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Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
I used to watch this movie all of the time when I was a little kid.
I cannot tell you why I liked this movie so much and have not seen it since I was a little kid. I was flipping through the channels and this was just beginning. I was filling a bit nostalgic so I thought I’d give it a watch.
I think I am in love with curly haired Donald Sutherland. When I see him in anything I mourn for the free and wild hairstyle that he used to sport.
I think this movie has held up very well throughout the years. It has a great feeling of claustrophobic paranoia.
It came out in 1978 and was directed by Philip Kaufman. Along with Donald Sutherland as Matthew Bennell it has
Brooke Adams as Elizabeth Driscoll
Jeff Goldblum as Jack Bellicec
Veronica Cartright as Nancy Bellicec
Leonard Nimoy as Dr. David Kibner
Let me say that I love Leonard Nimoy and it is great to see him in a non Spock role (but I do love me some Spock).
The basic plot of this movie is a group of people (Sutherland, Adams, Goldblum & Cartright) in San Francisco find out that the human race is being replaced one by one by pod people that are totally without emotion. They try to tell people but no one will believe their crazy rambling until it is too late.
I think it draws at our need to be unique and not lose ourselves to a world that wants everyone to conform. It also has themes of government control and I know how that makes every one crazy.
This movies is bases on the novel “The Body Snatcher” by Jack Finney published in 1955. It was first made into a movie in 1956. It has had several movie incarnations since then, but for my money this is the best one.
Check it out! It is available on DVD and Blu-ray and various movie streaming outlets.