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  • Actors: Christopher Walken, Joss Ackland, Ralph Meeker, Ronny Cox, Marco St. John
  • Directors: Bernard Girard
  • Writers: Dennis Reardon, Ron Whyte
  • Producers: George Goodman, Joseph Papp, Richard Lewis
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Ilc
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Oct. 2001
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NQGG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,447 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. J. Davis on 10 Feb. 2009
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This film is certainly not Sunday afternoon family viewing. I knew when I bought this film that it was a psychological affair but wasn't expecting such realism and sadness in it. The characters are quite believable and I came away feeling shocked and stunned. The fact that the film was based on real life human test subjects made it even more poigniant. It's reminiscent of scenes from "One flew over the Cuckoo's nest" and you end up wanting to strangle the doctor at the end of it. You have to be in a very particular mood to want to watch this but it does hold its own and covers some interesting areas.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Old Wealden on 28 May 2008
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Though somewhat pedestrian in pace, this film presents a problem which still creates great controvesy: when, if ever, is it right to use scientific technology to "cure" extreme personality disorders? This is still a question which is hotly debated; Christopher Walken's portral of a distubed and dangerous personlity gives the conflict great immediacy. The film also relects other popular neuroses in the USA at the time it was made.
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It may be old, but Walken makes it new. 23 Mar. 2010
By Albert Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
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Mind Snatchers is a decent movie.
This will be completely spoiler free.

Basically, Walken plays a really mean and angry person who is taken to a hospital for others with mental issues. He's diagnosed with some sort of condition unto which he is so aggressive. But, given he's such an angry man, he begins to prod into the hospital's background. He makes certain alliances, certain people help him, they even compromise with him, but his tenacious demeanor gets him deeper into our plot.

Overall, there's some good suspense and nail biting moments when you're holding back from screaming 'COME ON, CHRIS!' but mind you this is an old film. If you can't look past the mediocre cinematography, sound feedback and a bit of cheesy supporting acting- don't watch. But, if your view is open to such, enjoy the film.
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A five - if you're watching for Christopher Walken.......... 7 Sept. 2003
By rachel green - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Not a great film - good ideas, but it should either have either been expanded or stripped down to a BBC TV play. Joss Ackland and Ronny Cox both give the expected quality performances as the misguided scientist and the terminal cancer patient who is given ecstasy (with a small e) as the way out of personality problems. But the reason you'll buy this DVD is the young Christopher Walken. ... Combine this performance with that in the Anderson Tapes and it is easy to see why he could have been up for Han Solo or the lead in Love Story. Charisma, intelligence, phwoaar and acting ability. He makes it all look so easy.........
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Fetch My Brain-Drill!... 22 Jan. 2010
By Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
My interest in this movie stems from my fascination w/ mind control, government conspiracy, and mad science / experiments gone wrong. Though all of these elements are present, THE MIND SNATCHERS is just too long and slow. This would have made an excellent 20-30 min. short, or anthology segment. As it is, TMS has a bloated mid-section, sandwiched between a decent beginning and a perfectly downbeat ending. Christopher Walken (THE DEAD ZONE, THE PROPHECY) plays the violent, angry Reese w/ his typical ease and un-forced oddness. Ronny Cox (DELIVERANCE, THE BEAST WITHIN, ROBOCOP) is also good as Reese's unhinged, hillbilly roommate. Shaved down, this could have been a classic...
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Interesting Clockwork Orange type movie 8 Aug. 2014
By Lola Jones - Published on Amazon.com
This movie is not quite Clockwork Orange but does suggest a crude form of mind control or conditioning of people too willing accept subjugation. I always think filmmakers are telling us a story about something in subtext. This is a slow movie. It uses Vietnam, corruption of U.S. gov't, and military to inform us that this may affect us all. It's worth watching esp. if you are good at reading between the lines. IMO: Why were Vietnam and soldiers used? Nam was an excuse for many hidden agendas not spoken of in Univ Text books including the extermination of a generation of men from the poor and working class in America. It hints to the use of Nazi Scientists brought to the U.S. to continue unethical medical experimentation for purpose of social engineering and culling of populations. It doesn't suggest this blatantly, but Nam certainly didn't end communism, improve the U.S.economy, or protect the U.S. from Tyrannical regimes. What Nam did do was ruin a whole generation of future heads of households, introduce drugs to soldiers in unprecedented quantities in U.S. military history, while introducing these same drugs into the communities that these PTSD Vets would be returning to. So by the time they got home it was nearly ensured that these men would not be able to function as fathers, husbands, or leaders within their struggling communities.
Military Horror 8 Aug. 2014
By Linda Adsit - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a take on the Manchurian Candidate, with added technology. It's a bit dated, made in the 70s, but still effective. Christopher Walken handles the lead very well, as usual.
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