1956 science-fiction movie about alien "pods" taking over individuals in a small town


Invasion of the Body Snatchers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a 1956 science fiction film starring Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, King Donovan, and Carolyn Jones. It is based on the novel The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney (originally serialized in Collier's Magazine in 1954). The screenplay was adapted from Finney's novel by Daniel Mainwaring and was directed by Don Siegel. The film is the first and most critically acclaimed of the novel's four film adaptations to date. In 1994, Invasion of the Body Snatchers was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being 'culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant'. The story depicts an extraterrestrial invasion in a small Californian town. The invaders replace human beings with duplicates which appear identical on the surface but are devoid of any emotion or individuality. A local doctor tries to stop them. ..."

Cast and Crew

Larry GatesDr. Dan 'Danny' Kauffman
Kevin McCarthyDr. Miles J. Bennell

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers, 26 Mar 2002
Black and white, widescreen


Freedom's Flicks: The 20 Best Libertarian Movies of all Time, Nov 1999
The Orange County Register picks movies for "freedom lovers"
"4. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956, original version). In a quiet California town, folks are being replaced with look-alike alien pod people who sap each individual's humanity in the name of the common good. A great sci-fi drama that doubles as a devastating critique of totalitarianism. Best libertarian moment: Kevin McCarthy describes how shocking it is to watch people he knows drained of their humanity and individualism. It happens all the time without the pods, he explained, but usually over a lifetime rather than instantaneously."