Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) - Rotten Tomatoes

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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 (57) | Top Critics (9)

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

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


Even though it relies on a gripping feel of intense paranoia, this is an overlong sci-fi/horror movie that suffers from certain problems in logic and kills its tension with long passages that make the pacing irregular, not even being smart enough as an allegory like the original film.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

"Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get you," goes the famous insight, and there's that part of this work that is unnerving to say the least. The other part, no less significant, is how no one will believe you, adding frustration to the pungent mix. It's done elegantly here, everyone taking their time, letting the tension build. One of the greats.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


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