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BrainWaves (1982)

After a traffic accident Kaylie is in coma for months. Her doctors want to try a new procedure on her: to regain her consciousness, they stimulate her brain with neural patterns of a woman ... See full summary »

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Ulli Lommel

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Henry R. Alexander (additional dialogue) (as Buz Alexander), Ulli Lommel | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Keir Dullea ... Julian Bedford
Suzanna Love ... Kaylie Bedford
Vera Miles ... Marian Koonan
Ryan Seitz Ryan Seitz ... Danny Bedford
Percy Rodrigues ... Dr. Robinson
Paul Willson ... Dr. Schroder
Tony Curtis ... Dr. Clavius
Eve Brent ... Mrs. Simpson (as Eve Brent Ashe)
Nicholas Love ... Willy Meiser
Corinne Wahl Corinne Wahl ... Leila Adams (as Corinne Alphen)
Phillipe Carr Phillipe Carr ... Doctor
Roger Burgraff Roger Burgraff ... Speech Therapist
Michael DeFrancisco Michael DeFrancisco ... George
Jason Fong Jason Fong ... Grocery Clerk
Diane Doucette Diane Doucette ... Therapy Nurse
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After a traffic accident Kaylie is in coma for months. Her doctors want to try a new procedure on her: to regain her consciousness, they stimulate her brain with neural patterns of a woman who just died. It works, and Kaylie seems to be ok again. However in her dreams, she lives the last day of her savor - and realizes that she's been killed! Together with her husband she tries to find out what happened. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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"She died but her brain stayed alive to torment another." See more »

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Sci-Fi | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shadow of Death See more »

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$500,000 (estimated)
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CinAmerica See more »
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Mono

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1.85 : 1
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John Huston was originally casted in the role of Dr. Clavius, but he became ill, so after that there was talks with Rock Hudson, but he wasn't available. Eventually Tony Curtis was cast. See more »

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An engrossing brainy drama
22 December 2012 | by PeterMitchell-506-564364See all my reviews

I love a movie with an interesting story. This has a real story behind it, we almost want to believe it to be reality. Brainwaves is a tight, solid psychological thriller that some medics out there would get a kick out of with their analogies. A young girl is murdered in a bath, while listening to music, ear plugs on, again proving that water and electricity don't mix. Of course she didn't hear the intruder. As he picks up her radio placed behind her, while standing above her, he raises the radio above his head, although he's faceless to us. Then in slow effective motion we see the radio drop, following by her electrocution. Full on too. Later a young mother walking across a steep San Francis street, gets one of her heals caught on the railway track in one of those grooves. And a slow moving train is coming right towards her. Barely evading a flattening, inturn she's knocked up on the hood of this car, her skull knocking up against the windscreen, spider webbing the glass. She goes into a coma, but there is one way she can by pulled out of it. A thing involving the clavious process, where one can use electronic devices to transfer impulses from one brain to another. This becomes an experimental success. Unfortunately for that girl's killer, this isn't good as the mother is giving the dead girl's brain. How cool is this story. Now she starts acting strange, seeing images that the dead girl saw, like the killer wrist tattoo, while in the gym, where eventually the killer's identity becomes full circle too her. If you enjoy these psychological thrillers, this is something different in the thriller department. It's backed by a cast of great actors, including the late Tony Curtis as the respected genius doctor of the hospital, a kind of dark and a little enigmatic, this fine actor plays so well. This is a story that leaves you wondering if this really could possible. Who knows in today's times. A thoroughly engrossing thriller, one of those little movie surprises.


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