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Hoping to cure his violent seizures, a man agrees to a series of experimental microcomputers inserted into his brain but inadvertently discovers that violence now triggers a pleasurable response his brain.

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Harry Benson
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Dr. John Ellis
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Dr. Arthur McPherson
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Dr. Ezra Manon
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Gerhard
Jim Antonio ...
Richards
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Benson's Guard
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Questioner No. 1
Dee Carroll ...
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As the result of a head injury, brilliant computer scientist Harry Benson begins to experience violent seizures. In an attempt to control the seizures, Benson undergoes a new surgical procedure in which a microcomputer is inserted into his brain. The procedure is not entirely successful. Written by Bruce Janson <bruce@cs.su.oz.au>

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Harry Benson is a brilliant computer scientist. For three minutes a day, he is violently homicidal.

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12 October 1974 (Japan)  »

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Aivoryöstö  »

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The film never had a UK cinema release. See more »

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2nd man behind door: They take Benson yet?
1st man behind door: This morning.
2nd man behind door: They really gonna put wires in his brain?
1st man behind door: Sure.
2nd man behind door: No shit!
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Referenced in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Initiative (1999) See more »

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Goldberg Variation No. 25
By Johann Sebastian Bach
Played by Glenn Gould
Courtesy Columbia Records
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Haywire & Empty Thriller.
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Based on the Michael Crichton novel, this adaptation(directed by "Get Carter" Mike Hodges) tells the story of computer programmer Harry Benson, who, in an attempt to cure his brain seizures, agrees to an experiment where he has micro-computers implanted in his brain, in order to correct the faulty brain chemistry. Things don't go as planned when his new mind starts to get pleasure from the violent impulses he now feels, and so escapes from the hospital, starting a desperate manhunt to prevent him from murdering anyone, and of course to cover-up the scientific failure.

George Segal is believable as Harry, and the rest of the cast is fine, and though Mike Hodges tries, this film is simply too dreary and downbeat to succeed, and by the end, there doesn't seem to have been any discernible point to it all.


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