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Brainstorm (1983)

Brilliant researchers Lillian Reynolds and Michael Brace have developed a system of recording and playing back actual experiences of people. Once the capability of tapping into "higher ... See full summary »

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Jordan Christopher ...
Donald Hotton ...
Landan Marks
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Robert Jenkins
Joe Dorsey ...
Bill Morey ...
James Zimbach
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Chris Brace
Darrell Larson ...
Security Technician
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Chef
Stacey Kuhne-Adams ...
Andrea
John Hugh ...
Animal Lab Technician
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Barry (as David Wood)
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Brilliant researchers Lillian Reynolds and Michael Brace have developed a system of recording and playing back actual experiences of people. Once the capability of tapping into "higher brain functions" is added in, and you can literally jump into someone else's head and play back recordings of what he or she was thinking, feeling, seeing, etc., at the time of the recording, the applications for the project quickly spiral out of control. While Michael Brace uses the system to become close again to Karen Brace, his estranged wife who also works on the project, others start abusing it for intense sexual experiences and other logical but morally questionable purposes. The government tries to kick Michael and Lillian off the project once the vast military potential of the technology is discovered. It soon becomes obvious that the government is interested in more than just missile guidance systems. The lab starts producing mind torture recordings and other psychosis inducing material. When ... Written by Eric van bezooijen <eric@webmethods.com>

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...The Ultimate Experience See more »

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Sci-Fi | Thriller

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30 September 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Gordon Forbes Tapes  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,196,965, 2 October 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,900,000
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(Metrocolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Several more shots of "Hell" were created but cut from the final print for pacing. One of these was termed "Condo Hell" and featured many rapidly changing faces drifting slowly towards the viewer against an austere, high-tech looking background. Some of this can be seen in the trailer for the film. ("Cancer Hell" was the crew term for the gory-looking shots of tormented souls) See more »

Goofs

There is no possible way that any assembly line could have been remotely programmed to have gone haywire and crazy at it did by Karen, and there is no way that a remote access terminal could override a direct power shutoff at the factory. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. Lillian Reynolds: Can you see better if I move it a little closer?
Dr. Michael Anthony Brace: I can see something. It's parts of the grid, but it's still rotating. It's not locking up.
Hal Abramson: Maybe we all need a little break, Lillian.
Dr. Lillian Reynolds: Hal, you take a break.
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Crazy Credits

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Connections

Features Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) See more »

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Deeply thought-provoking....
15 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

This is a subtle, deeply engaging film which deals with a brilliant and thought-provoking concept. The ability to live and think and feel as someone else... Something everyone has wanted to do at some time or other. And more than that, to be able to have a peek at what happens after death, the scariest thing a human being will ever have to face. Complex and convincing performances from all the leads are complemented by sfx that do not overpower the drama.


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