Brainstorm (1965)

 |  Thriller, Drama  |  5 May 1965 (USA)
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Scientist Jim Grayam saves his boss' wife from suicide but falls in-love with her and plots to kill her husband by pretending to be criminally insane.



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Cast overview:
Jim Grayam (as Jeff Hunter)
Lorrie Benson
Cort Benson
Dr. Elizabeth Larstadt
Stacy Harris ...
Josh Reynolds
Angie DeWitt (as Kathie Brown)
Phillip Pine ...
Dr. Ames
Dr. Mills
Robert McQueeney ...
Sgt. Dawes
Mr. Clyde
Joan Swift ...
George Pelling ...
Victoria Paige Meyerink ...
Julie Benson (as Victoria Meyerink)
Stephen Roberts ...


A young scientist saves an attractive married woman from a suicide attempt, becomes romantically involved with her, plots to kill her husband, and then fakes insanity to escape the murder charge. Written by Anonymous

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Underrated psycho-thriller directed by William Conrad
17 July 2001 | by (Western New York) – See all my reviews

Like Raymond Burr, William Conrad started out in late-40s film noir as (no surprise) a heavy, and also ended up in series television ("Cannon"). But he also produced and directed both TV and some movies. His Brainstorm arrived in 1965, smack in the transition period from big old films made in the style of the studios to the newer kinds of filmmaking in the 1970s renaissance. It's an offbeat but interesting movie. The first third recalls Max Ophuls' Caught, the middle Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity, and conclusion Samuel Fuller's Shock Corridor. Jeff Hunter is a computer whiz working in some top-secret aerospace concern run by sinister mogul Dana Andrews. One night Hunter finds a car stalled on a railroad track with a woman (Anne Francis) passed out inside. He rescues her, and she turns out to be Andrews' wife, who was making a suicide attempt. Major complications ensue, with romantic involvement leading to attempts to "gaslight" Hunter which in turn engender a plot to murder Andrews. Viveca Lindfors turns up as an enigmatic psychoanalyst in this roiling plot that, in the spirit of the 60s, poses the question, "Is insanity contagious?"

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