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  • Dir. Philip Kaufman
  • USA
  • 1978
  • 115 min.
  • PG
  • 4K DCP Restoration
  • Assistive Listening
  • Hearing Loop

Part of Invasion!

Filmy spores fall from space over San Francisco, and the city blossoms with beautiful new flora. People take the flowers home, and as they sleep, the plants creep over them, devouring their bodies and stealing their identities — their emotions, their uniqueness, their souls. If you notice an eerie change in someone very close to you, chances are you’re next!

More than just a highly effective sci-fi thriller, INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS treats contemporary problems of urban paranoia and loss of individuality with intelligence and sensitivity — and ends with the single most horrifying frame in movies. From acclaimed filmmaker Philip Kaufman (THE WANDERERS) comes this chilling ’70s adaptation of Jack Finney’s classic novel — featuring a brilliant screenplay by W.D. Richter (BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA), gritty camerawork by Michael Chapman (RAGING BULL) and awe-inspiring special effects, this incredible revision of the classic story (every generation has one, and they’re all good) is a pulse-pounding shocker with wonderful performances by Donald Sutherland (DON’T LOOK NOW), Brooke Adams (THE DEAD ZONE), Leonard Nimoy (STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN), Jeff Goldblum (THE FLY) and Veronica Cartwright (ALIEN).

“Undiluted pleasure and excitement. The scriptwriter, W.D. Richter, supplies some funny lines, and the director, Phil Kaufman, provides such confident professionalism that you sit back in the assurance that every spooky nuance you're catching is just what was intended.” —Pauline Kael, The New Yorker

“Easily among the greatest remakes ever made, Philip Kaufman updates Don Siegel's McCarthy-era classic to 1978 San Francisco. Kaufman proves singularly adept at keeping multiple genres and tones in play, from noirish mystery to heady paranormal thriller to face-squishing sci-fi horror. There's truly no recovering from the film's final the-enemy-is-us parting shot.” —Eric Hynes, Rolling Stone

“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… The enemies here are less like monsters from the id than demons born of complacency.” —Keith Phipps, A.V. Club