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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 »
3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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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:

A Bold Experiment. A Deadly Mistake! [DVD cover] See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

16 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

4 September 1997 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Mimikrija See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,818,208, 24 August 1997, Wide Release

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

Part of Guillermo del Toro's unhappiness with the theatrical version of the movie came from the fact that it contained a lot of shots filmed by the second unit crew, which he found inconsistent with his use of colors and camera set-up. He re-edited the film into a Director's cut that was more closely to his original vision, stating that if viewers are still unhappy with this version, then at least he is entirely to blame. See more »

Goofs

When Susan goes into the abandoned subway office looking for Manny, she calls out "Chuy?" and not "Manny?" Chuy is hiding in the office, but at that point in the film she doesn't know it yet; she has no reason to expect to encounter Chuy and no reason to call his name. In fact, as far as we know, she shouldn't even know his name. 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

References Alien (1979) 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

 
One of the Best SF/Horror Hybrids of the 90s
7 November 2002 | by Space_MafuneSee all my reviews

With a continuous build-up of suspense and terror, watching this film you never really know whether or not any of the leading protagonists will make it out alive. The science fiction story line is almost convincing enough to make parts of the plot seem possible. F. Murray Abraham has an outstanding guest role and gets to deliver the best lines in the film. Despite criticism directed towards her, I felt Mira Sorvino was also quite good and believable in her role. The direction of Guillermo Del Toro is tight and well-paced. The only real criticism I have is there are a few too many convenient chance meetings and a few too many instances of people being in the right (or wrong) place at the right time. Also I felt the movie was just a little too quick in unveiling its mystery.


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