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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lillian Reynolds
Alex Terson
Jordan Christopher ...
Gordy Forbes
Donald Hotton ...
Landan Marks
Robert Jenkins
Joe Dorsey ...
Hal Abramson
Bill Morey ...
James Zimbach
Chris Brace
Security Technician
Lou Walker ...
Stacey Kuhne-Adams ...
John Hugh ...
Animal Lab Technician
Ira David Wood III ...
Barry (as David Wood)


Brilliant researchers Lillian Reynolds and Michael Brace have developed a system of recording and playing back actual experiences of people. Once the capability of tapping into "higher brain functions" is added in, and you can literally jump into someone else's head and play back recordings of what he or she was thinking, feeling, seeing, etc., at the time of the recording, the applications for the project quickly spiral out of control. While Michael Brace uses the system to become close again to Karen Brace, his estranged wife who also works on the project, others start abusing it for intense sexual experiences and other logical but morally questionable purposes. The government tries to kick Michael and Lillian off the project once the vast military potential of the technology is discovered. It soon becomes obvious that the government is interested in more than just missile guidance systems. The lab starts producing mind torture recordings and other psychosis inducing material. When ... Written by Eric van bezooijen <>

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Release Date:

30 September 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Gordon Forbes Tapes  »

Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)


$8,900,000 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Natalie Wood died before filming was complete, thus the ending had to be constructed from scenes shot earlier. The film was dedicated to her memory. See more »


Several of the tapes play back from a third-person perspective, which would be impossible if the tapes were actually a person's recorded memory. See more »


[first lines]
Dr. Lillian Reynolds: Can you see better if I move it a little closer?
Dr. Michael Anthony Brace: I can see something. It's parts of the grid, but it's still rotating. It's not locking up.
Hal Abramson: Maybe we all need a little break, Lillian.
Dr. Lillian Reynolds: Hal, you take a break.
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Crazy Credits

After the final credit has rolled, 'TO NATALIE' appears for a couple seconds See more »


Referenced in The Making of 'Event Horizon' (2006) See more »

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I've been wanting to watch it again since 1983
8 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

The first and last time I saw this movie was back in 1983 and I've wanted to watch it again many times since then. I just couldnt remember the title , until someone here on IMDB reminded me.

I used to explain the plot to the guys at video rental places, and they would just stare at me as though I had gone nuts......

I then recently saw Flatliners and felt the urge to watch Brainstorm I did..... and I found it just as good as when I first saw it.

Of course there are a few bad points, but it is the idea behind the movie and the way it is projected that leaves you .......feeling......and thats rare for a movie these days.

If you're tired of the usual stuff being churned out by Hollywood, watch wont see anything like it.

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