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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 ... See full summary »

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Lillian Reynolds
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Alex Terson
Jordan Christopher ...
Gordy Forbes
Donald Hotton ...
Landan Marks
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Robert Jenkins
Joe Dorsey ...
Hal Abramson
Bill Morey ...
James Zimbach
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Chris Brace
Darrell Larson ...
Security Technician
Lou Walker ...
Chef
Stacey Kuhne-Adams ...
Andrea
John Hugh ...
Animal Lab Technician
Ira David Wood III ...
Barry (as David Wood)
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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 <eric@webmethods.com>

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30 September 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Gordon Forbes Tapes  »

Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$8,900,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The "tape machines" were loaned to Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983), which was being filmed on an adjacent set. See more »

Goofs

When Lillian is recording her death, the tape reel is almost empty and it only records for about 30 seconds. After the funeral, when Brace and Hal are in the lab , the reel on the table is full. Then later, when we see the tape reel in the tape lab, it's almost empty again. See more »

Quotes

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

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Repairing a broken marriage
5 April 2003 | by (London) – See all my reviews

I have read comments about this film and am a little bemused as to how no one has talked about what the film is really about. Christopher Walken's character Mike is given insight (unintentionally)via the technology as to why his marriage has broken up. He pieces together memories in order to enter a new romance with his wife Karen played by Natalie Wood. The key scene is when he asks Karen to put on the headset and clear her mind and they record her thoughts for 30 seconds. Mike then puts on the headset and replays the tape. He is suddenly aware of his dismissive manner to his wife(from her POV) and then taken back to an argument years ago where he shouts at her that she 'can have the house, the car, take it all!'. When he takes off the headset he becomes angry as he is forced to cope with his new feelings and does not know how to deal with them. From that moment on he changes and becomes more aware of his wife's feelings. He also realises that he can actually record his feelings on to tape at this point and goes about recording tender memories from their past together. When he gives Karen the tape and she asks what is on it, Mike replies 'It's me'. They are drawn even closer together through the death of a colleague(Louise Fletcher)who records her death experience on tape . His wife Karen is behind him all the way and supports his decision to play the recording because she knows how much it means to her husband even though it might kill him. Through all this mayhem Mike gets to play the tape with his wife at his side.

This is the central story of what I think is a very powerful and uplifting film.


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