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Species (1995)

A group of scientists try to track down and trap a killer alien seductress before she successfully mates with a human.

Director:

Roger Donaldson

Writer:

Dennis Feldman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Kingsley ... Xavier Fitch
Michael Madsen ... Preston Lennox
Alfred Molina ... Dr. Stephen Arden
Forest Whitaker ... Dan Smithson
Marg Helgenberger ... Dr. Laura Baker
Natasha Henstridge ... Sil
Michelle Williams ... Young Sil
Jordan Lund ... Aide
Don Fischer ... Aide
Scott McKenna Scott McKenna ... Train Hobo
Virginia Morris ... Mother
Jayne Luke Jayne Luke ... Snack Shop Clerk
David K. Schroeder David K. Schroeder ... German Tourist
David Jensen David Jensen ... Conductor
Esther Scott ... Female Conductor
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Storyline

In 1993, a search for extraterrestrial life, a transmission's received, detailing an alien DNA structure, along with instructions on how to splice it with human DNA. The result is Sil, a sensual but deadly creature who can change from a beautiful woman to an armor-plated killing machine in the blink of an eye. Government agent Xavier Fitch assembles a team of scientists and mercenaries to locate and destroy Sil before she manages to find a mate and breed. Written by Amazon

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sci-fi violence, strong sexuality and some language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In scenes of Dan (Forest Whitaker) talking to his therapist, there is a sign on the wall in the background that at first glance is a typical "Thank You For Not Smoking" sign. On closer inspection the text actually reads "Thank You For Smoking". See more »

Goofs

Dressed in black, pushing a dummy out of the car that is speeding down the hill. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Xavier Fitch: I'm sorry.
Young Sil: [mouthing] I'm sorry.
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Connections

Referenced in Beer Money (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Take Me
Written and Performed by Michael Lattanzi
Performed by Michael Lattanzi (as Lattanzi) featuring Crystal Taliefero
Courtesy of Lable/Zi Records
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Kind of fun
9 January 2005 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Some scientists working for the government tamper with a DNA sequence they got from a message from outer space. The subject turns into a little girl with amazing superhuman powers. She escapes and turns into a beautiful woman (Natasha Herstridge) who wants to mate and produce others like her. A team led by a head scientist (Ben Kingsley!) try to track her down.

OK--it's kind of silly but this moves quickly and is well-done. There are many excellent, if gruesome, special effects and the SIL creature at the end is truly astounding. The script is good (considering) and it actually makes sense...if you don't think about it too much.

Acting varies--Kingsley is TERRIBLE in his role. Michael Madsen is pretty good as part of the team as are Marg Helgenberger and (especially) Forest Whitaker. Herstridge is certainly beautiful but can't act--but the role doesn't call for acting.

I'm giving it an 8. It's no classic but it moves quickly and I was never bored.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

7 July 1995 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,161,943, 9 July 1995

Gross USA:

$60,074,103

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$113,374,103
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2.39 : 1
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