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Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi | 5 February 1956 (USA)
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A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates.

Director:

Don Siegel

Writers:

Daniel Mainwaring (screenplay), Jack Finney (Collier's magazine serial)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin McCarthy ... Dr. Miles J. Bennell
Dana Wynter ... Becky Driscoll
Larry Gates ... Dr. Dan 'Danny' Kauffman
King Donovan ... Jack Belicec
Carolyn Jones ... Theodora 'Teddy' Belicec
Jean Willes ... Nurse Sally Withers
Ralph Dumke Ralph Dumke ... Police Chief Nick Grivett
Virginia Christine ... Wilma Lentz
Tom Fadden ... Uncle Ira Lentz
Kenneth Patterson Kenneth Patterson ... Stanley Driscoll
Guy Way ... Officer Sam Janzek
Eileen Stevens Eileen Stevens ... Anne Grimaldi
Beatrice Maude Beatrice Maude ... Grandma Grimaldi
Jean Andren Jean Andren ... Eleda Lentz
Bobby Clark Bobby Clark ... Jimmy Grimaldi
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Storyline

Dr. Miles Bennell returns to his small town practice to find several of his patients suffering the paranoid delusion that their friends or relatives are impostors. He is initially skeptical, especially when the alleged doppelgangers are able to answer detailed questions about their victim's lives, but he is eventually persuaded that something odd has happened and determines to find out what is causing this phenomenon. Written by Mark Thompson <[email protected]>

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Incredible! Invisible! Insatiable! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Walter Wanger's Invasion of the Body Snatchers See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$417,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,000,000
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Perspecta Sound encoding) (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Filming was supposed to commence in Mill Valley, north of San Francisco, but the budget wouldn't allow it. In fact, several locations made up the town of Santa Mira, including the actual towns of Sierra Madre, Chatsworth, and Glendale and the areas of Los Feliz, Bronson Caves and Beachwood Canyon, the latter two in the hills above Hollywood. Some interiors were also done on the Allied Artists lot on the east side of Hollywood. See more »

Goofs

The gas attendant took the keys out of the ignition to open the trunk to place the Pods. After leaving, Miles stops the car, takes out the keys and opens the trunk to burn the Pods. But although the car has been turned off, there continues to be exhaust smoke exiting the pipe. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Miles J. Bennell: This is the oddest thing I've ever heard of. Let's hope we don't catch it. I'd hate to wake up some morning and find out that you weren't you.
Becky Driscoll: [laughs] I'm not the high school kid you used to romance, so how can you tell?
Dr. Miles J. Bennell: You really want to know?
Becky Driscoll: Mmm-hmm.
[Miles kisses Becky]
Dr. Miles J. Bennell: Mmmm, you're Becky Driscoll, all right!
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Crazy Credits

THE END comes up on the final shot of the film of Miles looking relieved that Dr Hill has believed his story, and is calling the FBI about the alien invasion of Santa Mira. See more »

Alternate Versions

There is a colorized version by Republic Pictures 80 minutes in length. See more »

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The better one
2 November 2004 | by bob998See all my reviews

This was the first part of a double bill with Phil Kaufman's remake as the follow-up. I'll say that Siegel is ten times the action director that Kaufman could ever dream of being, that the original Body Snatchers has a cool, thoughtful tone that makes the shock scenes even better. The remake, even though in color and with a bigger budget, is so nervous, so lacking in pace and mood, that your impulse is often to laugh instead of sinking deeper into your seat.

Take just one scene: Kevin McCarthy and Dana Wynter are barricaded in his office, trying to stay awake. Morning comes, and the weirdness begins; people shuffle towards the square to pick up their packages, the leaders calling out the districts. Now in daylight the suspense is made more potent, the threat to humans seems greater. Kaufman does this scene at night, losing the mundane horror that Siegel evokes so well. The studio imposed the flashback structure, having McCarthy brought in to talk to a therapist at the beginning and end of the picture. That's the only weakness in the story.


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