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5,470 Ratings

The Fly

Directed by David Cronenberg
United States, 1986
Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller


When Seth Brundle makes a huge scientific and technological breakthrough in teleportation, he decides to test it on himself. Unbeknownst to him, a common housefly manages to get inside the device and the two become one.

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The Fly Directed by David Cronenberg

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1987 | Winner: Best Makeup

National Board of Review

1986 | Nominee: Top Ten Films

BAFTA Awards

1988 | 2 nominations including: Best Make Up Artist

Critics reviews

As Goldblum’s scientist transforms into a giant insect, the more sympathy he arouses in the journalist who’s fallen for him. Some critics have read the film as an AIDS metaphor; and on that level, it ranks with the best of Derek Jarman and Todd Haynes. But the central romance—in which love is strengthened by the impossibility of love—resonates in a number of directions, sustaining the film across multiple viewings.
September 23, 2016
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It’s still brilliant and perfect, and profoundly moving—maybe Cronenberg’s greatest and most perfect film; a horror tragedy that doesn’t cop out, ever. Deftly combining aspects of romantic comedy, science fiction, gross-out midnight movie, and parable of the consequences of hubris, The Fly also works as a metaphor for what happens to couples and individuals when the body breaks down, decays, or merely ages.
December 01, 2012
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