1956 **** 80 mins.
This brisk little suspense film, based on a novel by Jack Finney, is intriguing and entertaining from beginning to end. Honestly, the only real drawback to the film is the prologue and epilogue, which were obviously studio-imposed. Director Don Siegel's version of the film simply began with our hero, Dr. Miles Bennell (Kevin McCarthy) returning home, the story slowly unfolding to reveal people believing their loved ones aren't what they seem. The prologue lets the viewer know, right from the start, that something's amiss. Siegel's intentions were also for the ending to be far more shocking, less wrapped-with-a-bow than the tacked-on epilogue adds. If not for the tacky, studio-imposed additions, the film could have, quite possibly, obtained five stars. The story is well-known and legendary, but nothing could take away from the experience of Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 2.00:1 (SuperScope)
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