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The Terminal Man (1974)

PG | | Sci-Fi, Thriller | 19 June 1974 (USA)
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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Dr. Arthur McPherson
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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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The film never had a UK cinema release. See more »

Quotes

Benson: [mumbles]
Dr. John Ellis: [operating on Benson] What was that?
Dr. Robert Morris: Patient.
Dr. John Ellis: You all right, Mr. Benson?
Benson: [groggily] Fine... fine...
Dr. John Ellis: Any pain?
Benson: No...
Dr. John Ellis: Good. Just relax now.
Benson: You too doctor...
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Soundtracks

Goldberg Variation No. 25
by Johann Sebastian Bach (as J.S. Bach)
Played by Glenn Gould
Courtesy Columbia Records
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Brilliant - you could hang every shot on your wall
26 May 2004 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Sadly, I first saw this movie as I was chopping time from it so that the Sci-Fi channel could run an 88 minute movie in a 2 hour slot. I hadn't seen it or heard of it before that, and I was completely blown away. It was menacing, threatening and extremely sad. I found the 'slow' pacing quite beautiful, and I loved the way that the colour within each scene slowly built as the movie progressed. Compare the monochromatic open to the closing cemetery scene. Colour comes as his life slips away. Beautiful. Favourite scenes: the helicopter taking off at the very beginning; Dr. Ross lying asleep on her bed, in her amazing 70's house, in that fabulous dress; Harry standing in the tunnel waiting for his ride from Angela. Do not judge this movie by today's standards. Open your mind, be patient, and pray that electrodes 31 & 32 may one day run your life! If, like me, you have seen and liked Andreas Gursky's photographs, you'll like this film.


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