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Men in Black (1997)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 2 July 1997 (USA)
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A police officer joins a secret organization that polices and monitors extraterrestrial interactions on Earth.

Director:

Barry Sonnenfeld

Writers:

Lowell Cunningham (comic), Ed Solomon (screen story) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 21 wins & 39 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Lee Jones ... Kay
Will Smith ... Jay
Linda Fiorentino ... Laurel
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Edgar
Rip Torn ... Zed
Tony Shalhoub ... Jeebs
Siobhan Fallon Hogan ... Beatrice (as Siobhan Fallon)
Mike Nussbaum ... Gentle Rosenburg
Jon Gries ... Van Driver
Sergio Calderón ... Jose
Carel Struycken ... Arquillian
Fredric Lehne ... INS Agent Janus (as Fredric Lane)
Richard Hamilton ... Dee
Kent Faulcon ... 1st Lt. Jake Jensen
John Alexander ... Mikey
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Storyline

Based off of the comic book. Unbeknownst to other people, there is a private agency code named MiB. This agency is some kind of extra terrestrial surveillance corporation. Then, one of the agency's finest men only going by the name "K" (Tommy Lee Jones) , is recruiting for a new addition to the agency. He has chosen James Edwards (Will Smith) of the N.Y.P.D. Then, one day, a flying saucer crashes into Earth. This was an alien a part of the "Bug" race. He takes the body of a farmer (Vincent D'Onofrio) and heads to New York. He is searching for a super energy source called "The Galaxy". Now, Agents J and K must stop the bug before it can escape with the galaxy. Written by John Wiggins

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Men in Black - Protecting the Earth from the scum of the Universe. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and sci-fi violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Sony Pictures

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

2 July 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

MIB See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$51,068,455, 6 July 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$250,690,539

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$589,390,539
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Sound Mix:

DTS | SDDS (8 channels)| Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The explanation that K originally puts in Beatrice's head is an Easter Egg for UFO geeks. It nonsensically mixes 4 of the most infamous cases of scientific explanations of UFO sightings by the US government. Those include 'swamp gas' (Dr. J. Allen Hynek's explanation of a Michigan sighting that had haunted him for years), 'weather balloon' (the original explanation for the Roswell incident), 'thermal pocket' (mass Washington D.C. UFO sighting of 1952) and 'light from Venus' (arguably the most frequently used explanation). See more »

Goofs

J and K exit the morgue at night and go directly back to MIB headquarters. J goes to his computer and scans for his lost love in Cape Cod, which is in the same time zone as NY. When the image is located, it appears to be daylight when it should be in the evening. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Nick the Van Driver: Goddamn bugs!
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, a dragonfly flies around the countryside. See more »

Alternate Versions

To attain a more commercial PG rating instead of an M rating in Australia, the following changes were made:
  • When the alien jumps from the building in the beginning, rather than hitting the ground with a "thud", he now sparkles away in midair;
  • The scene describing what the bug does to Edgar's skin has been snipped;
  • The fumigator's death has been shortened, removing the shot of the spray gun being rammed down his throat.
  • The shot of the dead waiter stuffed under the counter is shortened
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Connections

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Soundtracks

The Promised Land
Written by Chuck Berry
Performed by Elvis Presley
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label of BMG Entertainment
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Alias Smith & Jones
11 April 2003 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

MEN IN BLACK (1997) ***1/2 Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino, Vincent D'Onofrio, Rip Torn, Tony Shalhoub, Siobahn Fallon. Giddily hilarious sci-fi comedy: think a 90s "Ghostbusters" meets the "X-Files": hard-as-nails, deadpan Jones (a great master straight man) is one of many secret agents of MIB (Men In Black) recruiting steetsmart, mouthy Smith (a great wiseass) to team up and stop an intergalactic alien bug (in rotting human form D'Onofrio who gives a brilliant, funny turn) from wiping out the Earth and all mankind. Incredible out there special effects from ILM and ingenious aliens from self-professed "Monster Maker" makeup guru Rick Baker. Hip, clever dialogue and fine chemistry from the odd couple gives this comic book adaptation of Lowell Cunningham a glossy work over including Bo Welch's inventive production design and Danny Elfman's atmospheric score. Fluid direction by Barry Sonnefield.


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