El Paso, TX

July 18 - July 28, 2024 • El Paso, TX

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Plaza After Dark
Saturday, July 20
Philanthropy Theatre

The critically acclaimed 1978 film is the second re-imagining of Jack Finney’s novel. The 1956 film, directed by Don Siegel, is one of the finest sci-fi films of all time. This version, directed by Philip Kaufman (The Right Stuff), updates from a small town to San Francisco and effectively presents the themes of the loss of individuality and living in a hive society. It follows laboratory scientists Matthew Kennel (Donald Sutherland) and Elizabeth Driscoll (Brooke Adams), who notice alien spores replicating and replacing humans with emotionless duplicates. Cinematographer Michael Chapman (Raging Bull, Taxi Driver) worked with Kaufman to capture the film noir feel of the original. With a stellar cast that recreated the suspenseful atmosphere of the original film (watch for cameos from Kevin McCarthy and Siegel), the remake reflected the social anxieties of the 1970s. — Keri Moe and Jay Duncan

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Starring: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Leonard Nimoy, Jeff Goldblum
Rated: PG