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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Cleo Markham
The President
CIA Director Grauber
Leonid Rostoff ...
Russian Chairman
Dr. John F. Fisher
Dr. Blake
Alex Rodine ...
Dr. Kuprin
Dr. Jefferson J. Johnson (as Martin Brooks)
Angela Fields
Dolph Sweet ...
Missile Commander
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 <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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Release Date:

10 July 1970 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

The Day the World Changed Hands  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Universal later reused the footage of Colussus being activated as part of Cyborg: The Six Million Dollar Man. Before they begin operating on Steve Austin to attach his bionic limbs, the entire activation sequence from Colossus is used. See more »


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 »


Colossus: All commercial television and radio transmission facilities throughout the world will be tied into my communications system by 1000 hours Friday. At that time I will state my intentions for the future of mankind.
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Referenced in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) See more »

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A thought provoking film that stubbornly refuses to be dated
24 January 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have recently watched Colossus for the first time in many years and find it still a classic for sci-fi purists. It seems sad to me in these days of 'explosion' sci-fi that there is little or no room for this type of 'conference room' drama.

Although the premise is a very old one in the manner of man creating machine in his own image, this film presents the story in the psychological and political arenas. The film is not overlong, yet the characters and their futility to stop the unstoppable is clearly developed. Although the technology of 1969 is the back drop for this tale, the message of Colossus comes through to us in our modern age of computers in every home. Like a Shakespeare play in a manner of speaking.

We are much wiser about computers nowadays though, and we grudgingly admit that trusting the red button is far better in the hands of men than machines if such things must be. So commissioning a project of this type would be ludicrous and far from plausible in the first place.

So why is this movie good then to myself and the other reviewers? Even though we may not create a defense system in this way, it seems to predict a visage of something that is yet to come. And it's a frightful one. The first words of Colossus says it best 'There is another system'.

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