The X Files (1998)

PG-13   |    |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

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Mulder and Scully must fight the government in a conspiracy and find the truth about an alien colonization of Earth.

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  • Carol Alt at an event for The X Files (1998)
  • Carol Alt at an event for The X Files (1998)
  • Gillian Anderson at an event for The X Files (1998)
  • The X Files (1998)
  • Martin Short at an event for The X Files (1998)
  • Carol Alt at an event for The X Files (1998)

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Did You Know?


Because the tagline "Fight the Future" was placed just below the title on the release poster, many X-Files fans took it to be a subtitle. It is still used among fans as an unofficial "episode title," rather than call it "the movie."


Special Agent Dana Scully: I had you.
Special Agent Fox Mulder: No, you didn't.
Special Agent Dana Scully: Oh, yeah. I had you big time.


When the three boys are questioned by Scully and Mulder about which direction the trucks went, they point to their right (viewer's left). Because they are standing in front of the Dallas skyline with Reunion Tower on the left, then they are south of Dallas, and are pointing west. In the next scene Scully and Mulder are driving through Texas. The shadow is on the driver's side (north side) of the car which means they are driving east.

Alternate Versions

The video release has additional footage not shown in the theatrical release:

  • In the opening scene you now see more of the alien. In the theatrical release we see it fight off one of the cavemen, killing it, and the other caveman gets up to see it lying on the ground draining out the black blood (or what fans know as black oil). In the video release, we see it run off after it kills one of the cavemen, and when the other caveman gets up, he tracks it down and then kills it using the broken end of his torch.
  • In the scene with Mulder talking to the Well Manicured Man in the car, he reveals to Mulder that Samantha, Mulder's sister, was abducted by aliens at the request of her father, William Mulder, so she could be part of the colonization project, thus ensuring her survival in the colonization of Earth by the visitors. Also revealed is that when plans went awry, Mulder was intended, by his father, to seek the truth and reveal what had been done.
  • There is also an added scene in the video release with Mulder running down the street after the hospital scene.


Written and performed by
Sarah McLachlan


Plot Summary

Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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