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The Fly (1986)

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Critic Consensus: David Cronenberg combines his trademark affinity for gore and horror with strongly developed characters, making The Fly a surprisingly affecting tragedy.

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Considered fairly gruesome in its day, the original 1958 The Fly looks like Mister Rogers' Neighborhood compared to this 1986 remake. Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis star as Seth Brundle, a self-involved research scientist, and Veronica Quaife, a science-magazine reporter. Inviting Veronica to his lab, Seth prepares to demonstrate his "telepod," which can theoretically transfer matter through space. As they grow closer over the next few weeks, she inadvertently goads Seth into experimenting with human beings rather than inanimate objects. Seth himself enters the telepod, preparing to transmit himself through the ether -- but he doesn't know that he is sharing the telepod with a tiny housefly. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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R
Genre:
Drama , Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Fox

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Cast

Jeff Goldblum
as Seth Brundle
Geena Davis
as Veronica Quaife
John Getz
as Stathis Borans
Joy Boushel
as Tawny
Les Carlson
as Dr. Cheevers
Michael Copeman
as Man in Bar
David Cronenberg
as Gynecologist
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Critic Reviews for The Fly

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (11)

What makes The Fly such a stunning piece of obsessive film making is the way Cronenberg deftly allows us to identify with his monstrous creation.

Full Review… | August 4, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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Wildly imaginative, gut-wrenchingly scarifying and profoundly primal (not to mention funny), David Cronenberg's The Fly is a movie that whacks you in the solar plexus and leaves you gasping.

Full Review… | August 4, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
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What's good about the film are the strong performances and the ingenious, mostly amusing script. What's ugly, of course, is the grossness. And what's bad is the movie's inability to reconcile its good and ugly aspects.

Full Review… | August 4, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
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As slimy and as grotesque as some of its special effects become, The Fly is a far superior horror film to the top-grossing film in America of late, Aliens.

Full Review… | August 4, 2013
Chicago Tribune
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The Fly seizes on our ingrained, instinctive horror of sexuality, the sense of shame that our fundamentally puritanical society can't help but teach us, and by confirming our worst fears, helps us, for a moment, to move beyond them.

Full Review… | August 4, 2013
Chicago Tribune
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A gross-your-eyes-out horror movie that is also the year's most poignant romance.

Full Review… | October 18, 2011
TIME Magazine
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Audience Reviews for The Fly

½

Goldblum and the over-the-top special effects really craft this movie into the classic that it is today, but Cronenberg's ability to find pathos in the most unlikely of places is among the film's more compelling aspects.

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"The Fly" is one of the more realistically creepy films you will ever see. With great pacing leading up to the incredible transformation, David Cronenberg's fantastic picture is all about suspense, and he is a master at keeping you engaged. In the vein of "Videodrome," "The Fly" follows a similar formula, as we follow the main character's transformation into a monster of multiple sorts. The screenplay in this film is terrific and the practical effects are some of the most realistic things you will ever seen on screen. Leave it to Cronenberg to make you squirm. I loved every bit of this film, but I can't get my mind around what the creature looks like at first. I didn't feel as terrified as I think I should have been, but the acting is great which really helped. It is definitely one of my favourite horror films out there, and that is a lot coming from someone like me. It takes a lot for a horror ilm to impress or scare me. "The Fly" is a great film.

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