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Scanners -- Darryl Revok is the rogue leader of the world's 237 Scanners--who are capable of reading minds and inflicting incredible psychic torment--except one, who has been captured by a corporate entity bent on destroying the movement.


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Release Date:
14 January 1981 (USA) See more »
There are 4 billion people on earth. 237 are Scanners. They have the most terrifying powers ever created... and they are winning. See more »
A scientist sends a man with extraordinary psychic powers to hunt others like him. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
3 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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Jennifer O'Neill ... Kim Obrist

Stephen Lack ... Cameron Vale (as Steven Lack)

Patrick McGoohan ... Dr. Paul Ruth

Lawrence Dane ... Braedon Keller

Michael Ironside ... Darryl Revok
Robert A. Silverman ... Benjamin Pierce (as Robert Silverman)
Lee Broker ... Security One
Mavor Moore ... Trevellyan
Adam Ludwig ... Arno Crostic
Murray Cruchley ... Programmer 1 (as Lee Murray)
Fred Doederlein ... Dieter Tautz
Géza Kovács ... Killer in Record Store (as Geza Kovacs)
Sonny Forbes ... Killer in Attic (as Sony Forbes)
Jérôme Tiberghien ... Killer in Attic (as Jerome Tiberghien)
Denis Lacroix ... Killer in Barn
Elizabeth Mudry ... Killer in Barn
Victor Désy ... Dr. Gatineau (as Victor Desy)
Louis Del Grande ... First Scanner

Anthony Sherwood ... Scanner in Attic (as Tony Sherwood)
Ken Umland ... Scanner in Attic
Anne Anglin ... Scanner in Attic
Jock Brandis ... Scanner in Attic
Jack Messinger ... Scanner at Door
Victor Knight ... Dr. Frane
Karen Fullerton ... Pregnant Girl
Margaret Gadbois ... Woman in Mall
Terrance P. Coady ... Security 1 Car Passenger (as Terry Coady)
Steve Michaels ... Security 1 Car Driver
Malcolm Nelthorpe ... Ray, Security 2 Car Driver
Nicholas Kilbertus ... Security 2 Car Partner (as Nickolas Kilbertus)
Don Buchsbaum ... Large Man in Mall
Roland Nincheri ... Large Man in Mall (as Rolland Nincheri)
Kimberly McKeever ... Hallucinating Guard
Robert Boyd ... Hallucinating Guard
Graham Batchelor ... Yoga Technician
Dean Hagopian ... CONSEC Programmer 2

Alex Stevens ... CONSEC Programmer 3
Neil Affleck ... Medical Student in Mall
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Brasington ... Hazmat-Suit Worker (uncredited)

Chris Britton ... Hazmat-Suit Worker (uncredited)
Jack Canon ... Hazmat-Suit Worker (uncredited)
Richard Chapman Jr. ... Hazmat-Suit Worker (uncredited)
Leon Herbert ... Hazmat-Suit Worker (uncredited)

William Hope ... Hazmat-Suit Worker (uncredited)

Thomas Kovacs ... Boyfriend (uncredited)
Ian McQue ... Scanner / Security Guard (uncredited)
Sam Stone ... Security Guard (uncredited)

Directed by
David Cronenberg 
Writing credits
David Cronenberg (written by)

Produced by
Pierre David .... executive producer
Claude Héroux .... producer (as Claude Heroux)
Victor Solnicki .... executive producer
Original Music by
Howard Shore 
Cinematography by
Mark Irwin (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ronald Sanders 
Art Direction by
Carol Spier 
Costume Design by
Delphine White 
Makeup Department
Stephan Dupuis .... special makeup
Brigitte McCaughry .... makeup artist
Constant Natale .... hair stylist
Tom Schwartz .... special makeup
Dick Smith .... special makeup effects consultant
Chris Walas .... special makeup
Production Management
Don Buchsbaum .... production manager
Jean Savard .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jim Kaufman .... first assistant director
Anne Murphy .... third assistant director
Michael A. Williams .... second assistant director (as Mike Williams)
Art Department
Alfred .... set designer
Peter Borowski .... sculptor
Jean Bourret .... property master
Peter Bray .... set dresser
Serge Bureau .... assistant set dresser
Michel Comte .... assistant propsman
Tom Coulter .... sculptor
Peter Dowker .... sculptor
Melanie Johnson .... assistant set dresser
Barbara Jones .... assistant art director
Michael Joy .... draughtsman
Claude Simard .... construction supervisor
Ernie Tomlinson .... assistant propsman
Sound Department
Charles Bowers .... sound editor
Peter Burgess .... sound editing supervisor
Terry Burke .... assistant sound editor
Don Cohen .... sound
Paul Coombe .... sound re-recordist
Gary Daprato .... assistant sound editor
Mike Hoogenboom .... sound re-recordist
Peter Jermyn .... sound editor
Bruce Nyznik .... sound editor
Gabor Vadnay .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Don Berry .... special effects assistant
Louis Craig .... special effects assistant
Jacques Godbout .... special effects assistant
Dennis Pike .... micro effects
Gary Zeller .... special effects
Alex Stevens .... stunt coordinator
Céline Fournier .... stunt woman (uncredited)
Gary Hymes .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jock Brandis .... gaffer
François Dupéré .... key grip (as Francois Dupere)
Denis Fugere .... still photographer
Maris H. Jansons .... grip (as Maris Jansons)
Claude Langlois .... best boy
Robin Miller .... first assistant camera
Michel Périard .... grip (as Michel Periard)
Lynn Rotin .... apprentice assistant camera
Arshad Shaw .... electrician
Gregory Villeneuve .... second assistant camera
Casting Department
Ginette D'Amico .... casting assistant
Muriel Fournier .... casting assistant
Daniel Hausmann .... casting: Montreal
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Fabienne April .... assistant dresser
Renée April .... dresser
Blanche-Danielle Boileau .... costume assistant (as Blanche Boileau)
Editorial Department
Robert Boyd .... assistant editor
Chris Hutton .... assistant editor
Thomas Metzger .... color timer
Bill Wiggins .... post-production coordinator
Transportation Department
Armand Thomas .... driver: action vehicles
Charles Toupin .... driver captain
Other crew
Neil Bibby .... production assistant
Victor Blazevic .... production assistant
France Boudreau .... continuity
Robert Boyd .... assistant: Mr. Cronenberg
Christine Burt .... location manager
Pierre David .... presenter
Patrick Ferrerro .... production assistant
Kay Gray .... unit publicist
Nerses Kolanian .... production assistant
Guy Landry .... production assistant
Glendon Light .... production assistant
Marilyn Majerczyk .... production assistant
Serge Major .... production accountant
Kim Obrist .... assistant: Mr. Heroux
Danièle Rohrbach .... production coordinator (as Daniele Rohrbach)
Nick Rose .... production assistant
Victor Solnicki .... presenter
Claire Veillet .... production assistant
Crew verified as complete

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103 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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Australia:R | Brazil:16 | Canada:R | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | Finland:K-15 (DVD rating) | Finland:K-18 (original rating) (1981) | France:12 | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2007) | Hungary:16 | Iceland:(Banned) | Italy:VM14 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:16 (cut) | Norway:15 (2003) (DVD rating) | Portugal:M/16 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:18 (original rating)

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David Cronenberg once called this the most frustrating film he'd ever made. The film was rushed through production - filming had to begin without a finished script and end within roughly two months so the financing would qualify as a tax write-off, forcing Cronenberg to write and shoot at the same time. Cronenberg also cited difficulty with and antagonism between the leads, particularly Patrick McGoohan and Jennifer O'Neill.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: When Cameron Vale first visits Kim Obrist, before going up the stairs to meet her, some lighting equipment and the boom microphone is reflected in the glass door as it closes behind him.See more »
Cameron Vale:Then what did you need Keller for?
Darryl Revok:ConSec had hardware. It had contacts. Keller could see the future.
Cameron Vale:The future? You murdered the future.
Darryl Revok:That's negative, Cam. Defeatist. Disappoints me to hear you talk that way. You're starting to sound like them.
Darryl Revok:[continues talking while walking through the room. Cameron takes a stone paperweight in his hands from Revok's desk and observes it] There's a whole generation of scanners soldiers just a few months away from being born. We'll find them. Train them to be like us. Not like Obrist and their band of cripples. We'll bring the world of normals to their knees. We'll build an empire so brilliant, so glorious. We'll be the envy of the whole planet.
Cameron Vale:You sound just like him. Like Ruth.
Darryl Revok:No, not like him.
[furiously yelling]
Darryl Revok:Like Revok, Darryl Revok!
Cameron Vale:No. Like him. It's as though he's been reincarnated in you.
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Excellent Scary Movie!!, 28 October 2008
Author: fluna1030 from Tucson, AZ. some movie admirers, this one is a keeper as well as a big favorite!! Anyways, released in 1981, this is the story of a man named Cameron Vale played by Stephen Lack. Like some like him, he possesses a power or a talent.....whichever you decide. He is introduced to Dr. Paul Ruth. A consultant at "Con Sec" who works with these persons known as "Scanners". He (Vale) is sent out into the world to find, convert & send over to ConSec. However, there is another Scanner by the name of Daryl Revok...played wonderfully by Michael Ironside who is on the same trail of other scanners but there's a twist. Revok is trying to convert other scanners to his cause.....but the ones who don't, well,......take it from there. Written & Directed by David Cronenberg, Scanners has made a name for itself ....especially in this one scene where a man (who works for ConSec) asks for volunteers to demonstrate the "scanning techniques". BE WARNED! This particular scene is NOT for the squeamish. Aside from that, Scanners is a movie that is sure to shock as well as scare you. I still have a 1st. edition VHS copy of this movie released on Embassy Home Video. It has since been released on DVD courtesy of MGM Home Video...and it's in Letterbox. This is a movie that definitely belongs in any collection. ....oh, by the way, Jennifer O'neill is as pretty as ever in this movie. Enjoy!!

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