Men in Black

Columbia Pictures Released 1997



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Barry Sonnenfeld

Top-secret agency MiB was created to watch over alien life on Earth. Agent K, a senior member of the organization, begins searching for a new partner after his former associate leaves for retirement. He chooses James Edwards, a current member of the New York Police Department, who manages to chase down an alien during his rounds one evening. Impressed by his skill, Agent K informs him of the existence of aliens and the purpose of his agency. Initially skeptical, Edwards (renamed Agent J) eventually accepts his position with enthusiasm, partly motivated by the amazing technology the agency offers. The new partners must quickly learn to work as team after a plot involving assassination, theft, and the destruction of earth is set into motion by the nefarious "Bug" race.


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  • Kinda childish really...

    I guess I expected a bit more somehow. By childish I mean many of the special effects for the 'aliens' were right out of a saturday morning cartoon. Its a funny thing-if someone actually sees a ufo & reports it they will sometimes get visits from the real 'men in black' who are Air Force Special Investigators who are not known for their sensitivity. In a way this film makes light of a real issue-aa in only a fool would dispute that some things in the air are not easily identifiable. I thought the sequels to this film were less effective than the original. Tommy Lee Jones was good as the lead investigator. Good for teens rather than for adults.moreless
  • Love it

    Love the story. Good film.
  • About the film

    This had great makeup.

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    • Production Budget - $90,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $250,690,539 (2nd)
      Worldwide Gross - $589,390,539 (3rd)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $445,672,069
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $1,047,805,403

    • Filming locations include:
      Manhattan, New York City, New York
      Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York City, New York
      69th Regiment Armory, New York City, New York
      Battery Park, Manhattan, New York City, New York
      Brooklyn Battery Tunnel Ventilator Shaft, Battery Park, Manhattan, New York City, New York
      Empire Diner, Manhattan, New York City, New York
      Flushing Meadows Park, Queens, New York City, New York
      Grand Central Station, Manhattan, New York City, New York
      Intersection of Orchard and Broome, New York City, New York
      Liberty State Park, Jersey City, New Jersey
      Los Angeles, California
      Midtown Tunnel, Queens, New York City, New York
      New York City, New York
      Shea Stadium, Flushing Meadows Park, Queens, New York City, New York
      Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Manhattan, New York City, New York
      Sony Pictures Studios, Culver City, California

    • Production Companies:
      Amblin Entertainment
      MacDonald/Parkes Productions

    • Taglines:
      1. Protecting the earth from the scum of the universe.
      2. Men in Black - Protecting the Earth from the scum of the Universe.
      3. More secretive than the C.I.A. - More powerful than the F.B.I. - And they're looking for a few good men - They are the Men in Black

    • Academy Award Wins:
      1. Makeup

      Academy Award Nominations:
      1. Art Direction
      2. Best Original Comedy / Musical Score

      Golden Globes Nominations:
      1. Best Movie Comedy/Musical

      BAFTA Nominations:
      1. Special Effects

      Grammy Nominations:
      1. Instrumental Composition

    • Music:
      Men In Black
      Written by Will Smith, Patrice Rushen, Fred Washington and Terry McFadden
      Performed by Will Smith
      The Promised Land
      Written by Chuck Berry
      Performed by Elvis Presley


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