The Puppet Masters

Synopsis: Strange aliens land in the Midwest, taking over people's minds in order to spread their dominion. Sam Nivens and Andrew Nivens, aided by Mary Sefton, are part of a government agency who must stop the the aliens before the aliens get to them...
Director(s): Stuart Orme
Production: Hollywood Pictures
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
109 min

I thought we were gonna play ball.

Come on.

Come on!

Stay, Bo-jay

Hey, Mr Higgins.

Did you see something come down

ten minutes ago?

Yeah. It's in the clearing.

It's really incredible.

Come on, you have to come see it.

It's just through here.

- Sam. Great to see you. How are you?

- Mr Jarvis.

This is Dr Sefton.

- Mary. Hi.

- Sam. Hi.

- What the hell's he doing here?

- This is important, Sam.

- Sorry about the short notice.

- No problem.

They have their IDs?

So I'm a Cavanaugh now.

We're tourists. If anyone asks,

I'm Charles Cavanaugh.

Dr Sefton is your sister.

My sister?

Of whom you are extremely fond in a

clean-cut, healthy, all-American way.

- Where's my sister been all my life?

- Dr Sefton is on loan from NASA.

Jarvis, get the trunk for me,

will you?

Since when did the office

start drafting civilians?

All you need to know

is that in the scheme of things,

she is much more valuable to us

than you are.

I take it you're as valuable as ever?


So if you two are being shot at,

which bullet do I take?

You must try for both, of course.

What's so important to draw you out

of your office and into the field?

Something unusual was reported

entering our atmosphere last night.

One of our Keyhole satellites

picked this up.

- You wanna give me a hint?

- See the little blur, top left?


The analysts speculate

that's where the UFO may have landed.

- That's all we have?

- We immediately sent in two agents.

Deitman and Truly.

They have not reported back and we

have not been able to contact them.

Peripheral reports?

The usual ground sightings.

Reports of a landing.

Then a local TV station sent

in a mobile unit to do a spot-cast.

And they reported

that indeed a UFO had landed.

An hour later they changed

their tune.

Claimed it was a hoax.

A fraud perpetrated by a couple of

farm boys who built this spaceship.

Nice sign.

- You go ahead. I'll catch up.

- OK.

Tell me, Mary,

what exactly do you do for NASA?

- My speciality's exobiology.

- Exobiology?

It's the study of what alien life

forms might be like.

You make a living at that?

Seems it'd be mostly guesswork.

We used to joke in school

that ours was the only science

without a subject matter.

So you people are with the office

of scientific intelligence.

Till two days ago

I hadn't heard of it.

You wouldn't have.

Our existence isn't public knowledge.

Eisenhower started O-SCI back in '59.

We're an offshoot of the CIA,

but the old man runs it

like his own private dictatorship.

- Pay for this, will you, Sam?

- Sure, Charles.

Three for the... flying saucer.

What do you hear, Sam?

No birds.

Right. No birds.

Care to see inside, sir?

Only a buck more.

That's a bargain.

Let's have a look, shall we?



Let's see... Three dollars.

There you go.

How much have you made so far?

About $320.

I'll go first.


Could you help me here?


Thank you.

Let's go, lady.

I'm trying to run a business here.

It doesn't look safe.

It is. We've been taking people

through all day.

She balked

at the Pirates of the Caribbean.

Come on.

Keep the money, guys.

We're running late.

Come on.

Come on.

Thanks, guys.

- Well, Charles?

- Wait a minute.

Couldn't see anything,

but there was definitely

something strange going on.

What about the burn marks?

The burn marks were real.

Something landed there,

but not that thing.

Why that thing?

Why the cover-up? Go on, Mary.

There was something odd

about those boys. And the men.

What, precisely?

I know this doesn't necessarily

qualify as scientific evidence,

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Ted Elliott

Ted Elliott (born July 4, 1961) is an American screenwriter. Along with his writing partner Terry Rossio, Elliott has written some of the most successful American films of the past 30 years, including Aladdin, Shrek and the Pirates of the Caribbean series. In 2004, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Writers Guild of America; his term on the board ended in 2006. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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