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The Body Stealers (1969)

Country of Origin: UK
Year of Production: 1969
Running Times: 91m
Length: 8150 ft
Format: 35mm
Colour Format: colour
Ratio:
Sound: mono


DIRECTION

Directed by: Gerry Levy


CREW

PRODUCTION
Copyright: © Tigon British Film Productions Ltd  MCMLXIX [1969]
Production Company: Tony Tenser presents (opening credits)  Filmed entirely in location and at Shepperton Studios by Tigon British Film Productions Limited
Produced by: Tony Tenser
Production Manager: John Workman

SCRIPT
Story and Script: Mike St. Clair
Revised Screenplay: Peter Marcus

DIRECTION
1st Assistant Director: Pat Morton
Continuity: Iris Karney

PHOTOGRAPHY
Photography by: John Coquillon
Camera Operator: Peter Hendry
Focus: Tony Breeze
Chief Electrician: Archie Dansie

EDITING AND POST-PRODUCTION
Editor: Howard Lanning
Assistant Editor: Marion Curren
Processed at Rank Laboratories, Denham, England

MUSIC
Music Composed and Conducted by: Reg Tilsley

SOUND
Sound Mixer: Bob Peck
Dubbing Mixer: Hugh Strain
Westrex Recording System

COSTUMES AND MAKE-UP
Make-up: Bunty Phillips, Roy Ashton
Hairdressers: Olga Angelinetta, Carol Beckett

DESIGN AND SET CONSTRUCTION
Art Director: Wilfred Arnold

LOCATIONS
Filmed entirely in location and at Shepperton Studios


CAST

George Sanders (General Armstrong)

and
Maurice Evans (Dr Matthews)

starring
Patrick Allen (Bob Megan)

and
Hilary Dwyer (Julie Slade)

introducing
Lorna Wilde (Lorna)

featuring
Allan Cuthbertson (Hindsmith)
Carl Rigg (Briggs)
Sally Faulkner (Joanna)
Michael Culver (Lieutenant Bailes)
Shelagh Fraser (Mrs Thatcher)

with guest stars
Neil Connery (Jim Radford)
Robert Flemyng (W.C. Baldwin)

Carolanne Hawkings (Paula)
Michael Graham, Brian Harrison (pilots)
Dixon Adams (David)
Derek Pollitt (Davies)
Max Latimer (guard sergeant)
Ralph Carrigan (M.P.)
Johnny Wilde (orderly)
Dennis Chinnery (1st control officer)
Michael Warren (Harry)
Steve Kirby (driver)
Leslie Schofield (gate guard)
Clifford Earl (sgt. in lab)
Larry Dan (jeep driver)
Arnold Peters (Mr Smith)
Michael Goldie (despatch driver)
Wanda Moore (secretary)


PLOT SUMMARY

When a paratrooper disappear in mid-air during a parachute jump, a pair of investigators are sent in to find out what's going on. They stumble upon a plan by alien invaders to take over the Earth by stealing the bodies of humans.


AVAILABILITY

Canada
Theatrical Distributors: Cinépix Film Properties Inc

USA
Theatrical Distributors: Allied Artists Pictures Corporation


CENSORSHIP HISTORY

Norway
Rating: 15

UK
Rating: A

USA
Rating: R


TIMELINE

1969
April

Day Unknown: USA - theatrical release

1988
September

Day Unknown: UK - television broadcast (on ITV)

1994
September

Day Unknown: UK - television broadcast (on TNT)


POSTER TAGS

Can the Earth survive against the aliens from outer space?


ALTERNATIVE TITLES

Alien Invasion - West German title
Galaxy horror anno 2001 - Italian title
Invasion der Aliens - Austrian title
Invasion of the Body Stealers - Canadian title
Loch im Himmel, Das - West German title
Out of Thin Air
Thin Air
- US title


LINKS

SEE ALSO
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)


REFERENCES

PERIODICALS

Films and Filming vol.16 no.1 (October 1969) p.54 (UK)
credits, review (by David Austen)

Hollywood Reporter vol.203 no.47 (13 December 1968) p.17 (USA)
credits

Hollywood Reporter vol.206 no.10 (23 May 1969) p.21 (USA)
credits

Kine Weekly no.3219 (21 June 1969) pp.12, 14 (UK)
review

Monthly Film Bulletin vol.36 no.427 (August 1969) p.170 (UK)
credits, review

Today's Cinema no.9684 (13 June 1969) p.9 (UK)
review


KEYWORDS

alien abductions, aliens, military, paratroopers, skydiving

 


Last Updated: 14 February, 2010

 


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