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Men in Black

Year: 1997
Production Co: Amblin Entertainment
Studio: Sony Pictures Entertainment
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Producer: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Tonny Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino, Vincent D'Onofrio, Tony Shalhoub, Rip Torn
Will Smith was styling himself as the comedy guy who does alien movies, this being his first biggie after Independence Day. Borrowing what it needs from the actual ufology mystery of men in black, it depicts the titular heroes as a super-equipped law enforcement agency regulating extraterrestrial life on Earth.

The agency takes a punt on a smart-mouthed cop (Smith), bringing him into the fold of a top secret agency with incredible privileges and responsibilities.

In this case, it's the arrival of a cockroach-like being that takes the form of dolt farmhand Vincent D'Onofrio and whose presence on Earth threatens to spark an international incident that will destroy humanity.

Or something. It's got lots more to do with the scattergun gags Smith and co-star Jones bounce off each other, big silver guns, comedy and action.

Smack bang in the middle of the nascent CGI-fuelled blockbusters that dared to dream big, it cleaned up.

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