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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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Director:
Writer:
David Cronenberg (written by)
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Release Date:
14 January 1981 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
There are 4 billion people on earth. 237 are Scanners. They have the most terrifying powers ever created... and they are winning. See more »
Plot:
A scientist sends a man with extraordinary psychic powers to hunt others like him. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
3 wins & 9 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Another Cronenberg Classic Worth Seeing Repeatedly See more (153 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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
 
Stunts
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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Runtime:
103 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
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) | Portugal:M/16 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:18 (original rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The Jennifer O'Neill character, Kim Obrist, is named after the assistant to the producer (Kim Obrist).See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Paul Ruth:I want you to access the Ripe program. I do not have ConSec computer clearance.
Cameron Vale:Neither do I.
Paul Ruth:But you do have a nervous system. And so does a computer. And you can scan a computer, as you would another human being.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Fringe: The Cure (#1.6)" (2008)See more »

FAQ

What is a "scanner"?
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23 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Another Cronenberg Classic Worth Seeing Repeatedly, 5 March 2007
Author: gavin6942 from United States

After a renegade scanner named Revok (a mutant human with advanced mental powers) causes another man's head to explode, he is hunted by a second scanner hired by a semi-secret scientific organization. Meanwhile, other scanners are picked off one by one, and the hunter is left with great moral and existential questions -- where did he come from, what is his purpose and is there a right or wrong side in this human/mutant battle?

Director David Cronenberg can seemingly do no wrong. As I watch one film after another of his, I wait to find one that is the pock mark on the perfect career. Some of his films (such as "Rabid" or perhaps "Stereo") may be of less quality than others, but I have yet to find one that is outright bad. "Scanners", for the record, ranks among his best and has become a cultural staple.

You know you are a culturally important film when you are referenced by "Wayne's World". But seriously, this film is a science fiction story that -- like many science fiction stories -- holds some greater cultural and moral issues worth investigating.

The issue of racism is here. Like the recent "X-Men" movies, and many other films, the idea of someone who is different in a superficial way (scanners look like ordinary humans) and is rejected raises the point that we as a society need to accept those who are not like us. Racism stinks, whether it appear in its purest form (skin color) or through religion or other means. And that is what makes this film so clever: the main character is a hero, but yet he is the outcast -- in some ways we see him as being more human than those who would have him killed.

This also happens to be a film that focuses on one of Cronenberg's strong points: his love of science. Or perhaps science gone wrong, if you will. Does any other director really tackle this as effectively as Cronenberg? I don't think so. (Imagine what would happen if he started making a series of Philip K. Dick novels into films.)

I suppose I did not really get into the film itself so much, but the beauty of the film is that what you take away from it if you view it critically is so much more than the plot or effects or lighting. Yes, you have a great cast (isn't Michael Ironside creepy?) and a head explodes. Yes, you have gun fights and mind control. Even a little bit of romance (but only just a pinch, nothing like a Goldblum-Davis connection in this one).

If you cannot tell, I want you to see this movie. If you're the type of person I am, you'll find this movie so smooth and refreshing on your mental palette that the film ends before you've even realized it began -- the sign of a really great film (or a really short one, which this isn't). Give it a chance, you'll like it.

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