Men in Black (1997 film)

Men in Black (stylized as MIB: Men in Black) is a 1997 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, produced by Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald and written by Ed Solomon. Loosely based on the Marvel comic book series of a similar name created by Lowell Cunningham and Sandy Carruthers, the film stars Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith as two agents of a secret organization called the Men in Black, who supervise extraterrestrial lifeforms who live on Earth and hide their existence from ordinary humans. The film featured the creature effects and makeup of Rick Baker and visual effects by Industrial Light & Magic.

Men in Black
Theatrical release poster
Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld
Written byEd Solomon
Based onThe Men in Black
by Lowell Cunningham
Produced by
CinematographyDon Peterman
Edited byJim Miller
Music byDanny Elfman
Distributed bySony Pictures Releasing
Release date
  • July 2, 1997 (1997-07-02) (United States)
Running time
98 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$90 million[1]
Box office$589.4 million[1]

The film was released in the United States on July 2, 1997, by Columbia Pictures, and grossed over $589.3 million worldwide against a $90 million budget, becoming the year's third highest-grossing film. It received positive reviews, with critics praising its script, set pieces, and the performances of Jones and Smith. The film received three Academy Award nominations—Best Art Direction, Best Original Score, and Best Makeup—winning the lattermost award.

The film spawned the Men in Black franchise, including two sequels, Men in Black II (2002) and Men in Black 3 (2012); a standalone sequel, Men in Black: International (2019); and an animated series that ran from 1997 to 2001.

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