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The Body Stealers (1969)

A British military paratrooper disappears in mid-air during a jump from an army plane. Two investigators, Patrick Allen and Neil Connery, try to unravel how this happened. What they uncover... See full summary »

Director:

Gerry Levy

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Michael St. Clair (story) (as Mike St. Clair), Michael St. Clair (script) (as Mike St. Clair) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Sanders ... General Armstrong
Maurice Evans ... Dr. Matthews
Patrick Allen ... Bob Megan
Neil Connery ... Jim Radford
Robert Flemyng ... Wing Commander Baldwin
Pamela Conway Pamela Conway ... Lorna (as Lorna Wilde)
Allan Cuthbertson ... Hindesmith
Michael Culver ... Lt. Bailes
Sally Faulkner Sally Faulkner ... Joanna
Shelagh Fraser ... Mrs. Thatcher
Carl Rigg ... Pilot Officer Briggs
Carol Hawkins Carol Hawkins ... Paula (as Carolanne Hawkings)
Michael Graham ... Pilot
Brian Harrison Brian Harrison ... Pilot
Dixon Adams Dixon Adams ... David
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Storyline

A British military paratrooper disappears in mid-air during a jump from an army plane. Two investigators, Patrick Allen and Neil Connery, try to unravel how this happened. What they uncover is an alien plot to steal the bodies of earthlings by snatching them out of the air. Written by Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

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Can the Earth survive against the aliens from outer space?

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Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1969 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Loch im Himmel See more »

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Sagittarius Productions See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When the aliens' spaceship appears, the model used is the same one from Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (1966), but repainted in a lighter shade. See more »

Goofs

When Bob Megan undertakes his aerial jump, it's clearly only actor Patrick Allen in close-up shots. See more »

Alternate Versions

The film was originally passed uncut as an 'X' for cinema by the BBFC before poor sales led to the film being recalled and re-cut for an 'A' certificate. The cuts included edits to Lorna's swimming scene to remove nudity and a shortening of the love scene between Lorna and Bob. The version issued by Anchor Bay in the Tigon Collection box set is the edited print. See more »

Connections

References Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) See more »

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Dreadful slice of science fiction.
31 December 2003 | by barnabyrudgeSee all my reviews

The Body Stealers (a.k.a Thin Air) is truly one of the most dreadful movies you'll ever have the misfortune to see. Simply because there are some notable names on the cast list, you mustn't think that it is remotely good. Everyone in this movie must have needed some fast cash to clear their debts. How else can you explain such a strong cast being lured into such an obvious bomb? OK, that's a bit cynical - nobody actually sets out to make a bad film - but whatever the original intentions were, the resulting film is an utter loss.

It's a science fiction story in which the military investigates several cases of parachutists vanishing in mid-air. For the first ten minutes, the peculiar mystery promises to build up to an intriguing resolution, but the promise rapidly evaporates as it becomes apparent that the answers are going to be childish rather than ingenious.

This is hilariously bad, to such an extent that it makes even the worst episode of Doctor Who look like it had high production values! You'd have to be a disturbed eight year old to figure out what the hell is going on as the solution draws close. Still, why worry about it when clearly the actors involved don't look interested either? One interesting thing about the film is the inclusion of Neil Connery (Sean's brother) in a significant role... believe me when I say this guy is no actor!


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