The X-Files

  • 15
  • Rob Bowman (1998)
  • US
  • 117 min
The X-Files
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Film Review
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4 out of 5

The TV phenomenon of the 1990s makes an effortless transition to the big screen, and, while the plot remains firmly grounded in the themes of the series, the uninitiated should not feel put off, as this plays equally well as a classy conspiracy thriller. Here, intrepid FBI duo Mulder and Scully (David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson) investigate an explosion at a federal building and stumble across the biggest alien cover-up in the world's history. Director Rob Bowman (who has also worked on the series) is faithful to the show's paranoiac roots, but gleefully opens the action out to stage some spectacular set pieces. He is well served by his leads, and by the likes of Martin Landau, Armin Mueller-Stahl and John Neville.

Plot Summary

Science-fiction thriller starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. FBI Special Agents Mulder and Scully are blamed for failing to prevent several deaths after a bomb explodes in a Dallas federal building. But it soon emerges that the incident is part of a conspiracy to cover up the existence of an extraterrestrial virus.

Cast and crew


Special Agent Fox Mulder
David Duchovny
Special Agent Dana Scully
Gillian Anderson
Well-Manicured Man
John Neville
Cigarette-Smoking Man
William B Davis
Dr Alvin Kurtzweil
Martin Landau
FBI Assistant Director Walter Skinner
Mitch Pileggi
Armin Mueller-Stahl
Lone Gunman Ringo Langley
Dean Haglund
Lone Gunman Melvin Frohike
Tom Braidwood
Lone Gunman John Byers
Bruce Harwood


Rob Bowman

Other Information

Violence, swearing.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate 15