Invasion of the Body Snatchers

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One of the best political allegories of the 1950s, Invasion of the Body Snatchers is an efficient, chilling blend of sci-fi and horror.



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Director Don Siegel's thinly-veiled examination of McCarthy-era hysteria stars Kevin McCarthy (no relation) as Miles Bennell, a California doctor who arrives at a San Francisco hospital in near-hysterical condition, raving about an alien invasion. His story, told in flashback, focuses on Bennell's home in tiny Santa Mira, where he discovers an alien plot to take over earth by methodically replacing humankind with zombie-like pod people.

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Kevin McCarthy
as Mile Binnell
Dana Wynter
as Becky Driscoll
Larry Gates
as Dr. Kauffman
Carolyn Jones
as Theodora
Virginia Christine
as Wilma Lentz
Tom Fadden
as Uncle Ira
Kenneth Patterson
as Stanley Driscoll
Guy Way
as Sam Janzek
Eileen Stevens
as Mrs. Grimaldi
Jean Andren
as Aunt Eleda Lentz
Pat O'Malley
as Man Carrying Baggage
Guy Rennie
as Proprietor
Whit Bissell
as Dr. Hall
Robert Clark
as Jimmy Grimaldi
Sam Peckinpah
as Charlie Buckholtz
Richard Deacon
as Dr. Harvey Bassett
Harry J. Vejar
as With Man Carrying Baggage
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Critic Reviews for Invasion of the Body Snatchers

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Audience Reviews for Invasion of the Body Snatchers

  • Dec 19, 2015
    Invasion of the Body Snatchers is one of the best allegory film to the Cold War. Alien pods began to replicate their host and take over a small Californian town, only few remain as themselves to stop the invasion. It's simply one of the best films of all times, the emotionless zombie like pod people were a perfect example of life under communism. The only problem was its melodramatic tone and some really silly actions by the characters. I enjoyed last struggle as Binnell attempted to warn others, but the linear ending was a bit of a disappointment.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Nov 13, 2015
    It is hard not to think that when it came out this creepy pre-Twilight Zone sci-fi did a great disservice to a country already stirred by the collective paranoia of McCarthyism, but now it is no less than an essential classic that reflects very well the political turbulence of those days.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 01, 2013
    A man discovers that his town has been replaced by aliens. The description of this film on Flixster implies that one can read this film as a "cautionary fable about the blacklisting hysteria of the McCarthy era." If that is true, I would like to see that argument drawn out and supported because I've been thinking about that interpretation and I can't make it hold water. What I see is B-movie science fiction. Other positive reviews regale the film's "fear factor," but I've always been immune to this response, and so the film's cheap thrills and atmospheric suspense aren't compelling for me. I wasn't bored, but I wasn't moved or compelled either. Overall, there may be more to this than a better version of an Ed Wood picture, but I don't see it.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Mar 06, 2012
    A great sci-fi movie that is still pretty entertaining today, despite having its fair share of cheesiness.
    Joey S Super Reviewer

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