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Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970)

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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A supercomputer designed for the U.S. government decides that the most effective way it can protect the country is to assume complete control.

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Dr. Cleo Markham
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The President
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CIA Director Grauber
Leonid Rostoff ...
Russian Chairman
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Dr. John F. Fisher
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Dr. Blake
Alex Rodine ...
Dr. Kuprin
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Dr. Jefferson J. Johnson (as Martin Brooks)
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Angela Fields
Dolph Sweet ...
Missile Commander
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Secretary of State
Lew Brown ...
Peterson
Sid McCoy ...
Secretary of Defense
Tom Basham ...
Thomas L. Harrison
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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 <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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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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Trivia

Producer Stanley Chase said that while it's frightening to suppose a computer could take over the world, it was indeed possible. His technical advisor said that a machine like Colossus actually existed at that time. The model for Colossus was supposedly the NORAD system that controlled the US national defense systems, and that's why the computer programming center in the film was located in the Rocky Mountains (which is also the home of NORAD). The US government wouldn't allow a film crew on the NORAD grounds, so the exteriors were filmed at the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, California. The missile sites were photographed in the California desert near Palmdale. See more »

Goofs

When the helicopter lands on Isla Tiberina Roma in Rome, Italy, and the door opens, reflections of set lighting can briefly be seen on the Plexiglas window panels. See more »

Quotes

[Standing in front of monitor, after undressing to enter his bedroom for "private time" with Cleo]
Dr. Forbin: Naked as the day I was born. Are you satisfied now?
Colossus: You were not born with a watch.
Dr. Forbin: [smiles, removes watch] How right you are...
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Referenced in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (2010) See more »

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The most underrated movie ever made
29 November 2004 | by (fort Lauderdale) – See all my reviews

The Forbin Project has just come out on DVD, anybody who has not already seen it has 24 hours to do so before they must hang their head in shame. The movie is 35 years old now but it is still the most intelligent and accurate portrayal of Artificial Intelligence ever put on film. In my opinion this is one of the best movies ever made, without a doubt it is the most underrated movie ever made. Be warned however this film will scare you; there is no blood or gore and the special effects are primitive by modern standards, but if The Forbin Project does not scare your brain then you have not understood it.

This is one of the very rare occasions when the movie is better, much much better, than the book. When I read the book years ago I remember thinking the premise was great and with a few changes it could be really great, but as it is the book is mediocre at best. With genius you wouldn't expect B grade moviemakers to have they kept all the brilliant parts and eliminated all the stupid parts. This movie has stood the test of time extraordinarily well.


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