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Men in Black (1997)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 2 July 1997 (USA)
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A police officer joins a secret organization that polices and monitors extraterrestrial interactions on Earth.

Director:

Barry Sonnenfeld

Writers:

Lowell Cunningham (comic), Ed Solomon (screen story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Lee Jones ... Kay
Will Smith ... Jay
Linda Fiorentino ... Laurel
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Edgar
Rip Torn ... Zed
Tony Shalhoub ... Jeebs
Siobhan Fallon Hogan ... Beatrice (as Siobhan Fallon)
Mike Nussbaum ... Gentle Rosenburg
Jon Gries ... Van Driver
Sergio Calderón ... Jose
Carel Struycken ... Arquillian
Fredric Lehne ... INS Agent Janus (as Fredric Lane)
Richard Hamilton ... Dee
Kent Faulcon ... 1st Lt. Jake Jensen
John Alexander ... Mikey
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Storyline

Based off of the comic book. Unbeknownst to other people, there is a private agency code named MiB. This agency is some kind of extra terrestrial surveillance corporation. Then, one of the agency's finest men only going by the name "K" (Tommy Lee Jones) , is recruiting for a new addition to the agency. He has chosen James Edwards (Will Smith) of the N.Y.P.D. Then, one day, a flying saucer crashes into Earth. This was an alien a part of the "Bug" race. He takes the body of a farmer (Vincent D'Onofrio) and heads to New York. He is searching for a super energy source called "The Galaxy". Now, Agents J and K must stop the bug before it can escape with the galaxy. Written by John Wiggins

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Men in Black - Protecting the Earth from the scum of the Universe. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and sci-fi violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Sony Pictures

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

2 July 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

MIB See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$51,068,455, 6 July 1997

Gross USA:

$250,690,539

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$589,390,539
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DTS | SDDS (8 channels)| Dolby | Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Kay is in the restaurant with James, the scene starts with Kay telling the punchline of a joke that's likely a variation of the following: A farmer went to town with his pet rooster to see a movie. Animals weren't allowed in the theater, so he put the rooster in his overalls' front pocket and smuggled it with him into the crowded theater. When the lights were dimmed, he let the bird peek out so it could see. The woman sitting next to him noticed, and she nudged her husband. "This man's a pervert, he's got his thing out." Her husband replied, "So? It's nothing you haven't seen before." To which his wife said, "But honey, this one's eating my popcorn!" The punchline (and likely a version of the setup) is the same as that delivered by the comedian in the early scene in the burlesque house in "The Sting" (1973). See more »

Goofs

When the alien craft crashes, there is a shot of smoke rising, and off to the right side of the scene, men can be seen walking down the hill. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Nick the Van Driver: Goddamn bugs!
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Crazy Credits

When Will Smiths character becomes an agent he is given locker J and his new entry id is only the letter J, giving the impression that agents names become letters. Yet in the credits Will Smiths character is identified at Jay not J. Two other characters have their letter spelled out instead of a single letter. D is called Dee, and K is called Kay. See more »

Alternate Versions

The version that is seen on 7mate in Australia is completely uncut and PG. Some Blu-Rays rule the film PG. There is including something interesting that the GO! version when they still owned it to play on mainstream Australian television is rated M for "some violence" See more »

Connections

Spoofs Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977) See more »

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Men In Black
Produced by Track Masters
Co-produced by Will Smith
Written by Will Smith, Patrice Rushen, Freddie Washington and Terri McFadden
Performed by Will Smith featuring Cheryl Gamble (as Coko)
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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Alias Smith & Jones
11 April 2003 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

MEN IN BLACK (1997) ***1/2 Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino, Vincent D'Onofrio, Rip Torn, Tony Shalhoub, Siobahn Fallon. Giddily hilarious sci-fi comedy: think a 90s "Ghostbusters" meets the "X-Files": hard-as-nails, deadpan Jones (a great master straight man) is one of many secret agents of MIB (Men In Black) recruiting steetsmart, mouthy Smith (a great wiseass) to team up and stop an intergalactic alien bug (in rotting human form D'Onofrio who gives a brilliant, funny turn) from wiping out the Earth and all mankind. Incredible out there special effects from ILM and ingenious aliens from self-professed "Monster Maker" makeup guru Rick Baker. Hip, clever dialogue and fine chemistry from the odd couple gives this comic book adaptation of Lowell Cunningham a glossy work over including Bo Welch's inventive production design and Danny Elfman's atmospheric score. Fluid direction by Barry Sonnefield.


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