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The Mind of Mr. Soames (1970)

GP  -  Sci-Fi | Drama  -  26 March 1971 (Ireland)
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A man who has been in a coma since infancy is awakened.

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John Soames
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Dr. Bergen
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Dr. Maitland
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Thomas Fleming
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Joe Allan
Norman Jones ...
Davis
Dan Jackson ...
Nicholls
Vickery Turner ...
Naomi
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Jenny Bannerman
Scott Forbes ...
Richard Bannerman
Joe McPartland ...
Inspector Moore
Pamela Moiseiwitsch ...
Girl on Train (as Pamela Moseiwitsch)
Billy Cornelius ...
Sgt. Clifford
Jon Croft ...
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Esmond Webb ...
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Since his birth, 30 years ago, John Soames is in a coma. Now he's operated and brought to life in a neurologic clinic. A tense plan shall make him develop from a 30 years old baby to a man, but there's no time for the love and care a normal baby would receive. He manages to flee... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Das zweite Leben des Mr. Soames  »

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A sleeper about a sleeper
27 January 1999 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

An underrated, pretty much forgotten movie that deserves to be better known. The premise - a 30 year-old man in a coma since birth suddenly awakened - had me hooked from the start. Terence Stamp gives an excellent performance as a baby in a man's body. How do you treat such a patient? Scientist Vaughn believes Stamp deserves a proper childhood, including play and affection. Scientist Davenport thinks that it's important that that Stamp be given an intense regular schedule of learning to catch up. It turns out both men are right (AND wrong). What happens in the second half of the movie will be foreseen by many viewers, but it's handled with intelligence and believability. Some viewers today may not be pleased with the ending, which is not cut-and-dried and sweetly happy. But it's not without hope, and it feels more real than any artificial ending that would probably be tacked on if the movie was made today.


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