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The Puppet Masters

"Trust No One"

R 1994-10-21 Horror 1hr 49m

The Earth is invaded by alien parasites—AKA 'slugs'—that ride on people's backs and control their minds.

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The Earth is invaded by alien parasites—AKA 'slugs'—that ride on people's backs and control their minds.

  • Released
    1994-10-21
  • Revenue
    $8,600,000
  • Budget
    $15,000,000
  • Runtime
    1hr 49m
  • Genre
    Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • Status
    Released
  • Language
    English
  • imdb-logo
    5.9
  • Production
    Hollywood Pictures

Crew

Stuart Orme
Director
Ted Elliott
Screenplay
Ralph Winter
Producer

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Cast

Donald Sutherland

Donald Sutherland

Andrew Nivens
Eric Thal

Eric Thal

Sam Nivens
Julie Warner

Julie Warner

Mary Sefton
Keith David

Keith David

Alex Holland
Will Patton

Will Patton

Dr. Lawrence Graves
Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Neil Jarvis
Tom Mason

Tom Mason

President Douglas
Sam Anderson

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Marshall Bell

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General Morgan
Donna Garrett

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Bill Blair

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Slugged Businessman (uncredited)

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A Review by Geronimo1967 5

Written by Geronimo1967 on 2022-04-24

Donald Sutherland has done some dross in his time, but usually only as a guest star. Here he commits himself to the whole thing and I wonder... read more

Donald Sutherland has done some dross in his time, but usually only as a guest star. Here he commits himself to the whole thing and I wonder if now, he regrets it. The mind-numbingly daft plot involves alien creatures that resemble flounders with a proboscis, that ride around on the backs of people, whilst controlling what passes for their minds. "Nivens" (DS) is determined to capture one of these beasties and get it back to the lab for examination. It has all the production values of a solid television movie and hasn't an original bone in it's body. It is a sort of "Alien" meets "Doctor Who" themed enterprise that recycles the rather flawed plot far too often, with little sense of jeopardy and the most obvious solution to the extra-terrestrial invasion plan - just don't wear a shirt with an opaque back! It ends pretty much as expected, with a mediocre supporting cast and some unremarkable dialogue to support the flying jelly special effects. Nothing special, this film.

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A Review by CinemaSerf

Donald Sutherland has done some dross in his time, but usually only as a guest star. Here he commits himself to the whole thing and I wonder if now, he regrets it. The mind-numbingly daft plot involves alien creatures that resemble flounder...

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A Review by Geronimo1967 5

Written by Geronimo1967 on 2022-04-24

Donald Sutherland has done some dross in his time, but usually only as a guest star. Here he commits himself to the whole thing and I wonder if now, he regrets it. The mind-numbingly daft plot involve...

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