• Men in Black (1997)

Men in Black

Release Date: July 2nd, 1997

DVD Release Date: November 25th, 1997

PG-13 |1 hr 38 min

Plot Summary

They are the best-kept secret in the universe. Working for a highly funded yet unofficial government agency, Kay (Tommy Lee Jones) and Jay (Will Smith) are the Men in Black, providers of immigration services and regulators of all things alien on Earth. While investigating a series of unregistered close encounters, the MIB agents uncover the deadly plot of an intergalactic terrorist who is on a mission to assassinate two ambassadors from opposing galaxies currently in residence in New York City.

Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino, Vincent D'Onofrio, Rip Torn, Tony Shalhoub, Sergio Calderon, Siobhan Fallon

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld

Genres: Comedy , Science fiction , Action

Production Co: MacDonald-Parkes, Amblin Entertainment, Columbia Pictures

Distributors: Columbia Pictures

Keywords: Hilarious, Suspenseful, 1990s, Creative, Pursuit, Sacrifice, New York City

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Gene SiskelChicago Tribune

    A smart, funny and hip adventure film in a summer of car wrecks and explosions. [4 July 1997]

  • 100
    Susan WloszczynaUSA Today

    The snappy sci-fi hoot Men in Black...is a kind of "Independence Day" for smart people. show more

  • 88
    San Francisco Examiner

    The script by Ed Solomon is tight, well-paced and lighthearted. If this were a musical, Fred Astaire could have played the Jones role, although somewhat more dashingly. show more

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Nominated Art Direction
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Nominated Achievement in Special Visual Effects
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1998)
Winner Makeup
Nominated Music (Original Music or Comedy Score)