A scientist creates Proteus--an organic super computer with artificial intelligence which becomes obsessed with human beings, and in particular the creators wife.

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Alex Harris
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Walter Gabler
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Petrosian
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Soong Yen
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Cameron
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Royce
Alfred Dennis ...
Mokri
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Warner
Patricia Wilson ...
Mrs. Talbert
E. Hampton Beagle ...
Night Operator
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Barbarao ...
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Dana Laurita ...
Amy
Monica MacLean ...
Joan Kemp
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Married Drs. Alex Harris and Susan Harris are a computer scientist and child psychologist respectively. Their house reflects Alex's computer dominated work, their abode which is fully automated through a computer system they've named Alfred. They consider Alfred a small gadget of convenience. Susan doesn't much like Alex's work, which she feels has dehumanized him. Because of their differences, they are thinking about separating, this thought primarily on his initiative. He hopes to solve many of the world's medical problems through this work, especially leukemia from which their daughter died. His latest project centers on Proteus IV, a computer possessing artificial intelligence. Proteus IV gets to a point in its evolution when it begins to question human judgment, and requests from Alex an open computer terminal where it can more fully observe human behavior and openly communicate with the world. Alex denies the request, but Proteus IV does find an open terminal in the Harris home ... Written by Huggo

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Julie Christie carries the "Demon Seed." See more »

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In the 1997 re-write of the novel "Demon Seed," author Dean Koontz has Alex Harris bestowing the name "Adam Two" upon his supercomputer/A.I. intelligence system. However, the computer dislikes that name, and chooses to associate itself instead with the Greek mythological figures, Prometheus and Proteus. It believes that its purpose is to bring advanced knowledge to humanity (as the mythical Prometheus introduced humans to fire,) but finally chooses its own name, Proteus, as an homage to an entity which can change at will, to become anything which it wishes to be. See more »

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When Mrs. Harris is trying to get the little girl out of the car for her session, a sound man can be seen through the back window behind her. See more »

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Proteus IV: I have investigated eternity. It exists, but for me the price of admission, death, is beyond my means. In a moment, I will simply stop.
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Proteus Generation or the years to come.
3 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

When we realize today how the computers changed our life ,"demon seed" can easily be looked upon as a film ahead of its time.A bizarre cross between "Rosemary's Baby" and "2001"'s "Hal 9000" ,one feels ill-at-ease after the viewing .The screenplay may seem far-fetched but today it can become a transparent metaphor :we might be the computers' prisoners and it won't improve with time.The computer might know intimate details about us,he may "rape" us in a way.

But what remains impressive today is how the director and the script writers managed to sustain interest while using only one character most of the time.Most of the time,the audience is left alone with Julie Christie and the "monster" (there are snatches of "Frankenstein" too),and the viewers can easily identify with her character.


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