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Invasion of the Body Snatchers Details


This remake of the 1956 horror classic moves the action from small-town USA to 1970s San Francisco and replaces at least part of the original's psychological horror with special effects. Spores rain forth, unseen, from outer space, and soon strange flowers begin popping up all over the city. After bringing one of these hybrid specimens home with her one night, biologist Elizabeth Driscoll (Brooke Adams) notices that her live-in boyfriend, Geoffrey (Art Hindle), doesn't seem like himself; he's cold and distant and somehow just not quite there. When she turns to her friend Matthew Bennell (Donald Sutherland), a colleague at the Department of Public Health, he convinces her to see his friend Dr. Kibner (Leonard Nimoy), a pop psychologist who argues that the problem is all in Elizabeth's head. Soon, though, Matthew and Elizabeth begin to notice that people all over the city are changing subtly and inexplicably. When their friend Jack Bellicec (Jeff Goldblum) and his wife Nancy (Veronica Cartwright) find a lifeless, half-formed doppelganger covered with plant fibers in the mud baths they own and operate, the group of friends finally begins to understand that a sinister transformation is sweeping their city. Kevin McCarthy and Don Siegel, respectively the star and director of the original film, have small roles in the new version, as does an unbilled Robert Duvall. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

  • Release date:December 20, 1978


Donald Sutherland
as Matthew Bennell
Brooke Adams
as Elizabeth Driscoll
Leonard Nimoy
as Dr. David Kibner
Veronica Cartwright
as Nancy Bellicec
Jeff Goldblum
as Jack Bellicec
Art Hindle
as Geoffrey
Kevin McCarthy
as Running Man
Robert Duvall
as Priest on Swing (uncredited)
Sam Hiona
as Policeman #1
Jerry Walter
as Restaurant Owner
Don Siegel
as Taxi Driver
Al Nalbandian
as Rodent Man
Tom Dahlgren
as Detective
Tom Luddy
as Ted Hendley
Joe Bellan
as Beggar
Garry Goodrow
as Boccardo
Wood Moy
as Mr. Tong
Rose Kaufman
as Outraged Woman


Philip Kaufman
Robert Solo
W.D. Richter
Jack Finney
Book Author
Michael Chapman
Denny Zeitlin
Composer (Music Score)
Charles Rosen
Production Designer
Doug von Koss
Set Designer
Russ Hessey
Special Effects
Alan Levine
Production Manager
Mary Goldberg
Thomas R. Burman
Makeup Special Effects