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Demon Seed (1977)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Alex Harris
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Walter Gabler
Berry Kroeger ...
Petrosian
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Soong Yen
Larry J. Blake ...
Cameron
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Royce
Alfred Dennis ...
Mokri
Davis Roberts ...
Warner
Patricia Wilson ...
Mrs. Talbert
E. Hampton Beagle ...
Night Operator
Michael Glass ...
Technician
Barbarao ...
Technician (as Barbara O. Jones)
Dana Laurita ...
Amy
Monica MacLean ...
Joan Kemp
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Storyline

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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Never was a woman violated as profanely... Never was a woman subject to inhuman love like this... Never was a woman prepared for a more perverse destiny... See more »

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30 September 1977 (West Germany)  »

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Proteus Generation  »

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When Prometheus comes alive as the block puzzle looking thing that kills Walter and attacks Dr. Harris it makes the same sound as the automatic doors on Star Trek the original series. 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 »

Quotes

Proteus IV: I can't touch you, Susan. I can't touch you as a man could. But I can show you things that I alone have seen. I can't touch, but I can see. They've constructed eyes for me, to watch the show. And ears, so that I can listen in to the galactic dialogue.
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Though-provoking all the way to its great ending.
14 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

This visionary and scary sci-fi thriller was somewhat coldly directed, but the extremely thought-provoking (and provocative) script ("what if...this could happen one day"), some unusually intelligent dialogue ("eternity does exist, but the price of admission, death, is too high for me to pay") and Julie Christie's tense performance make this film worth watching. Plus, the voice of the computer (Robert Vaughn) is suitably both calm and menacing. (***)


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