The Fly

Synopsis: Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum), a brilliant but eccentric scientist attempts to woo investigative journalist Veronica Quaife (Geena Davis) by offering her a scoop on his latest research in the field of matter transportation, which against all the expectations of the scientific establishment have proved successful. Up to a point. Brundle thinks he has ironed out the last problem when he successfully transports a living creature, but when he attempts to teleport himself a fly enters one of the transmission booths, and Brundle finds he is a changed man. This Science-Gone-Mad film is the source of the quotable quote "Be afraid. Be very afraid."
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Director(s): David Cronenberg
Production: Fox
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 11 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.5
Metacritic:
79
Rotten Tomatoes:
91%
R
Year:
1986
96 min
293 Views

What am I working on?

Something that will

change the world...

...and human life as we know it.

Change it a lot or just a bit?

Be more specific.

You want me to be more

specific here with...

...half the scientific

community eavesdropping?

Where else?

You could come back to my lab.

I'll make cappuccino.

I have a Faema of my own.

It's not the dilettante's

plastic model.

It's a restaurant espresso machine

with an eagle on top.

Somehow I get the feeling

you don't get out much.

- You can tell that?

- Yes.

You're making a mistake.

I think you really want to talk to me.

Sorry. I have three other interviews

before this party is over.

But they don't have something

that will change the world.

They say they do.

Yeah but they're lying.

I'm not.

Are you sick?

No... Sure.

You're not a very good drunk.

No, I'm always like this.

It's the...

...motion sickness. When I was a kid,

I puked on my tricycle.

I hate vehicles.

Should I drive slowly?

No. Turn left.

We're almost there.

This is it?

It's cleaner on the inside.

Please.

Listen.

Maybe this is a bad idea.

Too late.

You've already seen them.

You can't leave here alive.

I haven't seen anything.

Those.

Designer phone booths.

Very cute.

I bet you have a really neat

jukebox in here too.

Over there?

No.

No.

This is the...

...prototype of those.

The first one I had made.

It works, but it's clunky.

I call them telepods.

They're controlled by this.

Thank God for that.

So, what do they do?

The phones booths?

Telepods.

Okay, I need an object. Um.

Do you have something that is...

...personal I can use?

Something uniquely you?

An item of clothing or jewelry?

You kidding?

No, I'm serious.

Okay. Here it goes.

Mm-hm.

- I don't wear jewelry.

- Mm-hm.

It's nice.

Brundle, Seth.

Watch the stocking.

Well?

Great.

A giant microwave oven. I'm glad

I didn't give you my Rolex.

If I had a Rolex.

You're missing the point.

Look.

Teleportation?

Please.

Wait a minute.

Is that a hologram?

- Where's my stocking?

- That's it.

Pick it up.

I don't get it.

What happened?

You get it but you can't handle it.

Your stocking has just

been teleported...

...from one pod to another.

Disintegrated there

and reintegrated there.

Sort of.

It will change the world

as we know it, right?

Oh, no.

This is incredible.

It's not possible, is it?

How have you kept this quiet?

Please sit down.

How could you do this alone?

I don't work alone.

There's stuff in there I don't

understand. I'm really a...

...systems manager.

I farm out...

...pieces to men more

brilliant than I. I say:

"Design me a molecular analyzer",

and they do. I just assemble it.

None of them knows

what the project really is.

And the money? Bartok

Science Industries financed this?

But they leave me alone

because I'm not expensive.

They know they'll own

whatever it is.

You haven't told them?

When I'm ready.

Wait a second.

What's that?

To get the quotes right.

Quotes? No.

This was personal.

Don't write about it.

What do you mean?

I'm a journalist.

- Oh, no, no, no, no.

- You knew that.

I made a mistake. I shouldn't

have shown you this. I'm very sorry.

Particle Magazine sent me

to get a story.

This is the most

exciting story ever.

No. Absolutely not.

I must have that tape.

- Please.

- You can't do that.

Don't write a story.

I'd never have told

this stuff to a journalist.

- But you told it to me.

- I suppose I did but...

- Sure did.

- Now wait a minute.

Come here.

What about your stocking?

Keep it for good luck.

I say:
"Design me a

molecular analyzer", and they do.

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Charles Edward Pogue

Charles Edward Pogue Jr. (born January 18, 1950) is an American screenwriter, playwright and stage actor. He is best known for writing the screenplays of The Hound of the Baskervilles (1983), Psycho III (1986), The Fly (1986) and Dragonheart (1996). more…

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