Puppet Masters, Robert A. Heinlein’s The (film) When a local television station reports that something strange has landed in the small town of Ambrose, Iowa, the government’s covert Office of Scientific Intelligence is called upon to investigate. Andrew Nivens, his son Sam, and NASA scientist Mary Sefton are the team who make the frightening discovery: alien creatures have taken over and are rapidly multiplying and spreading beyond the borders of cities and states. Against impossible odds, Nivens, Sam, and Mary must find a way to eliminate the aliens who seem unstoppable—without killing the innocent human hosts. Released on October 21, 1994. Directed by Stuart Orme. A Hollywood Pictures film. Filmed in CinemaScope. 109 min. Stars Donald Sutherland (Andrew Nivens), Eric Thal (Sam Nivens), Julie Warner (Mary Sefton), Yaphet Kotto (Ressler). Based on the novel by Robert A. Heinlein. Filmed primarily in Los Angeles and Fresno, California. Released on video in 1995.