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Electric Dreams (1984)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 20 July 1984 (USA)
An artificially intelligent PC and his human owner find themselves in a romantic rivalry over a woman.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Bill
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Edgar (voice)
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Mr. Ryley
Alan Polonsky ...
Frank, Co-Worker
Wendy Miller ...
Computer Clerk
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Conductor
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Ticket Girl
Holly De Jong ...
Ryley's Receptionist
Stella Maris ...
Mary Doran ...
Millie
Diana Choy ...
Check-Out Girl
Jim Steck ...
Removal Man
Gary Pettinger ...
Removal Man
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Storyline

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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20 July 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amor é Música  »

Box Office

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$1,009,586 (USA) (22 July 1984)

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$2,193,612 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

While the song Together in Electric Dreams, by Philip Oakley (of The Human League) and Giorgio Moroder, features in the closing montage - clips of this movie feature in the official music video release for their song. Both were directed by Steve Barron. In fact, Steve Barron directed several iconic 1980s music video clips. See more »

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Miles and Edgar both quote the wrong release dates to each other for the respective Sleeping Beauty and Cinderalla movies they are referencing. See more »

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[the sights and sounds of a party are coming out of Miles' apartment]
Neighbor: [from her apartment window] Howard. Just go on in.
[Howard peers through the translucent windows of the door at colored, flashing lights. He pushes it open, tripping the electronic lock sensor]
Edgar: All right! Beat it!
[the music abruptly stops. The door slowly creaks open]
Edgar: [Howard looks in, sees a dark, clean, and quiet apartment, no sign of a party at all. He closes the door and leaves, perplexed]
Neighbor: *That's* tellin' him, Howard.
Edgar: [...]
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Dedicated to the memory of the UNIVAC I See more »

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Features Lost in Space (1965) See more »

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You Can't Hurry Love
Performed by Phil Collins
Composed by Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland
(c) 1965 Stone Agate Music Division
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp./WEA international, Inc.
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
(c) 1982 Atlantic Recording Corp./WEA International, Inc.
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Being John Malkovich for the Eighties
20 February 2001 | by (Liverpool, England) – See all my reviews

When I first saw 'Being John Malkovich', I didn't really know much about - it was a while since I'd been to the cinema because of work and I went to see it on the strength of John Cusack. As I sat in that cinema full of bored teenagers, watching the story unfold, I was amazed at how similar an experience it actually was to the first film I really fell in love with, 'Electric Dreams'.

I've never been completely sure what I especially liked about the film. Virginia Madsen certainly has a big sister / first crush quality, with her woolly jumpers and body wrapped around a cello. Lenny Van Dollen is certainly as good an actor as anyone whose worked in this kind of film and offers work of quite subtle range. And the computer is heartbreaking. And the music is lovely. This is perhaps a film which is uncriticisable because it captures a time in life so beautifully.

Made in 1984, 'Dreams' has a plot similar in scope to 'Malkovich'. Miles subordinating of the newly sentient computer parallel's Craig Schwartz control of the film actor. As the computer operator uses Edger to woo the love of both their lives, so the puppeteer controls Malkovich to get into the panties of his 'business partner'.

There is no doubt the film has dated, although in its own way it uses visual techniques which at the time must have seemed as extreme as the flourishes of the latter film. Its use of pop video, in the sequences of high emotion, especially in the scene of where Miles is chased around the house, are at least echoed in the chase sequence at the heart of 'Malkovich'.

With all this in mind, its perhaps a time to re-assess this film as more than the fluff its previously been thought of as being.


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