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For his fifth effort as a feature-film director, one-time cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld brought his cartoonish visual style and darkly humorous sensibilities to this adaptation of, appropriately enough, a tongue-in-cheek sci-fi comic book. Will Smith stars as James Darrel Edwards, a New York City cop with an athletic physique and a flippant, anti-authoritarian attitude toward law enforcement. After chasing down a mysterious perpetrator one night who turns out to be an alien, James is recruited by "K" (Tommy Lee Jones), a veteran of a clandestine government agency secretly policing the comings and goings of aliens on planet Earth. Nicknamed the "men in black" for their nondescript uniform of black suit, shoes, tie, and sunglasses, the agents are assigned to recover a bauble that's been stolen by an intergalactic terrorist (Vincent D'Onofrio). It seems the item is none other than the galaxy itself, and its theft has plunged humanity into the center of what's shaping up to become an interstellar war, unless K and his new wisecracking partner, now renamed "J," can stop the bad guy. On their side but somewhat in the dark is a pretty, unflappable city medical examiner (Linda Fiorentino) who has been zapped one too many times by K's ingenious memory-sapping device. Men in Black was a box office smash, inspiring an animated children's television series and a hit soundtrack album that featured a performance by star (and rapper) Smith. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Release date:July 4, 1997

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Danny Elfman Best Musical or Comedy Score 1997 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Rick Baker Best Makeup 1997 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Cheryl Carasik Best Art Direction 1997 Nominee

Cast

Tommy Lee Jones
as K
Will Smith
as J
Linda Fiorentino
as Laurel
Vincent D'Onofrio
as Edgar
Rip Torn
as Zed
Tony Shalhoub
as Jeebs
Sean Whalen
as Passport Officer
Siobhan Fallon
as Beatrice
Brad Abrell
John Alexander
as Mikey
Richard Arthur
as 2nd First Contact Alien
Becky Ann Baker
as Mrs. Redgick
Tim Blaney
Patrick Breen
as Mr. Redgick
Sergio Calderon
as Jose
Keith Campbell
as Prep
Willie C. Carpenter
as Police Inspector
Debbie Lee Carrington
as Alien Father
David Cross
as Morgue Attendant
Kent Faulcon
as 1st Lt. Jake Jensen
Thom Fountain
Bernard Gilkey
as Baseball Player
Michael Goldfinger
as NYPD Sergeant
Jon Gries
as Van Driver
Richard Hamilton
as D
Michael Kaliski
as First Contact Alien
Fredric Lane
as INS Agent Janus
Boris Leskin
as Cook
Peter Linari
as Tow Truck Driver
Drew Massey
Alpheus Merchant
as Security Guard
Harsh Nayyar
as News Vendor
Mike Nussbaum
as Gentle Rosenberg
Sean Plummer
as First Contact Alien
Andy Prosky
as INS Agent
Mark Setrakian
Carel Struycken
as Arquillian
Ken Thorley
as Orkin Man
Verne Troyer
as Alien Son
Michael Willis
as Cop In Morgue
Alpheus Merchant
as Security Guard
Siobhan Fallon
as Beatrice
Peter Linari
as Tow Truck Driver
Michael Willis
as Cop In Morgue
Mike Nussbaum
as Gentle Rosenberg
Patrick Breen
as Mr. Redgick
Keith Campbell
as Prep
John Alexander
as Mikey
David Cross
as Morgue Attendant
Boris Leskin
as Cook
Kent Faulcon
as 1st Lt. Jake Jensen
Fredric Lane
as INS Agent Janus
Willie C. Carpenter
as Police Inspector
Richard Hamilton
as D
Becky Ann Baker
as Mrs. Redgick
Bernard Gilkey
as Baseball Player
Verne Troyer
as Alien Son
Harsh Nayyar
as News Vendor
Sean Plummer
as First Contact Alien
Sean Whalen
as Passport Officer
Sergio Calderon
as Jose
Richard Arthur
as 2nd First Contact Alien
Andy Prosky
as INS Agent
Michael Kaliski
as First Contact Alien
Michael Goldfinger
as NYPD Sergeant
Jon Gries
as Van Driver
Ken Thorley
as Orkin Man
Carel Struycken
as Arquillian
Debbie Lee Carrington
as Alien Father

Crew

Barry Sonnenfeld
Director
Walter Parkes
Producer
Laurie MacDonald
Producer
Ed Solomon
Screenwriter
Ed Solomon
Screen Story
Don Peterman
Cinematographer
Danny Elfman
Composer (Music Score)
Jim Miller
Editor
Bo Welch
Production Designer
Graham Place
Co-producer
Steven Spielberg
Executive Producer
Cheryl Carasik
Set Designer
Marco Rubeo
Set Designer
Patrick M. Sullivan, Jr.
Set Designer
Sean Haworth
Set Designer
Lawrence Hubbs
Set Designer
Mary Vogt
Costume Designer
Peter Kurland
Sound/Sound Designer
Debra Zane
Casting
Todd Mattox
Puppeteer
Rick Baker
Makeup Special Effects
Brad Abrell
Puppeteer
Jurgen Heimann
Puppeteer
Drew Massey
Puppeteer
Bart Mixon
Puppeteer
Tim Blaney
Puppeteer
Doug Seymore
Puppeteer
Mike Elizalde
Puppeteer
Steven Sherman
Puppeteer
Tim Ralston
Puppeteer
Howard Berger
Puppeteer
Len Levitt
Puppeteer
Thom Fountain
Puppeteer
Rico Topazio
Puppeteer
Clint Richards
Puppeteer
James Murray
Puppeteer
Eric Brevig
Second Unit Director
Wayne Toth
Puppeteer
Allan Trautman
Puppeteer
Leonard MacDonald
Puppeteer
Mark Setrakian
Puppeteer
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