In the 1950s a super-secret government agency was formed to monitor and police the activities of extraterrestrial aliens on the planet Earth. Some 40 years later a founding father of the agency, Agent Kay (Tommy Lee Jones), finds himself with a new smart-mouthed partner fresh from the NYPD who is soon dubbed Agent Jay (Will Smith). Their first mission is to save the Earth from destruction by a giant insectlike alien (Vincent D'Onfrio) that, incidentally, drives an exterminator's truck. Armed with their matching Ray-Bans, skinny ties, and space-age weapons that Jay barely understands--he calls the Neuralyzer the "flashy thing"--the new duo begin another average day of fighting intergalactic terrorists. An amazingly hip and terribly clever movie that riffs on everything from E.T.--THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL to CASABLANCA, this Barry Sonnenfeld film is based on the equally savvy comic book by Lowell Cunningham.
cast & Crew
Barry Sonnenfeld - American Director of Photography/Director
Will Smith - American actor/rap performer/producer
Linda Fiorentino - American Actress, THE LAST SEDUCTION (1995)
Tony Shalhoub - Actor, MONK
Siobhan Fallon - American actress, MEN IN BLACK
Mike Nussbaum - American Supporting Actor
Sergio Calderon -
Carel Struycken - Actor/"Addams Family"
John Alexander - Character actor, MR. SKEFFINGTON, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE
Michael Willis -
Richard Hamilton - Actor/"Sommersby"
David Cross - Comedian, MR. SHOW
Kent Faulcon -
Bernard Gilkey - Baseball Player
Jonathan Gries - Actor/"Kill Me Again"
Fredric Lane -
Sean Whalen - American Supporting Actor
Ed Solomon - Screenwriter
Lowell Cunningham - Comic book creator - Men in Black
Danny Elfman - Score composer
Bo Welch -
Mary E. Vogt -
Jim Miller - TV/Film Editor
Laurie MacDonald -
Cinovation Studios - Effects company
XFX Images - Computer animation/Special effects company
VisionArt Design & Animation - Computer animation and effects company
Rick Baker - Makeup and Special Effects Designer
John Alexander - Actor, MEN IN BLACK, HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY
Reviews & Awards
"...The out-there premise is irresistible.... Effects master Rick Baker whips up a swell array of oddball creatures great, small and just plain strange..." -- 4 out of 4 stars
New York Times
"...Dryly clever....Extraordinarily ambitious, with all-star design and special-effects talent and a genuinely artful visual style..."
Los Angeles Times
"...Wised-up and offhandedly funny....Barry Sonnenfeld is an excellent director for this point of view, and MEN IN BLACK is a blend of the strengths of his previous films..."
"...The movie makes good use of a lot of New York landmarks....[The film] deflates one sci-fi pomposity after another..."
4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he leads' buddy-buddy act works a charm, Smith's mock-macho maximalism and Jones' dour minimalism deliciously contrasted."
Academy Awards Best Makeup Winner 1997