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.
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min

your major project, a book.

Not a magazine article.

Follow me and my work,

day by day in detail.

I have no life, so there's nothing

for you to interfere with.

Research the background.

Cover the process.

"The complete record of the most

earth-shattering invention ever.

The one that ended

all concepts of transport...

...of borders and frontiers,

of time and space".

The book will end with me...

...transporting myself

from one telepod to another.

That's what's missing.

Wait for me that long?

What are you doing here?

I was in the neighborhood.

Felt a bit scummy.

Rough day.

How'd you get in?

I have a key, remember?

You gave it to me.

I should've changed the lock.

You didn't.

- Yeah?

- Yeah.

That's because unconsciously... still want me to come back,

move in again.


That's because, consciously,

I'm lazy and disorganized.

Your new playmate's interesting.

What playmate?

The nightclub act.


- Yeah?

- Yeah.

I was wrong.

He's really quite brilliant.

He led the F32 team.

Remember that?

An inch away from the

Nobel Prize for physics.

He was only 20 at the time.

I'm not going to do Brundle.

Maybe the Psychology Today gig.

That's not like you.

Are you getting out or am I?

I'll go. Shall I return later

and tuck you in?

No. Key.

I'll keep it...

...for old time's sake.

You're a petty schmuck.

Initiate in 5 seconds.

I've got to do this, Seth.

Talk to the tape.

Get in the habit.

The world will want to know

what you're thinking.

"F*ck" is what I'm thinking!


The world will want to know that.

What else?

Why didn't it work?

I think it turned the baboon

inside out.


It can't deal with the flesh,

only inanimate objects.

It must be my fault.


Computers only know

what you tell them.

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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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