July 7th, 1995



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A message from outer space contains instructions on how to modify human DNA.

Release Year: 1995

Rating: 5.7/10 (29,778 voted)

Director: Roger Donaldson

Stars: Natasha Henstridge, Michael Madsen, Ben Kingsley

In 1993, the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence Project receives a transmission detailing an alien DNA structure, along with instructions on how to splice it with human DNA. The result is Sil, a sensual but deadly creature who can change from a beautiful woman to an armour-plated killing machine in the blink of an eye. Government agent Xavier Fitch assembles a team of scientists and mercenaries to locate and destroy Sil before she manages to find a mate and breed.

Ben Kingsley - Xavier Fitch
Michael Madsen - Preston Lennox
Alfred Molina - Dr. Stephen Arden
Forest Whitaker - Dan Smithson, Empath
Marg Helgenberger - Dr. Laura Baker
Natasha Henstridge - Sil
Michelle Williams - Young Sil
Jordan Lund - Aide
Don Fischer - Aide
Scott McKenna - Train Hobo
Virginia Morris - Mother
Jayne Luke - Snack Shop Clerk
David K. Schroeder - German Tourist
David Jensen - Conductor
Esther Scott - Female Conductor

Taglines: Be Intrigued. Be Seduced. Be Warned.


Official Website: MGM-UA |

Release Date: 7 July 1995

Filming Locations: Arecibo Observatory, Arecibo, Puerto Rico

Box Office Details

Budget: $35,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $60,054,449 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

When Sil watches TV at the motel, she flips through different channels and they all show various things she will do later in the film. Like having sex, showing off her body, etc.

Factual errors: When the scientists try to kill young Sil they flood her cell with what is supposed to be cyanide gas. That gas looks like white steam, whereas Cyanide gas is invisible.

[first lines]
Xavier Fitch: I'm sorry.
Young Sil: [mouthing] I'm sorry.

User Review


Rating: 5/10

For some reason, a quality cast including Ben Kingsley, Forest Whitaker, Alfred Molina, Michael Madsen and Marg Helgenberger signed up for this knockabout trash about an escaped alien-human hybrid in a search of a mate, which somehow managed to avoid the straight-to-video pile and is little more than an excuse for a few car chases and many sightings of Natasha Henstridge's knockers. In a stroke of luck, the first programmes Henstridge sees on TV once she's on the loose teach her how to use money and credit cards, drive, have sex, dye her hair and crash a car into a pylon, all of which come in handy in the ensuing tosh. Kingsley and Whitaker take it all too seriously, Molina's funny on purpose, the score's atmospheric (if reminiscent of 'Aliens' in places) and there's a nicely played romance between Madsen and Helgenberger. This is, of course, absolute rubbish and as dumb as a bus, but it's kind of enjoyable despite all that.


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