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Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)



Critic Consensus: Employing gritty camerawork and evocative sound effects, Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a powerful remake that expands upon themes and ideas only lightly explored in the original.

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In this elaborate remake of the 1956 horror classic, health inspector Donald Sutherland is dispatched to investigate the curious behavior of several San Francisco restaurateurs. He begins to notice that even those closest to him are behaving in a detached fashion. The source of this ennui is an alien attack.

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Donald Sutherland
as Matthew Bennell
Brooke Adams
as Elizabeth Driscoll
Leonard Nimoy
as Dr. David Kibner
Veronica Cartwright
as Nancy Bellicec
Art Hindle
as Geoffrey
Lelia Goldoni
as Katherine
Jeff Goldblum
as Jack Bellicec
Kevin McCarthy
as Running Man
Don Siegel
as Cab Driver
Tom Luddy
as Ted Hendley
Tom Dahlgren
as Detective
Garry Goodrow
as Boccardo
Jerry Walter
as Restaurant Owner
Wood Moy
as Mr. Tong
Rose Kaufman
as Outraged Woman
Joe Bellan
as Beggar
Sam Hiona
as Policeman #1
Al Nalbandian
as Rodent Man
Robert Duvall
as Priest on Swing (uncredited)
Jerry Garcia
as Banjo Player
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Critic Reviews for Invasion of the Body Snatchers

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (8)

It's interesting to observe how Kaufman and screenwriter W.D. Richter contrive to exploit and refine elements from both Finney's novel and Siegel's film in the new movie version, an unusually imaginative and adroit but also self-conscious remake.

October 17, 2016 | Full Review…

Gives remakes a good name.

October 23, 2010 | Full Review…

This film wants to have it both ways: to have a more urbane, more "important" scope than the original, and yet retain some of its inexpensive intimacy as well.

October 22, 2010 | Full Review…

Invasion of the Body Snatchers validates the entire concept of remakes.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

Set at the intersection of post-Vietnam paranoia and the myopic introspection that became hippiedom's most lasting cultural contribution, the Philip Kaufman-directed Invasion alternates social commentary with impeccably crafted scares.

September 1, 2007 | Rating: A-
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Ideas that Siegel knocked off in a few shots are expanded to fill entire sequences -- but they're good ideas, and can stand a little stretching.

May 30, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Invasion of the Body Snatchers


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This remake of the classic 1956 Don Siegel film is maybe the best remake of all time. With the greatest sound design I have ever heard, the audio track adds a whole other level of tension to this great film. The screams of the body snatchers will forever be in the back of my mind.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

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Far and away the best of the four Body Snatchers films - and I say this without even having seen 2008's The Invasion, because seriously? All three incarnations have been strong in their own right and encompass a pretty broad variety of aesthetics and production codes. Where the original was goofy, overtly serious B-movie science fiction, and Abel Ferrara's 90s treatment was a sort of fall from innocence tale laden with sinister plant tentacles, this is by far the most adult of the explorations. Touching briefly but penetratingly on groupthink in academic thought, psychology, and human relationships, Invasion of the Body Snatchers is always smart but never wordy. Furthermore, the performances are excellent across the board and the movie itself looks fantastic. It's a shame that Philip Kaufman's career has been somewhat spare (and inconsistent, judging by IMDB's assessment of his work), because based on this alone the man can put together a hell of a visually meaningful composition. This is a truly threatening sci-fi horror film, and though its age is showing in certain regards, some of the images remain horrifying. A classic of the genre.

Drew Smith
Drew Smith

Super Reviewer

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