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Videodrome (1983)

R  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi  |  4 February 1983 (USA)
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A sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a very unusual fashion when he acquires a new kind of programming for his station.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sonja Smits ...
Nicki Brand (as Deborah Harry)
Peter Dvorsky ...
Leslie Carlson ...
Barry Convex (as Les Carlson)
Jack Creley ...
Lynne Gorman ...
Reiner Schwarz ...
David Bolt ...
Lally Cadeau ...
Henry Gomez ...
Harvey Chao ...
David Tsubouchi ...
Kay Hawtrey ...


Max Renn runs a TV channel, and when looking for new material to show--he discovers "Videodrome." His girlfriend, Nicki Brand, goes to audition for the show, and Max gets drawn into the underlying plot that uses the show as its front for a global conspiracy. Written by Paul Reynolds <pauljr@innotts.co.uk>

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Release Date:

4 February 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cuerpos invadidos  »

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$5,952,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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The TV station "Civic TV" is patterned after City TV, an actual television station which started out in Toronto and was particularly infamous for showing soft-core sex films as part of its late night programming schedule. At one point in the film, one of Max Renn's partners is called "Moses" which is a reference to City TV founder Moses Znaimer. See more »


Barry Convex proclaims Lorenzo de Medici as the author of the two famous ocular quotes. The first, "love comes in at the eye", is from a William Butler Yeats poem called "A Drinking Song". The second, "the eye is the window of the soul", is not definitively attributable to any one source. Seemingly similar variations exist in Cicero, European proverbs and the Gospel of Matthew. See more »


Max Renn: [Handing Bianca the videotape] Careful... it bites.
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The VIDEODROME title experiences a TV white noise distortion. See more »


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A movie milestone of sci fi surrealism!
22 January 2002 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

I first saw 'Videodrome' around '84 or '85 and it impressed the hell out of me. I thought then that it was ahead of its time, and after watching it again a few days ago (and there have been many, many viewings in between) I STILL think it is. In fact it gets more and more contemporary and relevant as each year goes by. Cronenberg went on to adapt difficult cult novels by William Burroughs and J.G. Ballard, which wouldn't have surprised any of his fans, as ideas from both writers, and the late Philip K. Dick have pervaded his work from 'Shivers' to 'eXistenZ'. (Probably even before that going by descriptions of early efforts like 'Crimes Of The Future' which I unfortunately haven't had the opportunity to see.) But Cronenberg, unlike say the Wachowski brothers, isn't just repackaging science fiction ideas for a new generation of movie goers, he is a genuine original.

'Videodrome' still knocks me out every time I watch it. This innovative mix of science fiction, sex, violence, surrealism and horror has lost none of its punch over the years. I have enjoyed most of Cronenberg's movies, and think he is one of the most underrated directors currently working, but 'Videodrome' still seems his purest and least compromised work, and the movie that most successfully and memorably represents his vision. Simply one of the greatest and most important movies ever made.

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