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Mimic (1997)

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Three years ago, entomologist Dr. Susan Tyler genetically created an insect to kill cockroaches carrying a virulent disease. Now, the insects are out to destroy their only predator, mankind.

Director:

Guillermo del Toro

Writers:

Donald A. Wollheim (short story "Mimic"), Matthew Robbins (screen story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mira Sorvino ... Dr. Susan Tyler
Jeremy Northam ... Dr. Peter Mann
Alexander Goodwin ... Chuy
Giancarlo Giannini ... Manny
Charles S. Dutton ... Leonard
Josh Brolin ... Josh
Alix Koromzay ... Remy
F. Murray Abraham ... Dr. Gates
James Costa James Costa ... Ricky
Javon Barnwell Javon Barnwell ... Davis
Norman Reedus ... Jeremy
Pak-Kwong Ho ... Preacher
Glenn Bang ... Yang (as Glen Bang)
Margaret Ma Margaret Ma ... Chinese Woman
Warna Fisher Warna Fisher ... Bag Lady
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Storyline

A disease carried by common cockroaches is killing Manhattan children. In an effort to stop the epidemic an entomologist, Susan Tyler, creates a mutant breed of insect that secretes a fluid to kill the roaches. This mutant breed was engineered to die after one generation, but three years later Susan finds out that the species has survived and evolved into a large, gruesome monster that can mimic human form. Written by Steven Dretzke <stevend@unicomp.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Evolution has a way of keeping things alive. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for terror/violence and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
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Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

22 August 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Judus See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,818,208, 24 August 1997

Gross USA:

$25,480,490
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Dimension Films, Miramax See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

It includes several examples of del Toro's most characteristic hallmarks. "I have a sort of a fetish for insects, clockwork, monsters, dark places, and unborn things," said del Toro, and this is evident in Mimic, where at times all are combined in long, brooding shots of dark, cluttered, muddy chaotic spaces. According to Alfonso Cuarón, del Toro's friend and colleague, "with Guillermo the shots are almost mathematical -- everything is planned." See more »

Goofs

Near the end when Dr. Peter Mann is running from the female Mimics, he does end up in the larva room and gets the idea using his lighter and the gas to neutralize the upcoming threat with fire. When his Lighter does not function anymore and he loses it in the water he gets the idea to use sparks created by the pickaxe, which worked quite easily. However whilst all the gas pipes where metal and you hear the sound of metal hitting metal, there happened to be no single spark while he hit a dozen holes in them. See more »

Quotes

Susan Tyler: Sometimes an insect will evolve to mimic its predator. A fly can look like a spider, a caterpillar can look like a snake. The Judas evolved to mimic its predator... us.
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Alternate Versions

Guillermo del Toro released a director's cut in 2011. It runs for 112 minutes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Digging Up the Marrow (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Wake Up This Morning
By Jim Latham
Performed by Doug MacLeod
Courtesy by Mar-Time Music
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User Reviews

 
Superb, atmospheric, visually brilliant film
25 July 2002 | by drdancm-2See all my reviews

If you look at the review comments on this film you generally get either very negative or very positive comments. In other words the reviewers fall into two different camps. Those who don't like Mimic and dismiss it often compare it to Aliens. Some of these people complain about the plot and acting in negative ways. Those who like this movie, talk about the wonderful visuals, the brooding atmosphere, the superb artwork. If you pay attention to the art in film you will like this movie. Mimic succeeds in capturing the feeling and atmosphere of really good sf books which is rarely translate with much success to movies.

Unlike most horror/sci-fi flicks Mimic has an intelligent protagonist, a woman scientist, who uses her head, and displays more courage and good sense than any of the men in the movie. Sure there are some silly gimmicks in Mimic, but overall the plot is far more logical than virtually every so called science fiction movie made in Hollywood. In any case the music, sounds, effect, the sets and the insects are superbly done. I give it 10 out of 10 for its genre.


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