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Total Recall (1990)

R | | Action, Sci-Fi | 1 June 1990 (USA)
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When a man goes for virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real - or does he?

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Douglas Quaid is haunted by a recurring dream about a journey to Mars. He hopes to find out more about this dream and buys a holiday at Rekall Inc. where they sell implanted memories. But something goes wrong with the memory implantation and he remembers being a secret agent fighting against the evil Mars administrator Cohaagen. Now the story really begins and it's a rollercoaster ride until the massive end of the movie. Written by Harald Mayr <marvin@bike.augusta.de>

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What would you do if someone stole your mind? See more »

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Action | Sci-Fi

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1 June 1990 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,788 (USA) (10 August 2012)

Gross:

$119,412,921 (USA) (17 August 2012)
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Trivia

In one scene, Tony who has most of his face covered with thick skin, says to Douglas Quaid, "You've got a lot of nerve showing your face around here", to which Quaid replies, "Look who's talking". In Look Who's Talking Too (1990), there's a scene at a cinema with a Total Recall (1990) poster with Arnold Schwarzenegger on it, plus a pyramid mine hanging from a ceiling in the box office. See more »

Goofs

In addition to the fact that some of Richter's men would have shot each other when they're firing at the Quaid hologram (since they're position in a way that the trajectory of their shots would impact each other as they pass through the hologram's nothingness), none of the troops or Richter seem to notice during the 15 or so seconds of shooting that there are no impact wounds or blood from the high-caliber weapons "hitting" Quaid. He does fake that he's being gravely wounded and then shot to death but there's no way he could fake having dozens of gunshot wounds, especially since it's clear he isn't wearing any protective body armor or anything that would otherwise explain him getting shot with no visible damage. See more »

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[first lines]
[Doug awakens from a nightmare]
Lori: Doug? Honey, are you all right?
[nods]
Lori: You were dreaming. Doug? Was it about Mars?
[nods]
Lori: [kisses him] Is that better?
Douglas Quaid: Hmm.
Lori: My poor baby. This is getting to be an obsession.
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Crazy Credits

Play the Total Recall (1990) video game by Acclaim. See more »

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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.38 (2010) See more »

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Ja, Vi Elsker Dette Landet
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Written by Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson
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Certainly One Of Arnie's Best Ever Movies
1 June 2004 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

I've seen TOTAL RECALL many times over the years and I'm never failed to be impressed with it . Some people dislike it and I feel I must defend the movie

" Confused plot " - Sorry but I managed to understand the complex plot first time I saw the movie and was impressed that Hollywood had merged a high concept plot with a FX laden extravaganza , such a pity this didn't lead to more thoughtful action adventures . If you want to see a confused plot try watching a James Bond movie from the 1980s

" The violence " - Yeah this is a violent movie for sure but I do wish people would educate themselves to the work of directors before they criticize . Paul Verhoeven had previously made FLESH AND BLOOD and ROBOCOP so a futuristic adventure by Verhoeven that was awarded an 18 certificate isn't going to be confused with an episode of the teletubbies

What I liked from Verhoeven's directing is that he's made everything so recognizable , nothing is ridiculously futuristic looking and we see the characters wearing clothes that wouldn't look out of place in the 1980s . Verhoeven also brings little satirical stabs to the proceedings as he did with ROBOCOP and it's a great shame we see less and less of this European director working for Hollywood

Verhoeven even gets a good performance from Big Arnie , okay this body builder was never in danger of winning an Oscar but Arnie doesn't send himself up and nor do his wise cracks like in his other blockbusters but he does make for an affable - Though violent - hero . Michael Ironside gives the most memorable performance which considering he spends most of the movie running around with a gun is no small achievement .

One interesting thing I noticed about TOTAL RECALL after seeing it again last night is that it's unapologetic on being on the side of the rebels who are waging a war against the greedy Mars company . Anyone believe that if it was made today the rebels/terrorists would be the bad guys ?

Anyway this is along with the original TERMINATOR the best movie starring Arnie though most of the credit for this movie belongs to the screenwriters and director and it's a great pity Hollywood is reluctant to mix a high concept SF plot with a crowd pleasing action adventure


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