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Brainstorm (1983)

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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Cast

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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
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Security Technician
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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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The door to the mind is open! See more »

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Sci-Fi | Thriller

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30 September 1983 (USA)  »

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The Gordon Forbes Tapes  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$8,900,000 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The tape used in the tape machines is a variety of decorative tape made by 3M. 3M only sold it in four-inch widths, so it had to be slit by hand to two-inch widths to fit in the tape machines. When filmed, they were astounded at how gaudy it looked, so to dampen its brightness, the prop crew wound the tape back and forth across a sander to dull its brilliance. "One of those things that actually looked a lot better on film when we finished with it," Douglas Trumbull commented. See more »

Goofs

It is clear that Hal, upon being approached by Michael at the golf course just before his corroborated attempt to view the "death tape", has no idea what he is doing with the golf cart wheel. 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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References Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) See more »

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A Piece of My Mind
6 September 1999 | by (Bas-Rhin, Europe) – See all my reviews

I first watched Brainstorm when I was barely a teenager and was fairly impressed, an impression that lasted to date. For the first time, I'd seen a movie where someone was presented with amazing options, and the movie actually covered everything I'd have thought of. Unlike in those flicks where someone would get three wishes and never would wish to get as many wishes as they wanted (or happiness ever after, or instant death, or whatever), "Brainstorm" explores all possible consequences of the introduction of new, ground-breaking options:

A team of scientists comes up with a way to *really* share experience, to let each other in on how they experience the eternal essentials; love, life, sex; even death. And then, it doesn't stop there, taking into consideration the dark side as well -- what happens if you share your pain as well? What happens if The Wrong People(TM) monopolize the Amazing Secret(TM) first?

I love this movie. It ties up eternal questions and hopes with fun F/X and combines them into a touching and thrilling plot that makes other movies (mostly of the "cyberpunk"-era) like "Strange Days" that exploit a similar theme seem anemic in comparison at best.


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