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Screamers

Director:

Christian Duguay

Screenplay

Dan O'Bannon, Miguel Tejada-Flores (from the short story, Second Variety, by Philip K. Dick)

Producers

Tom Berry, Franco Battista

Budget

20 M

Locations

Joliette, Québec, Canada

Language

English

Cast

Peter Weller, Roy Dupuis, Jennifer Rubin

Distributor

Columbia Tri-Star

Genre

Sci-Fi

Duration

105 minutes

Release Date

1995 – January 26th, 1996

 


From the back of the DVD:

After 10 years of devastating warfare on Planet Sirius 6B, a distant mining planet, Commander Joseph Hendricksson (Peter Weller) is assigned to protect his outpost from the New Economic Block. His scientists have created a perfect weapon, designed to destroy all enemy life - a blade wielding, self-replicating race of killing devices known as Screamers.

But something has gone wrong - the Screamers continue to evolve without any human guidance, cloning themselves into human form and obliterating all forms of human life.

Betrayed by his own political leaders and disgusted by the atrocities of the endless war, Hendricksson decides he must negotiate peace with the enemy. But to do so, he must first destroy the very weapon he helped create ... Screamers!

The reviews mostly concentrate on the adaptation of the Philip K. Dick story, Peter Weller's performance, or Duguay's use of the $11m budget.
Professional reviewers, particularly the US ones, struggle to award it more than 2 stars.  At time of writing 101 users had commented on IMDb, and a surprising number of people have been more than satisfied with this low budget sci-fi offering.  Largely, one suspects, sci-fi enthusiasts, they commend the faithfulness to the original story, Peter Weller, and the fact that it was made without a budget of block-buster proportions.

 

So if you're a serious sci-fi fan you may be impressed.

Let's leave the final word with the Montreal Gazette's Brendan Kelly, an always-reliable Roy fan: Quebec actor Dupuis, a major star in French Canada, has just the right blend of wackiness and macho posturing as Becker.

 

Promotional Appearances

Behind The Scenes, Flash - Jan 1996

 

From the back of the DVD:

After 10 years of devastating warfare on Planet Sirius 6B, a distant mining planet, Commander Joseph Hendricksson (Peter Weller) is assigned to protect his outpost from the New Economic Block. His scientists have created a perfect weapon, designed to destroy all enemy life - a blade wielding, self-replicating race of killing devices known as Screamers.

But something has gone wrong - the Screamers continue to evolve without any human guidance, cloning themselves into human form and obliterating all forms of human life.

Betrayed by his own political leaders and disgusted by the atrocities of the endless war, Hendricksson decides he must negotiate peace with the enemy. But to do so, he must first destroy the very weapon he helped create ... Screamers!

The reviews mostly concentrate on the adaptation of the Philip K. Dick story, Peter Weller's performance, or Duguay's use of the $11m budget.
Professional reviewers, particularly the US ones, struggle to award it more than 2 stars.  At time of writing 101 users had commented on IMDb, and a surprising number of people have been more than satisfied with this low budget sci-fi offering.  Largely, one suspects, sci-fi enthusiasts, they commend the faithfulness to the original story, Peter Weller, and the fact that it was made without a budget of block-buster proportions.

 

So if you're a serious sci-fi fan you may be impressed.

Let's leave the final word with the Montreal Gazette's Brendan Kelly, an always-reliable Roy fan: Quebec actor Dupuis, a major star in French Canada, has just the right blend of wackiness and macho posturing as Becker.

 

Promotional Appearances

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