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Prototype (1983)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Sci-Fi  -  7 December 1983 (USA)
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An intelligent android (Michael) constructed by a research team is taken outdoors and successfully passed off as human in a trial run. When the government hears of this, they order their ... See full summary »

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Dr. Carl Forrester
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Michael
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Dorothy Forrester
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Dr. Gene Pressman
Stephen Elliott ...
Dr. Arthur Jarrett
Doran Clark ...
Chris
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Dr. Rebecca Bishop
Arthur Hill ...
Gen. Keating
Ed Call ...
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Jonathan Estrin ...
Dr. Cooper
Richard Kuss ...
Harris
Pat McNamara ...
Landlord
Vahan Moosekian ...
Dr. Kirk
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An intelligent android (Michael) constructed by a research team is taken outdoors and successfully passed off as human in a trial run. When the government hears of this, they order their own set of tests in Washington. When the project leader realizes the military want the android for a soldier, he can't accept it, and he and Michael go into hiding to avoid their clutches. Written by Cynan Rees <cynanrees@hotmail.com>

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The future is not friendly

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A surprisingly thoughtful SF story that does not depend on special effects.
18 July 2008 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I, too, bought this movie out of some bargain bin and it lay around our house for quite some time before my wife and I watched it. We were, in a word, quite surprised and pleased to encounter a science fiction movie about an intelligent robot that for once did not rely on special effects to make its point.

"Prototype" is a thoughtful look, not only at the emotions of a man who has dedicated more or less his whole career to creating a human-like robot , but also at the thought processes of such a creature as it actually goes into the world and has to react with real people and situations. The story builds to an inevitable climax very smoothly.

The cast is quite good and the production values, such as they are (the budget was obviously rather low), do not detract at all from the story. In fact, a great deal of the story takes place out of doors or in real buildings, giving the whole film a touch of reality.

A great deal has been left unexplained, such as the building of the robot, which has already been accomplished as the story begins. One also wonders what powers the robot. The viewer must simply pass over that and concentrate on the existential dilemma of the robot and its creator.

I definitely recommend this movie. It is a pleasant change of pace from the current spate of SF films that depend so much on spectacular visual effects. "Prototype" is definitely an example of the thinking man's science fiction. Just the kind of story that John Campbell would have published in the old Astounding Science Fiction magazine. (Just to make sure that there is no misunderstanding, that is a compliment, considering how much of the maturity of modern science fiction resulted from Campbell's wise editorship of that great magazine.)


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