The Puppet Masters

Last Updated on: October 18th, 2023

The Puppet Masters (Hollywood Pictures Movie)

“The Puppet Masters” is a science fiction thriller film released in 1994, directed by Stuart Orme. The movie is based on the 1951 novel of the same name by Robert A. Heinlein. The film stars Donald Sutherland as Andrew Nivens, Eric Thal as Sam Nivens, and Julie Warner as Mary Sefton.

The story is set in the near future and follows a team of government agents led by Andrew Nivens. They discover the existence of parasitic alien creatures that attach themselves to human hosts, controlling their minds and turning them into mindless slaves.

As the alien invasion spreads, the government agents must find a way to stop the extraterrestrial threat before humanity is enslaved.

“The Puppet Masters” is known for its sci-fi elements, suspenseful storytelling, and its exploration of themes related to invasion and mind control. The film presents a tense and thrilling narrative that combines elements of horror, action, and conspiracy.

The movie received mixed reviews from critics but has found a following among fans of classic science fiction and those intrigued by stories of alien invasions and government conspiracies.

“The Puppet Masters” serves as a touchstone for viewers seeking a thrilling and suspenseful sci-fi film that offers a fresh take on the alien invasion genre. It remains a gripping and entertaining film that delivers an eerie and thought-provoking experience as it explores the potential dangers of extraterrestrial infiltration and the struggle to maintain control of one’s mind and free will.

Additional Details


  • Donald Sutherland: Andrew Nivens
  • Eric Thal: Sam Nivens
  • Julie Warner: Mary Sefton
  • Keith David: Alex Holland
  • Will Patton: Dr. Graves
  • Richard Belzer: Jarvis
  • Tom Mason: President Douglas
  • Yaphet Kotto: Ressler
  • Sam Anderson: Culbertson
  • J. Patrick McCormack: Gidding
  • Marshall Bell: General Morgan
  • Nicholas Cascone: Greenberg
  • Bruce Jarchow: Barnes
  • Benjamin Mouton: Higgins
  • David Pasquesi: Vargas
  • Andrew Robinson: Hawthorne
  • Benj Thall: Jeff
  • William Wellman, Jr.: Doctor
  • Dale Dye: Brande
  • John C. Cooke: Lt. Abbey
  • Michael Shamus Wiles: Capt. Earley


  • Director: Stuart Orme
  • Producer: Ralph Winter
  • Screenplay: Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio and David Goyer

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