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105 min | 112 min (director's cut)
Horror | Sci-Fi
IMDB rate:
3 wins & 6 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 1997-08-22
Filming Locations: Disused lower platform, Bay subway station, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Budget: $25,000,000
Opening Weekend: $7,818,208 (USA) (24 August 1997)
Gross: $25,454,187 (USA) (19 October 1997)
Mira Sorvino
Dr. Susan Tyler
Jeremy Northam
Dr. Peter Mann
Charles S. Dutton
Josh Brolin
Alix Koromzay
F. Murray Abraham
Dr. Gates
James Costa
Javon Barnwell
Norman Reedus
Pak-Kwong Ho
Glenn Bang
Yang (as Glen Bang)
Margaret Ma
Chinese Woman
Warna Fisher
Bag Lady
Alan Argue
Skeletal Bum
Charles Hayter
Homeless Man
Julian Richings
James Kidnie
Subway Repairman
Eve English
Homeless Woman
Bill Lasovich
Long John #1
Doug Jones
Long John #2
Roger Clown
Long John #3
Marian Caparrós
Bystander SWAT arrival (uncredited)
Thomas Lundy
Subway Passenger (uncredited)
Homeless (uncredited)
Rocco Salata
Swat Team Leader (uncredited)
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Guillermo del Toro:  [underground areas]  The subway system.
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Director Guillermo del Toro disowned the film after constant clashes with Bob Weinstein, who would frequently visit the set and make unreasonable demands about what should be shot, deviating away from the script. Since then del Toro has never worked with the Weinsteins.
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The scene where Mira Sorvino and Jeremy Northam walk in the hall with all the sick kids lying in their beds was actually directed by Ole Bornedal, one of the producers on the film.
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In an aerial stock shot at around 9:00 min running time of the Director's Cut, the PanAm Building is to be seen. It was re-branded MetLife Building in 1993, when in fact the film is set in 1997.
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Near the end when Dr. Peter Mann is running from the female Mimics, he does end up in the larva room and gets the idea using his lighter and the gas to neutralize the upcoming threat with fire. When his Lighter does not function anymore and he loses it in the water he gets the idea to use sparks created by the pickaxe, which worked quite easily. However whilst all the gas pipes where metal and you hear the sound of metal hitting metal, there happened to be no single spark while he hit a dozen holes in them.
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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.
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Dr. Gates: Can I eat it or will it eat me?
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Dr. Gates: Evolution has a way of keeping things alive.
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Peter Mann: Leonard, have you ever seen anything like this before?
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A Note Regarding Spoilers
The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.
How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Mimic can be found here.
What are the differences between the Theatrical Version and the Director's Cut?
In September 2009, del Toro announced that he was working on a Director's Cut. Due to other obligations on his part, it was just recently finished. Now, 14 years later, the Director's Cut can be bought exclusively on Blu-Ray. It also features an audio commentary, in which del Toro shares some interesting information about the Director's Cut. Guillermo del Toro probably really wanted to improve his movie, however, he did not succeed in doing so. The viewer does not gain any new insights in the story and the characters do not get more depth either. The extensions are only additions concerning the plot and there does not seem to be any reason why the director's cut was released as Unrated. Most likely, this just happend to spare the costs for another MPAA classification. However, interesting is that a rather unintentionally funny scene was removed from the theatrical version. The improvement in picture and sound quality is really significant. Through the use of color filters, the picture in the Director's Cut got a really threatening mood, especially in the underground scenes. A detailed comparison between both versions with pictures can be found here.
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