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  • PG
  • Action, Comedy
  • 1997
  • 95 mins

Men In Black

Men In Black

Synopsis

Sci-fi comedy that combines the talents of Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and director Barry Sonnenfeld to hilarious, endearing effect. A huge hit

About

Having conquered the 1996 summer box-office with Independence Day, Will Smith repeated the trick the following year, this time by teaming up with Tommy Lee Jones and director Barry Sonnenfeld for this daftly enjoyable action movie about secret agents who keep the earth's alien population under control.

This sees them having to track down an intergalactic cockroach terrorist (D'Onofrio) who has assumed human form. Cue special-effects field day, culminating in the inevitably destructive, pyrotechnic finale at a New York science park.

The real revelation here is Jones, who displays previously untapped comic abilities, while a string of silly setpieces (check out the alien birth, for example) keep this chugging amiably along to the elaborate man-vs-alien showdown. Not only that, but Jones in tandem with Smith makes for a great comic partnership.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Vincent D'Onofrio, Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino, Tony Shalhoub, Rip Torn
  • Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
  • Writer: Ed Solomon
  • Producer: Walter F Parkes, Laurie MacDonald
  • Photographer: Don Peterman
  • Composer: Danny Elfman

In a nutshell



It's flawed - for one thing, this is one of the few movies you could accuse of being too short (95 minutes).

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