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Encyclopedia > Men in Black (movie)
Men in Black
Film poster
Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld
Written by based on the comic books of Lowell Cunningham
Starring Tommy Lee Jones
Will Smith
Linda Fiorentino
Vincent D'Onofrio
Produced by Steven Spielberg (executive)
Laurie MacDonald
Walter F. Parkes
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date 1997
Runtime 98 min
Language English
Budget $90,000,000
IMDb page

Men in Black is a 1997 science fiction comedy action film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith and Vincent D'Onofrio. The film was based on the Men in Black comic books of Lowell Cunningham and featuring the creature animation of Rick Baker. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (517x755, 81 KB)Men in Black Poster This is a copyrighted poster. ... Barry Sonnenfeld (born April 1, 1953) worked as cinematographer for the Coen Brothers, then later he directed and produced big budget films such as Men in Black. ... Lowell Cunningham was the creator and writer of the comic book series the Men in Black. ... Tommy Lee Jones (born September 15, 1946) is an American actor and director from San Saba, Texas. ... Will Smith For the geologist who invented fossil correlation, see William Smith. ... The actress Linda Fiorentino (born March 9, 1960) is notable for her roles in films such as The Last Seduction, Dogma and Men in Black. ... Vincent Phillip DOnofrio (born June 30, 1959 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American character actor and producer. ... Steven Spielberg Steven Allan Spielberg KBE (born on December 18, 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio but raised in the suburbs of Haddonfield, New Jersey and Scottsdale, Arizona), is an American film director whose films range from science fiction to historical drama to horror. ... Other films include (as producer unless otherwise noted) The Ring Two (2005) Lemony Snickets A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004) The Terminal (2004) Catch Me If You Can (2002) The Ring (2002) The Tuxedo (2002) Road to Perdition (2002) Men in Black II (2002) Minority Report (2002) The Time... Columbia Pictures logo, used only from 1981-1993 Columbia Pictures, now Columbia TriStar Pictures after their merger with the former TriStar Entertainment in 1998, is a film production company, and part of Sony Pictures Entertainment. ... 1997 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1997 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Comedy is the use of humour in the performing arts. ... Action movies usually involve a fairly straightforward story of good guys versus bad guys, where most disputes are resolved by using physical force. ... Barry Sonnenfeld (born April 1, 1953) worked as cinematographer for the Coen Brothers, then later he directed and produced big budget films such as Men in Black. ... Tommy Lee Jones (born September 15, 1946) is an American actor and director from San Saba, Texas. ... Will Smith For the geologist who invented fossil correlation, see William Smith. ... Vincent Phillip DOnofrio (born June 30, 1959 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American character actor and producer. ... The comic book The Men in Black was created and written by Lowell Cunningham. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... Lowell Cunningham was the creator and writer of the comic book series the Men in Black. ... Richard A. Rick Baker (born December 8, 1950 in Binghamton, New York, USA) is a Hollywood special makeup effects artist known for his realistic creature effects. ...

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Plot details

A secretive agency, originally part of the government but now apparently a private organization ("the government asks too many questions", explains Agent K), allows aliens onto the planet and monitors them while here. The movie follows an NYPD officer (Will Smith) as he becomes a part of MiB, and his first major mission. Tommy Lee Jones plays 'K', a senior MiB agent who guides 'J' (the code-name assigned to Smith) as he learns the ropes. Aliens are foreigners to their surroundings. ... The New York City Police Department (NYPD) , the largest police department in the United States, has primary responsibility for law enforcement and investigation within the five boroughs of New York City. ...


Representatives of this agency wear sunglasses and dark suits, and appear at UFO landing sites, similar to reported Men In Black. Instead of intimidating or threatening witnesses, the MiB use devices known as Neuralyzers to wipe their memories and suggest more mundane causes to the encounter (or anything else the agents think of). Neuralyzers are typically the size and shape of an oversized pen (although a giant version is seen in the second movie hidden in the Statue of Liberty's torch), and can be set to erase memories as far back as several years. Neuralizers are also used on agents who leave the organization for any reason. The MiB's sunglasses protect them from the effects of the Neuralyzer. A UFO -- posed or genuine? A UFO or unidentified flying object in the original, literal sense is any airborne object or optical phenomenon, detected visually or by radar, whose nature is not readily known. ... In UFO conspiracy theories, the term Men in Black (MIBs) are alleged to be men dressed in black suits claiming to be government agents, who attempt to harass or threaten UFO witnesses into silence. ... The Statue of Liberty Liberty Enlightening the World, commonly known as the Statue of Liberty, is a statue, given to the U.S. by France in the late 19th century, that stands at the mouth of the Hudson River in New York Harbor as a welcome to all: returning Americans...


A Bug (an alien species, similar in many ways to a very large cockroach) is trying to steal a tiny galaxy from another alien—whose government is willing to have the earth destroyed rather than let this galaxy fall into the hands of the Bugs. Eventually, the Galaxy is recovered, and K asks J to erase his memory so that he can retire. Families Blaberidae Blattellidae Blattidae Cryptocercidae Polyphagidae A cockroach is an insect of the order Blattodea (or Blattaria). ... This article is about a celestial body. ...


Cast and roles include

  • Tommy Lee Jones - MiB agent K
  • Will Smith - James Edwards/ MiB agent J
  • Linda Fiorentino - Dr. Laurel Weaver/ MiB agent L
  • Vincent D'Onofrio - Edgar
  • Rip Torn - MiB chief Z
  • Tony Shalhoub - Jack Jeebs
  • Siobhan Fallon - Beatrice, Edgar's wife
  • Mike Nussbaum - Gentle Rosenburg, Arquillian jeweler
  • Jon Gries - Nick, van driver
  • Sergio Calderón - Jose
  • Carel Struycken - Arquillian
  • Fredric Lehne - INS agent Janus
  • Richard Hamilton - MiB agent D, K's first partner
  • Kent Faulcon - 2nd Lt. Jake Jensen
  • John Alexander - Mikey
  • Keith Campbell - Perp
  • Ken Thorley - Zap-Em exterminator
  • Patrick Breen - Reggie Redgick
  • Becky Ann Baker - Mrs. Redgick
  • Sean Whalen - passport officer
  • Harsh Nayyar - Manny, news vendor
  • Michael Willis - cop in morgue
  • Willie C. Carpenter - police inspector
  • Peter Linari - tow truck driver
  • David Cross - Newton, morgue attendant
  • Charles C. Stevenson Jr. - MiB agent B
  • Boris Leskin - cook
  • Steve Rankin - INS agent
  • Andy Prosky - INS agent
  • Michael Goldfinger - NYPD sergeant at Edwards' interrogation
  • Alpheus Merchant - security guard
  • Bernard Gilkey - baseball player
  • Sean Plummer - first contact alien
  • Michael Kaliski - first contact alien
  • Richard Arthur - 2nd first contact alien
  • Debbie Lee Carrington - alien father
  • Verne Troyer - alien son
  • Mykal Wayne Williams - scared guy
  • Tim Blaney - Frank the pug (voice)
  • Mark Setrakian - Rosenberg alien (voice)
  • Brad Abrell - worm guy (voice)
  • Thom Fountain - worm guy (voice)
  • Carl J. Johnson - worm guy (voice)
  • Drew Massey - worm guy (voice)
  • John Darrah - army officer (uncredited)
  • Karen Lynn Gorney - announcer (uncredited)
  • Patricia McPherson - K's wife (uncredited)
  • Stephanie Paliferro - INS agent (uncredited)
  • Joe Paparone - police inspector (uncredited)

Tommy Lee Jones (born September 15, 1946) is an American actor and director from San Saba, Texas. ... Will Smith For the geologist who invented fossil correlation, see William Smith. ... The actress Linda Fiorentino (born March 9, 1960) is notable for her roles in films such as The Last Seduction, Dogma and Men in Black. ... Vincent Phillip DOnofrio (born June 30, 1959 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American character actor and producer. ... Rip Torn (born February 6, 1931), born Elmore Rual Torn, is an American film actor. ... Tony Shalhoub stars as Adrian Monk on USA Networks Monk. ... Siobhan Fallon (born May 13, 1961) is an American actress. ... Jon Gries is an actor, writer and director. ... Carel Struycken (born July 30, 1948 in The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands) is a character actor in film, television, and stage. ... Richard Hamilton can refer to one of several people: Richard Hamilton, a British painter and collage artist; Richard Hamilton, a basketball player with the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association; and Richard S. Hamilton, Professor of Mathematics at Columbia University. ... John Alexander was an Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross. ... Becky Ann Baker (born February 17, 1953, is an American television, film, and theater actress. ... Cross portraying Tobias Fünke in the American T.V. show Arrested Development. ... Verne Troyer (born January 1, 1969 in Sturgis, Michigan) is an American actor and stunt man who has appeared in several movies, mostly in non-speaking roles. ... Country of origin China Classification and breed standards The Pug is a small but robust toy dog breed with a compressed, wrinkly face. ... Carl J. Johnson (July 2, 1929 - December 29, 1988) Physician and Colonel in the US Army who opposed Nuclear testing // Marriage He married Katherine Van Deusen (1923- ). Katherine was the daughter of Emmett Peter Van Deusen I (1878-1965) and Margaret McKenzie Barton (1885-1963). ... Drew Massey is a puppeteer for Jim Henson Co. ... Karen Lynn Gorney (born January 28, 1945) is an American actress, best known for her roles on television and film. ... Patricia McPherson (b. ...

Music

Daniel Robert Danny Elfman (born May 29, 1953, in Amarillo, Texas) is a pop musician, composer and writer of film soundtracks. ... The song Men in Black was recorded by rapper and actor Will Smith for the movie Men in Black, in which he also starred. ...

Miscellaneous

As a play on this shadowy anonymity, movie posters identified the two principal actors simply as "Mr. Jones" and "Mr. Smith", two extremely common surnames in English-speaking countries.


At one point, K shows J a screen following several "identified aliens". They include:

At the end of the movie J tells L that Dennis Rodman is also an alien. Albert Lincoln Roker (born August 20, 1954) is an American television broadcaster, best known as the weatherman for NBCs Today show. ... Steven Spielberg Steven Allan Spielberg KBE (born on December 18, 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio but raised in the suburbs of Haddonfield, New Jersey and Scottsdale, Arizona), is an American film director whose films range from science fiction to historical drama to horror. ... Sylvester Stallone Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone (born July 6, 1946 in New York City), usually known as Sylvester Stallone, is an American film actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. ... Dennis Keith Rodman (born May 13, 1961 in Trenton, New Jersey) was a professional basketball player mostly known for his controversial antics on and off the court and as a top defender and rebounder. ...


Filming locations include

The front of the Guggenheim Museum from 5th Avenue This article refers to the Guggenheim Museum in the upper east side of Manhattan (New York). ... Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the United States, and is at the center of international finance, politics, communications, music, fashion, and culture. ... Unisphere is a 12-story high, spherical stainless steel representation of the Earth. ... Flushing Meadows Park is located in northern Queens, New York at the intersection of the Long Island Expressway and the Grand Central Parkway. ... Queens County in New York State Queens, the most ethnically diverse county in the United States, is geographically the largest of the five boroughs of New York City. ...

Sequels

An animated television series followed, based closely on the style of the movie. Men in Black: The Series Animation is the technique in which each frame of a film or movie is produced individually, whether generated as a computer graphic, or by photographing a drawn image, or by repeatedly making small changes to a model unit (see claymation and stop motion), and then photographing the result with a...


The movie sequel Men in Black II or (M.II.B.) was released in summer 2002, which had the memory of Jones' character restored so he could battle new threats alongside his former partner. Men in Black II is a movie starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. ... 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


See also

In UFO conspiracy theories, the term Men in Black (MIBs) are alleged to be men dressed in black suits claiming to be government agents, who attempt to harass or threaten UFO witnesses into silence. ...

External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
Modamag.com | Men In Black 2 (Movie Review) (858 words)
Now 5 years, and a million salary discussions later, comes “Men In Black 2.” While I found the original to be appealing, and occasionally amusing, it was far from a home run for me. It lacked true laughs, and the speedy plot never really caught fire.
One of the key ingredients to “Men In Black” was the unearthing of the alien community.
You’d think for the paychecks they’re receiving, the duo could come up with something a little fresher than the same old shtick from “Men In Black.” Sonnenfeld and the writers miss a golden opportunity by not having fun with the short time Jay’s and Kay’s roles are reversed in the opening of the film.
Men in Black - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (3747 words)
In UFO conspiracy theories, the term Men in Black (MIBs), also known as Men in Gray or Men in Grey, are alleged to be men dressed in fl suits claiming to be government agents who attempt to harass or threaten UFO witnesses into silence.
The men suggest—or the witnesses assume—that they are government agents, and often flash convincing-looking badges and demand that the witness recant their story or hand over photographs or physical evidence of a UFO.
Such reports have led to speculation that Men In Black accounts are not part of any objective reality, but are rather best explained by altered states of consciousness, such as fantasy-prone personalities, sleep paralysis, hypnagogic states and the like.
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