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BrainWaves (1983)

 -  Sci-Fi | Thriller  -  August 1983 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Julian Bedford
Suzanna Love ...
Kaylie Bedford
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Marian Koonan
Ryan Seitz ...
Danny Bedford
Percy Rodrigues ...
Dr. Robinson
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Dr. Schroder
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Dr. Clavius
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Mrs. Simpson (as Eve Brent Ashe)
Nicholas Love ...
Willy Meiser
Corinne Wahl ...
Leila Adams (as Corinne Alphen)
Phillipe Carr ...
Doctor
Roger Burgraff ...
Speech Therapist
Michael DeFrancisco ...
George
Jason Fong ...
Grocery Clerk
Diane Doucette ...
Therapy Nurse
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After a traffic accident Kaylie is in coma for months. Her doctors want to try a new procedure on her: to regain her consciousness, they stimulate her brain with neural patterns of a woman who just died. It works, and Kaylie seems to be ok again. However in her dreams, she lives the last day of her savor - and realizes that she's been killed! Together with her husband she tries to find out what happened. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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John Huston was originally casted in the role of Dr. Clavius, but he became ill, so after that there was talks with Rock Hudson, but he wasn't available. Eventually Tony Curtis was cast. See more »

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[last lines]
Dr. Schroder: The new arrivals: heart... liver... brain.
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Disappointment from Lommel
9 October 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

BrainWaves (1983)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Rather confusing tale of a woman (Suzanna Love) who suffers brain damage after being struck by a car but a doctor (Tony Curtis) does a strange experiment on her, which appears to bring her back to normal. Soon after the experiment the young woman starts to have visions of another woman who was apparently murdered by someone with "X" tattoos on his wrist. This film comes off as somewhat of a disappointment after reading a few good reviews for it. The film runs a short 77-minutes but it felt much longer as the screenplay is all over the place and never really knows what to focus one. For starters, we have the mysterious woman who is murdered at the start of the movie. We then have Love's character who goes into a coma and then slowly starts to rebuild her life. We then have the nutty doctor doing the experiments. The film never really tells a straight story because it appears no one knew which story to really focus on. For a large portion of the film the murder is forgotten about as the woman tries to rebuild her life. We then get back into the murder aspect of the film but then everything about the coma takes a backseat and is pretty much forgotten. Love turns in another fine performance and makes the character interesting and worth watching. Vera Miles (PSYCHO) plays her mother and delivers a nice performance as well. On the DVD director Lommel talks about Curtis having a cocaine problem at the time of this movie being made and he also mentions that the actor didn't want any dialogue. This explains his horrible performance, which is all over the place and that includes the line delivery. It seems Curtis is extremely mad throughout the movie as he just comes off like he's ready to explode. There are a few nice technical moments including the death by electrocution but in the end I must admit that the film left me bored and unsatisfied. I'm really not sure who I'd recommend this movie to as it doesn't really work as a drama and the horror elements are so minor that most fans will be hitting the eject button early on.


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