Summer 2001 Films

The Animal


Revolution Studios/Columbia Pictures Release

This comedy opens July 11, 2001 /theanimal

From the producers of the comedy smash Deuce Bigalow: Maie Gigolo comes The Animal, about lowly file clerk Marvin Mange (Rob Schneider), who doesn't have the athletic prowess it takes to complete the police training school and fulfill his lifelong dream to be a cop.

But his luck changes when he's critically injured in a car accident and an eccentric doctor secretly uses animal organs to perform a trans-species-ectomy to rebuild him. Energized by his new parts, Marvin leaves his weakness behind and achieves instant fame as a supercop.

Marvin enjoys his newfound popularity in the department as well as the attention of his new girlfriend, Rianna (Colleen Haskell of Survivor) until his animal instincts start taking over his body at all the wrong times. Marvin struggles to supress his animal urges in a series of hilarious situations.

Stars Rob Schneider, Colleen Haskell, John C. McGinley, Guy Torry and Edward Asner. Directed by Luke Greenfield. Story by Tom Brady.

Not yet rated.

Baby Boy


Columbia Pictures Release

This drama opens July 27, 2001

Ten years after the release of the seminal "Boyz N the Hood," acclaimed director John Singleton returns to the same inner-city Los Angeles neighborhood for the story of a misguided 20-year-old African American man (Tyrese Gibson), a 'baby boy' facing the commitments of real life.

Also stars Omar Gooding, A.J. Johnson, Taraji P. Henson, Snoop Dog and Ving Rhames.

Not yet rated.


The Spirits Within


Columbia Pictures/Square Pictures

This adventure film opens July 20, 2001

Blurring the lines between reality and computer animation, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within is the first feature-length motion picture that brings vivid hyperRealism to computer-generated, human characters.

The thrilling, futuristic action-adventure pits the earth and its people against the ultimate enemy-mysterious aliens that steal the energy from all living things on the planet.

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within is a cinematic breakthrough where the most sophisticated effects imaginable are invisibly woven into an unforgettable story about adventure, survival and the eternal spirit of mankind. 

Voices by Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Peri GIlpin, Ming-Na, Ving Rhames, Donald Sutherland. Directed by Hironobu Sakaguchi and co-directed by Motonori Sakakibara.

Rated PG-13 by the MPAA for Sci-Fi Action and Violence.

America's Sweethearts


Revolution Studios/Columbia Pictures

This romantic comedy opens July 20, 2001.

For an awkward, self-conscious girl like Kiki (Julia Roberts), being the personal assistant to a beautiful megastar like Gwen (Catherine Zeta-Jones) isn't easy. But when she dutifully accepts the task of helping Gwen and her estranged megastar husband Eddie aohn Cusack) make it through one last public appearance masterminded by legendary press agent Lee Phillips (Billy Crystal), for ever devoted Kiki finds that her job is about to get even harder.

At first it seems her biggest challenge is to keep the peace between Eddie and Gwen and their public image intact, but soon Kiki is faced with a more personal concem as her longtime friendship with Eddie begins to take a romantic tum.

Also stars John Cusack, Hank Azaria, Stanley Tucci, Christopher Walken and Seth Green/

Not yet rated.

John Carpenter's



Screen Gems release.

This science fiction/action film opens August 24, 2001.

From the famed director of Vampires and Escape From New York, Iohn Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars is a harrowing tale of rescue and escape from a colonized Mars in the year 2025.

Long inhabited by human settlers, the Red Planet has become the manifest destiny of an over populated Earth. Nearly 640,000 people now live and work all over Mars, mining the planet for its abundant natural resources. But one of those mining operations has uncovered a deadly mother lode- a long-dormant Martian civilization whose warriors are systematically taking over the bodies of human intruders.

Lt. Melanie Ballard (Natasha Henstridge) of the Martian Police Force is on transport assignment to bring James "Desolation" Williams (Ice Cube), the planet's most notorious criminal, to justice. Williams has no plans to make Ballard's job easy, and what begins as a battle of force and wits between cop and criminal soon turns into something more fundamental- a battle for human survival in the realm of the Martian warriors.

It's civilization against civilization as Ballard and Williams join forces in mortal combat with the Ghosts of Mars.

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