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Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970)

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Thinking this will prevent war, the US government gives an impenetrable supercomputer total control over launching nuclear missiles. But what the computer does with the power is unimaginable to its creators.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Cleo Markham
The President
CIA Director Grauber
Leonid Rostoff ...
Russian Chairman
Dr. John F. Fisher
Willard Sage ...
Dr. Blake
Alex Rodine ...
Dr. Kuprin
Dr. Jefferson J. Johnson (as Martin Brooks)
Angela Fields
Dolph Sweet ...
Missile Commander
Byron Morrow ...
Secretary of State
Lew Brown ...
Sid McCoy ...
Secretary of Defense
Tom Basham ...
Thomas L. Harrison


Forbin is the designer of an incredibly sophisticated computer that will run all of America's nuclear defenses. Shortly after being turned on, it detects the existence of Guardian, the Soviet counterpart, previously unknown to US Planners. Both computers insist that they be linked, and after taking safeguards to preserve confidential material, each side agrees to allow it. As soon as the link is established the two become a new Super computer and threaten the world with the immediate launch of nuclear weapons if they are detached. Colossus begins to give its plans for the management of the world under its guidance. Forbin and the other scientists form a technological resistance to Colossus which must operate underground. Written by John Vogel <>

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This is the dawning of the Age of Colossus (where peace is compulsory... freedom is forbidden... and Man's greatest invention could be Man's greatest mistake). See more »


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10 July 1970 (West Germany)  »

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The Day the World Changed Hands  »

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The many prominent blue and gray "consoles" (the ones with a rotary knob on the right side) for Colossus are cannibalized console panels from several IBM 1620 computers remounted on prop "computers". See more »


When Colossus is learning math, Harrison is standing across from Forbin. He is asked to get a printout. When he comes back to Forbin he stands next to him, yet there is a quick shot of him standing across from Forbin and then in the next shot he is standing next to Forbin. See more »


Dr. Forbin: Colossus deals in the exact meaning of words, and one must know precisely what to ask for.
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Referenced in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) See more »

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Man vs machine. Intelligence can be dangerous wisdom.
3 November 2001 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

This is an under rated Sci-Fi gem. Absolutely powerful story line leaving no room for cob webs in your mind. Dr. Charles Forbin(Eric Braeden)puts his life's work into creating a super intelligent computer that links up with a similar machine created by the U.S.S.R. and tries to hold the world hostage. Dramatic dialogue and crafty schemes seem just enough to outwit the computerized meglomaniac. Tension is tight and privacy is a cherished commodity.

Braeden, who later would become a major TV soap opera character Victor Newman, is outstanding in this role. Susan Clark plays one of his co-workers and pretends to be his lover in trying to fool the computer. Gordon Pinsent plays the concerned President, while Lenoid Rostoff plays his Russian counterpart. William Schallert is the calm and cordial Director of the CIA. Other notables in the cast are Marion Ross and Georg Stanford Brown. If you get the chance to see this Cold War all means check it out. If you want to leave your brain at the door, forget will need it.

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