Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Released 1978


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Invasion of the Body Snatchers

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Philip Kaufman
Invasion of the Body Snatchers is the 1978 remake of the classic science fiction thriller, brought to modern life this time by acclaimed director Philip Kaufman (The Right Stuff, The Unbearable Lightness of Being). Set this time out in modern day San Francisco, this version centers around Department of Health inspector Matthew Bennell (Donald Sutherland, MASH, Animal House, Klute, Ordinary People, Don't Look Now) starts to notice of rash of odd behaviors in the city: people are starting to suspect that their loved ones and relatives aren't really their loved ones and relatives; that they're imposters. When his co-worker (and unrequited love interest) Elizabeth Driscoll (Brooke Adams, The Dead Zone) has a similar notion about her dentist boyfriend Geoffrey (Art Hindle, Black Christmas, The Brood), Matthew springs into action to help her solve her dilemma. Employing the help of friends psychiatrist David Kibner (Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek), writer Jack Belicec (Jeff Goldblum, The Fly, Jurassic Park, Independence Day), Matthew uncovers a terrifying truth: people are being duplicated by alien plants who have come to Earth to take over the planet!moreless


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  • 100

    Rolling Stone

    Easily among the greatest remakes ever made, Philip Kaufman updates Don Siegel's McCarthy-era classic to 1978 San Francisco. Kaufman proves singularly adept at keeping multiple gen...

  • 88

    Slant Magazine Chuck Bowen

    One of the subtlest and most extraordinarily fluid of American horror films, Kaufman crafts textured scenes, rich in emotional and object-centric tactility, that cause our heads to...

  • 63

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Jay Scott

    The re-make, directed by Philip Kaufman, has lost its intellectual innocence and throws in everything from Chariots of the Gods to recombinant DNA - it's as clever and hip as a New...

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Aliens, Classics