Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1956)
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Held by the police as a raving lunatic, Dr. Miles Bennell recounts to a psychiatrist the events that have turned his life upside down. He returned to his small town the previous Thursday, having been called back from a medical conference by his nurse, who was being flooded with patients. He arrives to find that most have canceled their appointments, but the few cases he does have all have the same story: someone close to them is acting strangely as if they had been replaced. Consulting some of his colleagues, he finds that these types of reports have been coming in all week and they conclude it must be some type of mass hysteria. However, when his friends Jack and Teddy Belicec show him a partly formed body they have uncovered in their home, he begins to realize that there may be some truth to the wild stories he has been hearing.
... there was nothing to hold onto
Also Known As:
They Came from Another World
Walter Wanger's Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Title: Invasion Of The Body Snatchers
Release Date: February 05, 1956
Runtime: 80 mins
All Genres: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Colors: Black and White
IMDB Rating: 8.0
Buried.com Rating: 9 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With I
MPAA Rating: Approved
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 ...Police Chief Nick Grivett
Virginia Christine ...Wilma Lentz
Tom Fadden ...Uncle Ira Lentz
Kenneth Patterson ...Stanley Driscoll
Guy Way ...Officer Sam Janzek
Eileen Stevens ...Anne Grimaldi
Beatrice Maude ...Grandma Driscoll
Jean Andren ...Eleda Lentz
Bobby Clark ...Jimmy Grimaldi
Everett Glass ...Dr. Ed Pursey
Dabbs Greer ...Mac Lomax
Pat O'Malley ...Baggage man
Guy Rennie ...Restaurant owner
Marie Selland ...Martha Lomax
Sam Peckinpah ...Charlie (meter reader)
Harry J. Vejar ...Pod carrier in Miles' office
Whit Bissell ...Dr. Hill
Richard Deacon ...Dr. Harvey Bassett
Frank Hagney ...Bit part
Robert Osterloh ...Ambulance driver
Invasion Of The Body Snatchers Horror Film Trailer 1
More Movie Taglines:
- ... there was nothing to hold onto
- except each other.
- They come from another world!
- "Something is happening! Send your men of science quick!" The panic stricken cry went over the phone to Washington D. C. until the lines went dead!......
- Incredible! Invisible! Insatiable!
- Walter Wanger Creates the Ultimate in Science-Fiction!
- Collier's Magazine called it "The Nightmare That Threatens The World"
- Ambulance Driver: We had to dig him out from under the most peculiar things I ever saw. Dr. Hill: What things? Ambulance Driver: Well, I don't know what they are; I never saw them before. They looked like great big seed pods. Dr. Hill: Where was the truck coming from? Ambulance Driver: Santa Mira.
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: [laughs] I'm not the high school kid you use to romance, so how can you tell? Dr. Miles J. Bennell: You really want to know? Becky: Mmm-hmm. Dr. Miles J. Bennell: [after kissing her] Mmmm, you're Becky Driscoll, all right!
Jack Belicec: Stop trying to rationalize everything, will ya? Let's face it, we have a mystery on our hands! Dr. Dan 'Danny' Kauffman: Sure you have. A real one! Whose body was it, and where is it now? A completely normal mystery. Whatever it is, it's well within the bounds of human experience, and I don't think you ought to make any more of it. Dr. Miles J. Bennell: Look, I wouldn't if I hadn't looked in Becky's cellar! How do you explain away the body I saw there? Dr. Dan 'Danny' Kauffman: I don't think you saw one there. Dr. Miles J. Bennell: You don't think I saw one here, either? Dr. Dan 'Danny' Kauffman: I know you did because three others saw it too. Dr. Miles J. Bennell: But I dreamed up the second one? Dr. Dan 'Danny' Kauffman: Doctors can have hallucinations too.
Dr. Miles J. Bennell: They're here already! You're next! You're next, You're next...!
Dr. Miles J. Bennell: Drugs dull the mind - maybe that's the reason.
- Throughout the years, Sam Peckinpah (who appears briefly in the film as the meter reader) claimed that he had done work on the script ranging from modifications to major overhauls. Those who worked on the film claimed that if Peckinpah had made any changes to the script, it was limited to a few lines of dialog. Peckinpah's claims became so inflated that the actual writer, Daniel Mainwaring, threatened to file an official complaint with the Writers Guild of America, so Peckinpah backed down. When Peckinpah died in 1984, many of his obituaries still carried the claim that he had rewritten the screenplay for this film.
The tunnel scene where the hero hides briefly from the townspeople was filmed at Bronson Cave in Griffith Park, famous with locals as the Bat Cave.
Only $15,000 of the budget was spent on special effects.
Ranked #9 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest films in the genre "Sci-Fi" in June 2008.
Becky and Miles paraphrase Shakespeare twice. "I know a bank whereon the wild thyme blows, Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows" is from A Midsummer Night's Dream. "That way madness lies" is from King Lear.
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