Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Synopsis: Dr. Miles Bennell returns to his small town practice to find several of his patients suffering the paranoid delusion that their friends or relatives are impostors. He is initially skeptical, especially when the alleged dopplegängers are able to answer detailed questions about their victim's lives, but he is eventually persuaded that something odd has happened and determines to find out what is causing this phenomenon. This film can be seen as a paranoid 1950s warning against those Damn Commies or, conversely, as a metaphor for the tyranny of McCarthyism (or the totalitarian system of Your Choice) and has a pro- and epilogue that was forced upon Siegel by the studio to lighten the tone.
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Director(s): Don Siegel
Production: Republic Pictures Home Video
  2 wins.
Rotten Tomatoes:
80 min

Oh, Miles.

I don't know,

maybe I clown around too much.

Pretty soon, my patients...

won't trust me

to prescribe aspirin for them.

Seriously, what's the trouble?

It's my cousin.


What's the matter with her?

She has a...

I guess you'd call it

a delusion.

You know her uncle?

Uncle Ira?

Sure. I'm his doctor.

She's got herself

thinking he isn't her uncle.

How do you mean?

That they're not really related?

She thinks

he's an impostor or something...

someone who only looks like Ira.

Have you seen him?

I just came from there.

Is he Uncle Ira,

or isn't he Uncle Ira?

Of course he is.

I told Wilma that,

but it was no use.

Please, would you stop by

and have a talk with her?

Sally says I'm booked up

for the afternoon...

but why don't you ask her

to come in and see me?

I'll try.

How about some lunch?

I can't.

I'm meeting Dad at the store.

When did you get back?

I came back from London

two months ago.

I've been in Reno.



Dad tells me

you were there, too.

Five months ago.

Oh, I'm sorry.

So was I.

I wanted it to work.

I guess that makes us

lodge brothers now.


Except I'm paying dues

while you collect them.

Ha ha ha! Miles.

-Hello, doc.

-How are you?


At it again, eh?

My nurse tells me

you were in last week...

and wanted very much

to see me.

It wasn't anything important.

Didn't he go to college with us?

Quit his second year

to get married...

like I wanted us to do.

Just be thankful

I didn't take you seriously.

You be thankful.

I found out

that a doctor's wife...

needs the understanding

of an Einstein...

and patience of a saint.

And love?

I wouldn't know about that.

I'm just a general practitioner.

Love is handled

by the specialists.

Here's where I leave you.

You know something?

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Daniel Mainwaring

Daniel Mainwaring (July 22, 1902 – January 31, 1977) was an American novelist and screenwriter. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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