The Puppet Masters (film)

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This article is about the film based on the Robert Heinlein novel. For other uses, see Puppet Master.
The Puppet Masters
Theatrical poster
Directed by Stuart Orme
Produced by Ralph Winter
Screenplay by Ted Elliott
Terry Rossio
David S. Goyer
Based on The Puppet Masters by Robert A. Heinlein
Starring Donald Sutherland
Eric Thal
Julie Warner
Keith David
Andrew Robinson
Narrated by Christopher Britton
Music by Colin Towns
Edited by William Goldenberg
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release dates
  • October 21, 1994 (1994-10-21)
Running time
109 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $8,647,042

The Puppet Masters is a 1994 science fiction film, adapted by Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, and David S. Goyer from Robert A. Heinlein’s 1951 novel of the same title, in which a trio of American government agents attempts to thwart a covert invasion of Earth by mind-controlling alien parasites. The film was directed by Stuart Orme and stars Donald Sutherland, Eric Thal, Keith David, Julie Warner, and Andrew Robinson.


When a flying saucer reportedly lands in rural Iowa, The Old Man (who runs a secret branch of the CIA), decides to investigate. He goes in person, accompanied by agents Sam and Jarvis, as well as Dr Mary Sefton, a NASA specialist in alien biology. They find that aliens have indeed landed and are planning to use their mind-control powers to take over our planet.


Novel and screenplay[edit]

The screenplay went through a number of rewrites due to differences between the writers, Terry Rossio and Ted Elliott, who wanted to remain faithful to the Heinlein classic and executives at Disney who wanted an adaptation that they could sell. As a result, the final script leaves out some elements of the novel, while following the basic plot quite closely.[1]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Writing the Screen Adaptation of Robert A. Heinlein's The Puppet Masters by Terry Rossio, 1995