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The Happiness Cage (1972)

PG | | Drama, Sci-Fi | 28 June 1972 (USA)
A German scientist works on a way of quelling overly aggressive soldiers by developing implants that directly stimulate the pleasure centers of the brain.

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Privatz James H. Reese
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Dr. Frederick
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The Major
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Sergeant Boford Miles
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Lawrence Shannon - orderly
Bette Henritze ...
Anna Kraus
Susan Travers ...
Nurse Schroeder
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Medic
Birthe Neumann ...
Lisa (as Birthe Newmann)
Claus Nissen ...
Army Psychiatrist
Vibeke Juul Bengtsson ...
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Katherine Argo
Norman Mackie
Leslie Ogle
Torben Hundal
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A German scientist works on a way of quelling overly aggressive soldiers by developing implants that directly stimulate the pleasure centers of the brain.

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Sometimes the cure is deadlier than the disease.

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The Major: Frankly, who would miss him?
Dr. Frederick: Who would miss him? Who, indeed. God help lonely people.
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After the end credits have rolled, over a freeze-frame of Private Reese, a Newsweek magazine cover picturing a monkey titled "Probing the Brain" is displayed, along with the text "In 1954, two Canadian scientists discovered that the brain contained areas of pleasure and of pain. Since then, in research institutes, hospitals, and sanitariums all over the world, electrical wires have been placed into the brains of guinea pigs, rabbits, monkeys......and humans." See more »

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Worthwhile if flawed drama.
25 January 2000 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

A bit talky, but certainly well acted and thought provoking.

Walken, looking all of 19, does his usual standout performance in this ethical drama. While not without it's drawbacks - the pace is a bit slow at times and the score is annoying, the questions raised about the ethics used by both the well-meaning Doctor and the frightening military will certainly cause future reflection.


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