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The Puppet Masters (1994)

The Earth is invaded by stingray-shaped alien "slugs" that ride on people's backs and control their minds.

Director:

Stuart Orme

Writers:

Robert A. Heinlein (novel), Ted Elliott (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Sutherland ... Andrew Nivens
Eric Thal ... Sam Nivens
Julie Warner ... Mary Sefton
Keith David ... Alex Holland
Will Patton ... Dr. Graves
Richard Belzer ... Jarvis
Tom Mason ... President Douglas
Yaphet Kotto ... Ressler
Gerry Bamman ... Viscott
Sam Anderson ... Culbertson
J. Patrick McCormack J. Patrick McCormack ... Gidding
Marshall Bell ... General Morgan
Nicholas Cascone Nicholas Cascone ... Greenberg
Bruce Jarchow ... Barnes
Benjamin Mouton ... Higgins
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Storyline

Strange aliens land in the Midwest, taking over people's minds in order to spread their dominion. Sam Nivens and Andrew Nivens, aided by Mary Sefton, are part of a government agency who must stop the the aliens before the aliens get to them... Written by Steve Fenwick <scf@w0x0f.com>

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Trust No-one.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, sci-fi gore and brief language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Robert A. Heinlein's The Puppet Masters See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,069,057, 23 October 1994

Gross USA:

$8,647,042

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,647,042
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hollywood Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Donald Sutherland and Eric Thal previously appeared in Six Degrees of Separation (1993). See more »

Goofs

When Sam is being interviewed in the hospital by his father, one shot shows another patient in the bed behind his father, but at the end of the scene a wide shot from above shows the bed is empty. See more »

Quotes

Niven: It's the kid from the spaceship. Get him off the car.
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Connections

Spoofed in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Bad Eggs (1998) See more »

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forget the movie, READ THE BOOK!!!
5 August 2003 | by havenmystSee all my reviews

As movies based on books go, it was decent, but as with any other movie that is based on a book, it's hardly worth wasting your time on if you've read the book because you will only be disappointed. On the other hand, if you've never read the book, the movie may interest you enough to read it. I PROMISE YOU, you WON'T regret it. On it's own, the movie does a commendable job of presenting itself (although I wouldn't recommend buying the DVD for anything more than pocket-change as there are NO extras) and is rather suspenseful, but again, the book is FAR superior. For starters, the book goes much more into detail, and as a result, the movie comes off as being a watered-down version that leaves alot out and changes much of what is left to avoid explanation. So, if you are the reading type, I STRONGLY urge you to read one of the greatest works of the premier Sci-fi author in history and leave this movie on the shelf.


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