. Crutcher  ....  stereo sound effects recordist and designer (as Susan Crutcher)
Bonnie Koehler   ....  supervising sound editor
John Nutt ....  sound editor
Steve Powell  ....  boom operator (as Stephen Powell)
Art Rochester  ....   production sound mixer
Andy Wiskes  ....   sound re-recording mixer
                            stereo sound effects recordist and designer

Special Effects
Russel Hessey   ....  special effects (as Russ Hessey)
Dell Rheaume  ....  special effects

David R. Ellis  ....  stunt co-ordinator (as David Ellis)

Other crew
Alan S. Blauvelt  ....  second assistant camera (as Allan Blauvelt)
Dustin Blauvelt  ....  first assistant camera (as Dusty Blauvelt)
John Blowitz   ....  unit publicist
Patrick Burns  ....  production assistant
Ron Dexter   ....   space sequence
Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead) ....  musician: banjo
Wynn Hammer .... still photographer
Ving Hershon  ....  music editor
Roger Kellaway  ....  conductor
Leo Loverro  .... dolly grip
Joe R. Marquette Jr.  ....  camera operator (as Joe Marquette)
Norman Mau  ....  apprentice editor
Greig McRitchie   .... orchestrator
George Michael Pantages  ....   head electrician
Allen Pettigrew  ....  location manager
Howard Preston  ....  space sequence
Phill Sawyer  ....  music production coordinator
Richard Dova Spah  .... key grip (as Dick Dova Spah)
Mary Elizabeth Still  ....  assistant costumer (as Mary Still)
Alice Tompkins ....  script supervisor
Joan Wellman   ....   production secretary

Crew verified as complete.

Production Companies

MGM (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) (aka MGM-UA) [us] (video)
United Artists [us]

Optical effects
Pacific Title

Rerecorded at
American Zoetrope

Pacific Title

Runtime: USA:115 / Germany:111
Country: USA
internal linkLanguage: English
Color: Color (Technicolor)
Sound Mix: internal linkDolby
Certification: USA:PG / UK:15 / internal linkAustralia:M / internal linkFinland:K-18 / Germany:12 / Sweden:15

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Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978) Dir. by ?
     great, fantastic shit.  according to Frank, the original made  in  the  1950s  was based on the whole red  scare  era,  and the  paranoia that ensued.   you know,  "the commies are  everywhere!".   this newer version is awesome,  but i can't remember   anything at all about the first one,  except the ending.   in that  version,  the  protagonist managed to warn the authorities about  them,  and it left off with a glimmer of hope.      in this one,  there is a much  scarier ending.   i  don't think  this  version  has anything to do  with  'commies',  because in the beginning they show the origins of the space seeds.      i  think most people know the basic  storyline.   seeds  from  space grow into flowers,  then into pods.  pods take over the gene  make  up of a being,  and take its place.   a replicate  body  is  produced  inside the pods.   the original dies of decay,  and  the  replicate leads a new life --- without emotions.   that's how  the  species colonize other planets.      this version is so special (i kept it on tape) because of the internal linksurreal feelings of subtle paranoia throughout the whole movie.  partly  the camera movement,  and partly the acting  (Nimoy,  Sutherland).   as usual, the sound is exceptional.   killer stuff.
     forgot  to  mention  that internal linkJeff Goldblum is  awesome  in  this  one...  he  plays this sort of internal linkconspiracy theorist/paranoid type dude who talks to himself.   if you listen to the  dialogue,  you  might  hear some references to the whole 'invasion' as a  religion  type thing.   some lines are:   "there is no need to hate anymore"  (as  in  religion  consisting of nothing but  love,  which  is  an  impossible achievment since all things need 2 sides to them), "you  will be born-again" (self explanatory),  "go to sleep"  (ignorance  is bliss?   also a reminder of THEY LIVE), "we must stay awake" (a  reference to questioning authority?), and so on....

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The internal linkSimpsons:

_The Simpsons internal linkHalloween Special II (aka Treehouse of Horror II)_      [Aired October 31, 1991] Season 3/Episode 2

In the sequel to the original Treehouse of Horror, three more tales of horror. Lisa, Bart, and Homer eat too much candy, and end up having nightmares...:

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