Invasion of the Body Snatchers | Chicago Reader

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

This genuine SF classic (1956) says a good deal more about the McCarthyist hysteria of the early 50s than about the danger of invasion from outer space by soul-stealing "pods." Don Siegel's superb little effort, with its matter-of-fact isolation of hero Kevin McCarthy (ironic, no?) from the smarmy complacency of a small town gone to hell—and way beyond—points the way to his gripping action films of the 60s and 70s (Madigan, Coogan's Bluff, Dirty Harry).

Credits

Director:

  • Don Siegel

Cast:

  • Kevin McCarthy
  • Dana Wynter
  • Carolyn Jones
  • Larry Cates
  • King Donovan
  • Jean Willes
  • Ralph Dumke
  • Virginia Christine
  • Tom Fadden
  • Kenneth Patterson
  • Guy Way
  • Pat O'Malley
  • Whit Bissell

Producer:

  • Walter Wanger

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