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Paper Man (1971)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi  -  12 November 1971 (USA)
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A prank that starts with a group of college students creating a fictitious person so they can get a credit card develops into a plot that leaves three of them dead.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Avery Jensen
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Karen McMillan
James Stacy ...
Jerry
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Lisa
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Joel Fisher
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Art Fletcher
Jason Wingreen ...
Doctor
Dan Barton ...
Electronics Expert
Robert Patten ...
Father
Suzanne Taylor ...
Mother (as Sue Taylor)
Johnny Scott Lee ...
Avery as a Boy
Len Wayland ...
Executive
Dean Harens ...
Bureaucrat
Bob Golden ...
Deputy
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Secretary
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Storyline

Four college students take advantage of a credit card mistakenly issued to someone who doesn't exist, then use their university's computer to erase the charges they run up. But the computer seems to have some ideas of its own ... Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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12 November 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El hombre de papel  »

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1.33 : 1
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Released briefly in theaters in 1971. This is why the 20th Century Fox fanfare plays before the film begins on the video releases. The theatrical release runs an extra fifteen minutes than the television release version. See more »

Quotes

Joel Fisher: [getting the mail] Thank you. Joel Fisher... Joel Fisher... Joel Fisher... Henry Norman?
[voice over]
Joel Fisher: Well, let me tell you - I was just about to hand it back and say, "Hey, man - right box, wrong name" and then I felt it. One of those lovely plastic rectangles that spells out 'instant credit'. It seems that old big ugly, that giant computer that's trying to stick numbers on people had finally blew one and I must say it couldn't have happened to a nicer group even though it was a mistake.
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Well Done Thriller
15 January 2012 | by (L.A. CA) – See all my reviews

PAPER MAN was ahead of its time. A computer system ends up taking control over a scam a group of college students start with a stolen credit card. The movie is well acted and well written. Dean Stockwell is very good as the computer expert who first goes along with the con. Of course, for 1971, all the computer stuff is incredibly dated. The "computer" is actually two rooms full of equipment with flashing lights and reel and reel tape, computer cards, etc. Dean Stockwell even has to explain that he is "logging in". So, the dated computer aspect just makes it even more fun but the plot works. It's fun. It's well directed too. Check it out.


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