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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 ...
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Jenny Bannerman
Scott Forbes ...
Richard Bannerman
Joe McPartland ...
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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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Docu-Drama Style Renders the Movie Routine but Oddly Warm and Inviting
20 June 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Tone of the Movie is About the Same as the Tone of the Response from Movie Critics and Audiences. Tepid, Mildly Engaging, with a Detached but Detailed Observation. The Film Relies on a Documentary Style and Approach where Things are Observed, Unembellished, and Matter of Fact.

Occasionally, it Does Manage to Draw Interest When the Boring and Predictable Become More Lively and Intriguing. The Wakening of a Man from a 30 Year Coma (since birth) and the Clinical Nurturing and "Upbringing" Asks the Scientific and Sociological Questions One Would Expect, and the Answers are and Those That One Would Expect from a Textbook.

The Film Does Have a Serious Sense of Purpose and Some Fine Performances with Leads Terence Stamp and Robert Vaughn Excellent. But In the End it is All About Entertainment and the Movie, Going Against Conventional Wisdom and Trends, Delivers a Docu-Drama with the Emphasis on "Docu".

It Anticipates Reality TV's Cold and Truthful Camera Without Today's "Spontaneous" Slight of Hand that Keeps it From Being Really "Reality". You Can Only Get That from a Hidden Camera. This Film is Worth a Watch for the Good Acting and Sleek Production, but the Decision to Go "Low Key" did Leave Audiences a bit Disappointed.

But it's Just Off-Beat Enough to Allow a Recommendation. It Took a Chance and it Almost Succeeds, but Not Quite and was a Noble Effort.


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