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Electric Dreams (1984)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Music  |  20 July 1984 (USA)
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Miles buys himself a state-of-the-art computer that starts expressing thoughts and emotions after a having champagne spilled down on him. Things start getting out of hand when both Miles and Edgar, how the computer calls himself, fall in love with Madeline, an attractive neighbour. Written by Robert Zeithammel <zeit@cip.physik.uni-muenchen.de>

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Meet Edgar. He'll make you sing, make you dance, make you laugh, make you cry, make you jealous, make you nuts. See more »


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Giorgio Moroder:  radio station executive at the very end. See more »

Goofs

At the Los Angeles International Airport, the departures board behind miles lists a flight to "Michigan", which is extremely unlikely, given that flight information displays usually list flights per city (not state). In fact, all the other domestic flights on the board are listed per city (New York, Dallas, San Francisco, Miami, Washington and Reno). See more »

Quotes

Miles Harding: [after a date gone wrong] Wake up! We're gonna have it out right now! WAKE UP GOD DAMN IT!
[Miles slams keyboard]
Edgar: [emits an infernal yell]
Miles Harding: What was that?
Edgar: [screen turns red] Don't *ever* do that again.
Miles Harding: *Don't* tell me what to do!
Edgar: [emits another infernal yell]
Miles Harding: And stop that infernal noise! She'll hear you!
Edgar: Maybe that's what I want.
Miles Harding: GOD DAMN IT! Listen, I'm warning you, if you ever...
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Crazy Credits

After the closing credits have run, a multicolored question mark appears in the lower right corner of the screen with a computer-like sound. After this, the line "ELECTRIC DREAMS FINISHED" appears in green at the upper left corner. The question mark is replaced by the line "no more?" Then the green text is replaced by "TIME TO DISCONNECT". Both then disappear, and multicolored letters appear near the center of the screen reading "THE NED". The "N" is quickly deleted, the "E" moved over, and the "N" is reinserted to properly spell "THE END". As this disappears, Edgar's voice is heard laughing, and he says "H-hello? Hello? Good-goodbye." See more »

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Do You Really Want To Hurt Me
Adapted by Johnny Gregory (as John Gregory) & Harry Rabinowitz
Composed by Culture Club
(c)1984 Virgin Music (Publishers) Limited
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An enjoyable, yet hard to find movie.
18 June 1999 | by (Las Vegas, NV) – See all my reviews

Electric Dreams is a quirky '80's film that has remained one of my favorites from that decade. The story of a boy, a girl, and a computer trying to find the meaning of love could have easily been a ridiculously campy movie, but instead is played out with a lighthearted sincerity. Lenny Von Dolen's portrayal of architect Miles Harding is done well, conveying the feelings of insecurity and wonder of falling in love for the first time, and Virginia Madsen's performance as would-be girlfriend Madeline equally shines. The movie is shot more like a music video (Director Steve Barron also worked on Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" video), and while there have been plenty of films that have used similar "MTV-style" techniques in the '90's, this was an unpioneered format at the time, and it seems to work the best here. The set design is great, the scene pacing doesn't drag on, and the sentiment is in the right place so that viewers can laugh at the humorous parts and relate during the romantic scenes. The music soundtrack is also top-notch, with music from Culture Club, Jeff Lynne, Heaven 17 and Giorgio Moroder. The computer technology and the commercials set this movie firmly in the early '80's, which may make it seem a little dated, but the overall story still holds up well and is fun. Electric Dreams is an enjoyable romantic fantasy that a lot of people may have missed when it was first released (even more so since the film seems to be out of print), but for those wanting to see something a little different, this may be what you've been looking for.


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