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The Last Days of Man on Earth (1973)
"The Final Programme" (original title)

 -  Sci-Fi | Thriller  -  1974 (USA)
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After the death of his Nobel Prize-winning father, billionaire physicist Jerry Cornelius becomes embroiled in the search for the mysterious "Final Programme", developed by his father. The ... See full summary »

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Jerry Cornelius
Jenny Runacre ...
Miss Brunner
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Maj. Wrongway Lindbergh
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John
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Professor Hira
Julie Ege ...
Miss Dazzle
Patrick Magee ...
Dr. Baxter
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Dr. Smiles
George Coulouris ...
Dr. Powys
Basil Henson ...
Dr. Lucas
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Frank
Gilles Millinaire ...
Dimitri
Ronald Lacey ...
Shades
Sandy Ratcliff ...
Jenny (as Sandy Ratcliffe)
Mary MacLeod ...
Nurse
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After the death of his Nobel Prize-winning father, billionaire physicist Jerry Cornelius becomes embroiled in the search for the mysterious "Final Programme", developed by his father. The programme, a design for a perfect, self-replicating human being, is contained on microfilm. A group of scientists, led by the formidable Miss Brunner (who consumes her lovers), has sought Cornelius's help in obtaining it. After a chase across a war-torn Europe on the verge of anarchy, Brunner and Cornelius obtain the microfilm from Jerry's loathsome brother Frank. They proceed to an abandoned underground Nazi fortress in the Arctic to run the programme, with Jerry and Miss Brunner as the subjects. Written by Bernard Keane <BKeane2@email.dot.gov.au>

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Miss Brunner: What are you going to do now?
Jerry Cornelius: Well, for a start, I'm going to sit here and get smashed out of my mind. And I also have it on very good authority that the world is coming to an end. I thought I'd go home and watch it on television.
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John Steed drops acid
26 December 1999 | by (Tucson, AZ, US) – See all my reviews

A shortened version of the film first released as The Final Programme, from Michael Moorcock's novel of that name. Jerry Cornelius is the perfect universal hero/anti-hero in a disintegrating world. His search for his father's invention involves him with his mad brother Frank and the sinister programmer, Miss Brunner. The acting is over the top (one reviewer described it as "rug-chewing"), hip, and outrageous. The flip, self-mocking style owes a great deal to The Avengers, The Prisoner, and possibly even the Beatles.


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