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Basic Info Rusty's rating: 80
Notable as: Science Fiction, Award-Winning WorkGenre: action film, science fiction film, comic science fiction, buddy filmMain subject: extraterrestrial lifeNarrative location: New York CityRuntime: 94 - 98 minutesLanguage: English, SpanishCountry: United StatesFilming location: New York City, New JerseyDirector: Barry SonnenfeldScreenwriter: Ed SolomonBased on: The Men in BlackMusic: Danny ElfmanCinematography: Donald PetermanStars: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino, Vincent D'Onofrio, Rip Torn, Tony Shalhoub, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Mike Nussbaum, Sergio Calderón Producer: Laurie MacDonald, Walter F. ParkesStudio: Amblin EntertainmentAwards won: Academy Award for Best Makeup and HairstylingAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Original Musical or Comedy Score (Danny Elfman)
Academy Award for Best Production Design
Award details: (details at IMDb)
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Men in Black is a 1997 American science fiction action spy comedy film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, produced by Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald and starring Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. The film was based on Lowell Cunningham's The Men in Black comic book series, originally published by Marvel and Malibu Comics, with a plot following two agents of a secret organization called Men in Black who supervise extraterrestrial lifeforms who live on Earth and hide their existence from ordinary humans. The film featured the creature effects and makeup of Rick Baker and visual effects by Industrial Light & Magic. The film was released on July 2, 1997, by Columbia Pictures and grossed $589,390,539 worldwide against a $90 million budget. An animated series based on the film, titled Men in Black: The Series, ran from 1997 to 2001 on The WB. A live-action sequel, Men in Black II, was released in 2002. This was followed by Men in Black 3 in 2012. The success of the film inspired Marvel to option other properties for development, later collaborating with Columbia Pictures to produce Spider-Man among other projects.


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