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The Questor Tapes (1974)

Project Questor is the brainchild of the genius Dr. Vaslovik: he developed plans to build an android super-human. Although he has disappeared and half of he programming tape was erased in ... See full summary »

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Project Questor is the brainchild of the genius Dr. Vaslovik: he developed plans to build an android super-human. Although he has disappeared and half of he programming tape was erased in the attempt to decode it, his former colleagues continue the project and finally succeed in creating Questor. However, Vaslovik seems to have installed a secret program in Questor's brain: He flees and starts to search for Vaslovik. Since half of his knowledge is missing, he needs the help of Jerry Robinson, who is now suspected of having stolen the android. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Ein Computer wird gejagt  »

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In the scene in a London gambling house, starting with the $26 Jerry Robinson has left, Questor's four rolls of the dice would have given them a final winning result of $1,599,104.00 (26x8x8x31x31) As his total playing time is approximately 2:30, this is a return rate of 10,660.69 per second. See more »

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In the scene supposedly in London (obviously a set in Hollywood), a neon sign reads "Jewelers", with the American spelling. A real British sign would read "Jewellers". See more »

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Jerry Robinson: Do you understand the implications of all this? Suppose Vaslovik isn't a good man.
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Jerry Robinson: Suppose he isn't even sane.
Questor: One's creator not sane... An interesting question. How would you answer that query in your own case, my friend?
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sci-fi robo mystery/suspense
20 June 1999 | by (Maryland, USA) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite films of all times.

An android is assembled from the instructions left behind by its designer. The team assembling it is made up of his assistant and a group of other cybernetics experts. The technology is highly advanced and no one is greatly surprised when the android fails to "activate" - just disappointed.

Later on in the film more comes out about the origins of the android and its "purpose" as defined by its creator. The conflict of the film is between man and machine, and man versus man. Perhaps the standard motivations apply. There is a very large-scale allegory as a backdrop to the main story that is eventually revealed. The android and its creator are not all that they seem. They are more than they appear to be.

The assistant is loyal, dutiful, and moral. Almost all the other people are not.

There is plenty of action as the assistant and his eventual partner struggle to do the right thing, and just survive.

There is nothing camp about the film and it is in no way a spoof of anything. It does have a lot of futuristic technology, at least in the lab. Pretty much what we would expect of the 21st century. Except maybe for magnetic "computer tapes": too old-fashioned today! They are already becoming an anachronism.

If you liked any of these films you will probably also like this one: Westworld, Futureworld, The Stepford Wives, or The Terminator - then you will probably like this one.


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