Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

Directed by
Don Siegel

Arguably the best version of Jack Finney's novel, this 1956 sci-fi thriller still has unbridled power to shock. Directed by Don Siegel, the film has been interpreted as a clever metaphor on the communist witch-hunt, prevalent in the US at the time.

Dr Miles Bennel (Kevin McCarthy) returns to his Californian home town and finds that a number of his patients have paranoid delusions that their friends or family are impostors. Initially sceptical, he realises that something bizarre may have occured. Could it be that emotionless alien clones have replaced innocent human beings while they're asleep? Dr Bennell is determined to uncover the truth...

Highly recommended.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 80 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1956

4/5 Stars

Classification: PG Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Black and White


Kevin P. McCarthy...Dr. Miles J. Bennell
Dana Wynter...Becky Driscoll
Larry Gates...Dr. Dan 'Danny' Kauffman
King Donovan...Jack Belicec
Carolyn Jones...Theodora 'Teddy' Belicec
Jean Willes...Nurse Sally Withers
Ralph Dumke...Police Chief Nick Grivett
Virginia Christine...Wilma Lentz
Tom Fadden...Uncle Ira Lentz
Kenneth Patterson...Stanley Driscoll
Guy Way...Officer Sam Janzek
Eileen Stevens...Anne Grimaldi
Beatrice Maude...Grandma Driscoll
Jean Andren...Eleda Lentz
Bobby Clark...Jimmy Grimaldi
Everett Glass...Dr. Ed Pursey
Dabbs Greer...Mac Lomax
J. Pat O'Malley...Baggage man
Guy Rennie...Restaurant owner
Marie Selland...Martha Lomax