The Puppet Masters

The Puppet Masters

Director: Stuart Orme Cast: Donald Sutherland, Eric Thal, Julie Warner


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Robert A. Heinlein's 1951 novel The Puppet Masters comes to the screen 43 years later. Sharp-eyed viewers will recognize similarities to Invasion of the Body Snatchers, but Heinlein's book came first. Parasitic space aliens invade the Midwest, taking over the bodies of humans and manipulating these unfortunates to do their bidding. US security agent Donald Sutherland and his team of troubleshooters attempt to squash the extraterrestrial scheme before everyone in the world is turned into Howdy Doody. Adding an extra layer to this familiar scenario is the fact that Sutherland doesn't get along with everyone on his side-in particular, he has a lot of trouble relating with his son Eric Thal. Stuart Ormes' perfunctory direction is not up to the standard set by the actors and special effects.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/06/1995
UPC: 0786936362831
Original Release: 1994
Rating: R
Source: Walt Disney Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Donald Sutherland Andrew Nivens
Eric Thal Sam Nivens
Julie Warner Mary Sefton
Keith David Holland
Will Patton Graves
Richard Belzer Jarvis
Yaphet Kotto Ressler
Tom Mason President Douglas
Gerry Bamman Viscott
Sam Anderson Culbertson
Marshall Bell General Morgan
Nicholas Cascone Greenberg
Bruce Jarchow Barnes
Benjamin Mouton Higgins
David Pasquesi Vargas
Benji Thall Jeff
Donna Garrett Miss Haines
William Wellman Doctor
Elizabeth Sung Technician #1
Dinah Lenney Technician #2
Tom Dugan Operator #1
John C. Cooke Lt. Abbey
Fabio Urena Infantryman
Michael Shamus Wiles Captain Earley
Todd Bryant Soldier
Don James Soldier
J.Marvin Campbell Soldier
K.T. Vogt Slugged Woman
Dale Harimoto Anchorwoman
Eric Briant Wells Vince Hayward
Andrew Robinson Hawthorne
Dale Dye Brande

Technical Credits
Stuart Orme Director
Tom Bronson Costumes/Costume Designer
Ted Elliott Screenwriter
William C. Goldenberg Editor
David S. Goyer Screenwriter
Daniel Lomino Production Designer
Terry Rossio Screenwriter
Clive Tickner Cinematographer
Colin Towns Score Composer

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The Puppet Masters 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good solid sci-fi thriller. It does have a B-movie flavor to it however. Everything from the story to actors is just okay. The first remake of Invasion Of The Body Snatchers is a superior movie. At $10.00 it's worth adding to your collection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago