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The X-Files
The X Files

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 Written by
Chris Carter Screenplay
Chris Carter Story
Frank Spotnitz Story

 Directed by
Rob Bowman

A virus dormant for many years is unleashed.

 Release Date
June 19, 1998

2 hours and 1 minutes (121 minutes)

David Duchovny
  Agent Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson
  Agent Dana Scully
Mitch Pileggi
  Assistant Director Walter Skinner
William B. Davis
  The Cigarette-Smoking Man
John Neville
  The Well-Manicured Man
Martin Landau
Jeffrey DeMunn
Dean Haglund
Bruce Harwood
Tom Braidwood
Blythe Danner
Terry O'Quinn
Armin Mueller-Stahl
Lucas Black
Cody Newton
  3rd Boy
Don S. Williams
  Group Elder
George Murdock
  2nd Elder
Michael Shamus Wiles
  Black-Haired Man
Darrell Davis
  Primitive #1
Carrick O'Quinn
  Primitive #2
Tom Woodruff Jr.
  Creature #1
Ted King
  FBI Agent on Roof
Steve Rankin
  Field Agent
Gary Grubbs
  Fire Captain Cooles
Steven M. Gagnon
  Last Agent Out
Larry Joshua
  DC Cop
Scott Alan Smith
Ian Ruskin
  Well-Manicured Man's Valet
Milton Johns
  British Valet
Michael Krawic
  2nd Paramedic
Larry Rippenkroeger
  Towncar Driver
Josh McLaglen
  Buzz Mihoe
Randy Hall
  Windbreakered Agent
Vanessa Morley
  Young Samantha Mulder (archive footage)
Jason Beghe
  FBI Man at Bomb Site (uncredited)

- The official name of the film is only "The X-Files". But it is mostly refered as "Fight the Future" or "The X-Files: Fight the Future".

- Budget: approximatively 66 millions dollars.

- The song "The Crystal Ship" by X is actually a new version of a famous song of The Doors from their eponym album. The keyboardist of the band X is Ray Manzarek, one of the member of The Doors.

- Chris Carter about the movie: "So I learned the hard way and I was sort of slapped in the face a little bit by the demands of that big picture up on the screen, both of the film maker and the story teller. While I think that we told a big screen story and I think we told it well. I think that when we go to do the next X-Files movie that we will all be much wiser, more experienced and savvy men and women. Who, I know, that are looking very forward to carrying this on from a TV series into a series of movies."

- DVD audio commentary by Chris Carter and Rob Bowman. Chris Carter: "When coming up with the idea for The X-Files movie, Frank Spotnitz and I were sitting in Hawaii, thinking about what we needed to do to make the idea bigger than the series, a concept that could be worthy of a movie and explains some things that the series didn't or hadn't. And so we needed this big idea that's needed to start in an extreme place and to end in an extreme place. And we had done some research and found out that the globe had been covered in ice not that long ago in historical terms as far down as Texas, so we thought that would be interesting to take some place we wanted to shoot, which is the desert and make it a completely different landscape, prehistorically. And also, it was an idea that encompassed the bigger idea here, which is that alien life has been here prehistorically and that it may have gone underground and this is really the reason for that big action sequence with the cavemen and the alien dinosaurs, if you will, that really shapes the first sequence.

You write these cavemen, these primitives, these men of a sort of unknown time and while they have been recreated by scientists and I guess the anthropologists the look of them. It didn't quite look right when we first started the making-up the actual actors, the stuntmen who played the two primitives, which is what we called them. And so, it went through several different stages that they looked kind of cartoonish at first. And then with the prostetics, they looked too ape-like and because this isn't that long ago in historical terms, they needed to look more like modern men. Yet, when you made them more modern, it didn't seem right either. So we sort of, I think, walked a thin line, trying to make it believable and yet not make them look too cartoone."

Rob Bowman: "This particular fight sequence from my point of vue as a director was challenging because I got two people in heavy wardrobe and makeup and I need a very physical, very violent fight in basically a black arena. And the alien, the gentlemen inside the alien suits, is completely blind with, you know, sharp talons at the end of his fingers so I've gotta protect the cavemen from his claws and the cavemen has got to pretend to be stabbing that they can't really stab with this sword. And, you know, there's no guns, and none of the usual things we see in a fight in a movie so: how do I make it as real and as scary as I possibly can, well, once I saw the creature walk in and realized that he was blind, I had to adjust the entire approach of the filming because I needed to be very short-flash cut so that I could create the illusion that the alien is quite dangerous..."

- At 26 minutes, Scully can be seen looking at the camera.

Strughold: He’s but one man. One man alone cannot fight the future.

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Die Hard meets The X-Files
By Jack Anderson on October 12, 2017

This film is a major blockbuster. The first twenty minutes of the film are all about helicopters, big trucks, big buildings, explosions.

When looking for the bomb, not only Mulder knows that the bombs is in another building, but he also magically discovers it when looking for a soda. This makes for childish writing.
Meanwhile, I still don't understand how the FBI would blame Mulder and Scully for the bomb when they actually were the ones who found it.
Instead of The X-Files trying to go to the big screen by going to its roots, The X-Files is trying to copy every blockbusters from the 90s. While it is fun to watch, it feels much more like a Die Hard episode with Mulder and Scully than The X-Files.

- Why does Scully sleep with make-up on? It's really too obvious.

I love "The X-Files" movie, also known as "Fight the Future". It is a huge fest for the eyes and marks the highlight of The X-Files saga and phenomenon.

Mark Snow's score is brilliant. For the first time, we get to hear Mark Snow with a real orchestra. And the result is awesome.

A great pop corn movie for every fan. I give it 8 out of 10.

great moment of my 1998
By danascully09 on May 16, 2018

What a magic moment to spend, after class at Avignon university, with my best friend I had to supply to come with me, on this afternoon of october 1998 , in the theatre to watch the x files FTF.

Some fans were making noise, especially during the corridor scene.

I remember the feeling of everything bigger, everything I love in my series on big screen, like a dream came true, a revelation. And a proof for the entire population that the show I loved was really a good one! The x phile pride!

The bomb scene is great, the paranoid ambiance also. And the music, great symphonic mark snow job!

The cast is wonderful, everything is well-played. And the final with the fly of the UFO when you want to scream "open your damn eyes Scully!"


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