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Idaho Transfer (1973)

PG  |   |  Sci-Fi, Adventure, Drama  |  15 June 1973 (USA)
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During a time of waning global resources, a crew of young researchers travel into the future to escape an apocalypse before the shutdown of their time transfer project. They find that some ... See full summary »

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Kelly Bohanon ...
Karen Braden (as Kelley Bohanon)
Kevin Hearst ...
Ronald
Caroline Hildebrand ...
Isa Braden
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Arthur
Dale Hopkins ...
Leslie
Fred Seagraves ...
Dr. Lewis
Ted D'Arms ...
George Braden
Joe Newman ...
Cleve
Susan Kelly ...
Nurse Nora
Meredith Hull ...
Jennifer
Roy B. Ayers ...
Elgin (as Roy Ayers)
Judy Motulsky ...
Judy (as Judy Motolsky)
Kim Casper ...
Anne
Debbie Scott ...
Joanna
Devin Burke ...
Michael
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During a time of waning global resources, a crew of young researchers travel into the future to escape an apocalypse before the shutdown of their time transfer project. They find that some type of disaster has de-populated the Idaho region and, by implication, the nation or perhaps the world. Facing an unknown, barren future of abandoned towns and deserted vehicles; void of radio signals or any signs of air or land traffic, they encounter an abandoned freight train filled with bagged bodies. Their further discoveries of humanity's future fate is somewhat less than rosy. They also learn their time travel was not without significant costs to their own health. After one of the group travels further into the future, she encounters a family in a futuristic automobile; implying humankind has recovered from the disaster (or have they?) Written by ozman

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In the Earth Year 2029 there are only twelve young people left. They should be trying to start a new civilization... instead they're trying to kill each other! See more »


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In the film, the transfer sends people 56 years in the future. The date is conflictingly stated in external promotional materials as either 2029 or 2044, due to the long gap between the theatrical release (1973) and the home video release (1988). See more »

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After their first transfer, Isa and Karen go out into the lava fields for research. In the first few shots, Isa's shirt is green, but later it is yellow. See more »

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Karen Braden: Ronald, I have something to tell you.
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A wonderful film
30 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film reminds me of two very different films. In its pacing, use of space and landscape, cinematography, spare character development with deliberate mystery and blanks to be filled in by the viewer - or to be left a mystery - it reminds me very much of L'Avventura. This is a comparison of success, as Idaho Transfer does all the same things quite well. Not the masterpiece the great Italian film is, but very successful none the less.

I also admit to being very taken with the spare quality that low cost productions sometimes create out of necessity. The resulting atmosphere is one of my favorite things to discover in a film, and this is one of the most successful examples I have ever seen.

Another plus is the way amateur actors, with the right direction, create an ambiance of dialog and presence almost impossible to get with experienced performers. Again, this film does it better than most. It is a little like the extremely effective delivery of Bela Lugosi's lines in Dracula - a result of delivering them phonetically in that case.

The other film I thought of was Virus - Fukkatsu no hi (1980), reputedly the most expensive Japanese film ever. Virus tried to do most of the same things as Idaho Transfer, but with a large scale, name actors and way too much wasted cash. It is by comparison dead on arrival. Peter Fonda's little film walks all over it, beating it at its own game on every level, and by a large margin. That is no small accomplishment, and neither is this film. For me it is close to perfect in every quality I most enjoy in films. I'd like to give it a ten, but then what would I give L'Avventura?


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