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The Fly (1986)

A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong.

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Storyline

Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum), a brilliant but eccentric scientist attempts to woo investigative journalist Veronica Quaife (Geena Davis) by offering her a scoop on his latest research in the field of matter transportation, which against all the expectations of the scientific establishment have proved successful. Up to a point. Brundle thinks he has ironed out the last problem when he successfully transports a living creature, but when he attempts to teleport himself a fly enters one of the transmission booths, and Brundle finds he is a changed man. This Science-Gone-Mad film is the source of the quotable quote "Be afraid. Be very afraid." Written by Mark Thompson <mrt@oasis.icl.co.uk>

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Half man. Half insect. Total terror. See more »

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Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

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15 August 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,007,423, 17 August 1986, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$40,456,565

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,172,594
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Trivia

The film was later parodied in the ITV sketch comedy show Hale and Pace (1988). Norman Pace is seen going into one telepod and is teleported into the other, and he comes out as a zipper. The word "fly" is slang for the zipper on a pair of pants. See more »

Goofs

When Veronica returns home to her apartment to unexpectedly find Stathis in her shower, and the camera begins to track and follow her down the hallway to the bathroom, the camera equipment and crew are reflected in the glass panes of the French doors. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Seth Brundle: What am I working on? Uhh... I'm working on something that will change the world, and human life as we know it.
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Referenced in Mr. Belvedere: The Wedding (1987) See more »

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Help Me
Performed by Bryan Ferry
Written by Nile Rodgers, Bryan Ferry
Nile Rodgers and Bryan Ferry appear through the courtesy by Warner Bro. Records
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Successful transition of Cronenberg's brand of 'body horror' to the mainstream...
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Why is it this film that will always be his REAL 'breakout', and not any of the others before or since? The truth is, beneath all the biological yucks and makeup (there is plenty of both) lies a strong emotional core. Goldblum is enthusiastically likable as scientist Seth Brundle, and Geena Davis is just how Geena Davis seems to be in real life... sweet. It is how the events change both characters EMOTIONALLY, not physically, that inspires the true horror.

The blending of both the above elements makes this remake appeal simultaneously to the 'gross out' crowd, and those in the mood for a more cerebral horror experience. A concept of B-movie stature, electrified by the skills of A-list talent.


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