When filmy spores fall from space and take root in San Francisco, the city is beautifully transformed by spectacular and exotic flowers. But these lovely extraterrestrial blossoms have gruesome plans for their earthly admirers: to slowly clone their bodies and then dispose of the originals. “A first-rate suspense thriller” (Newsday), this sci-fi adventure is a “chilling” (Leonard Maltin), “dazzling” (The New York Times) and “stunning” (Cosmopolitan) thrill ride that will send your pulse rate soaring. From a brilliant screenplay by Academy Award nominee W.D. Richter, filmmaker Philip Kaufman directs an all-star cast that includes Donald Sutherland, Jeff Goldblum, Brooke Adams and Leonard Nimoy. —MGM
Born in Chicago, IL, writer/director Philip Kaufman makes accessible American art films and stays out of the Los Angeles area, preferring the home base of San Francisco, working with his wife, Rose, and his son Peter. After studying at the University of Chicago and Harvard Law School, he taught English in Europe and began work on a novel. He got into filmmaking in the ‘60s after traveling to California to meet his literary mentor, Henry Miller. His first two films were satirical comedies: Goldstein, co-directed by Benjamin Manaster, and Fearless Frank, starring a young Jon Voight. During the ’70s he reworked several great American genres with the Western The Great Northfield, Minnesota Raid, the whaling adventure The White Dawn, the sci-fi thriller Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and the coming-of-age drama The Wanderers. During this time, he also received writing credits for the highly successful films The Outlaw Josey Wales and Raiders of the Lost Ark. In the ’80s, he turned to literary… read more
Brilliantly creepy and tense for the first hour... just downright scary. But it gets silly. Very silly. I can't for the life of me understand why anyone is scared during the dog scene. It's accompanied by the most ridiculous banjo music. The use of music and sound throughout the entire film is poor, it becomes very annoying. Good performances, atmosphere and direction save this film.
Un buonissimo film di genere.Tecnica adeguata per ciò che si stà raccontando,campi stretti per osservare le reazioni dei protagonisti e movimenti di camera lenti ed elaborati atti a creare una sensazione di vertigine e smarrimento.L'infestazione iniziale è bella dal punto di vista visivo,mentre la totale omologazione può essere vista anche sotto una luce politica.Il ritmo è buono,forse il finale un pò allungato.3*
Average. It lacks what the orignal had, which was the menacing threat of Communism. No, really. This one is about conformity I guess? But everyone had already conformed to a job and the suburbs and shit, so it's kinda like the threat of doubling down on boredom? The orignal is much better. Still, nice to see the chick from Badlands naked. Didn't know she was in this. I'm clearly a high class individual.
except the naked Brooke Adams (a welcome addition) this doesn't improve too much on the original, because we're dealing with a 50's allegory of Soviet invasion transferred in the paranoid post Nixon America, which just doesn't stick too well. The 50's horror were about invasion from without, while the in 70's terror came from within (Cronenberg et all)
This is one of the best remakes EVER (in my opinion). This is also a nice a little artifact in that its one of the few memorable movies that star Leonard Nimoy outside of the star trek series (at least… read review
Jack Finney’s science fiction novel has been made numerous times and in the first two attempts the filmmakers succeded by showing us a fantastical story but grounded in reality. If the first one was… read review