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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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Edgar (voice)
Don Fellows ...
Alan Polonsky ...
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Holly De Jong ...
Stella Maris ...
Mary Doran ...
Diana Choy ...
Jim Steck ...
Gary Pettinger ...
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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)  »

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Amor é Música  »

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Moles, investigating the source of a musical piece, intones: "di-di-di-daah" into a microphone attached to a computer. This intonation is of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5. (Opus 67) - namely, the distinctive opening four-note motif of short-short-short-long notes. See more »

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In the final sequence where the theme song "Together In Electric Dreams" is being played, a person carrying a 80's boom box styled Hi-Fi walks past, in the reflection of the tape deck of the Hi-Fi the crew and equipment are visible. See more »

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Lillian Roth as Trixie in Madam Satan: I'll show ya some *real* brimstone.
Edgar: Yeah!
Lillian Roth as Trixie in Madam Satan: Orchestra, play Low Down, and make it *hot*!
Edgar: All right. I am. Get down on it.
[Edgar plays Jeff Lynne's "Let It Run" on the turntable and projects images from Madam Satan around Miles' apartment]
Edgar: Yeah. It's *my* party.
Edgar: [singsong] And Moles, you're not invited.
Edgar: All right!
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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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Crushed By The Wheels Of Industry
Performed by Heaven 17
Composed by Ian Craig Marsh (as Ian Craig Marsh), Martyn Ware, Glen Gregory
(c)1983 Virgin Music (Publishers) Limited/Sound Diagrams/Warner Bros. Music Ltd.
Courtesy Virgin Records Limited/Arista Records
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Guaranteed to leave you smiling and feeling pure joy!
19 May 2001 | by (Palm Desert, California) – See all my reviews

I remember back in the l970s I saw a TV film with Bill Bixby in which he had a computer that fell in love with his girlfriend and composed poems for Bixby to give to her. I thought that's what Electric Dreams was based on, but haven't heard anyone admit that's the way it came about. But anyway.....

Electric Dreams is one of those films that even with some slightly dated technology in it (circa 1984, and even for this film some of the technology is stuff most people don't have in their homes yet!) the story and its effectiveness are timeless. It has a very strong European influence to it that I appreciated--director Steve Barron has a true flair for combining nice visuals and story without each element bogging the other down.

Miles (Lenny Von Dohlen) buys a computer to help in his quest to design the perfect earthquake-proof brick. He spills a drink on the keyboard, giving it life in the form of the voice Edgar (Bud Cort). In the meantime, cellist Madeline (Virginial Madsen) moves in upstairs and guess who starts to like Madeline a LOT?....

Several elements make this a winner: The fact that the lead actors Lenny Von Dohlen and Virginia Madsen were cast (relatively unknown actors then) instead of flavor-of-the-month ones. Bud Cort was a brilliant choice for the voice of Edgar in the computer. The music was obviously lesser known to mainstream U.S. audiences but well loved in Europe. Culture Club was a bit established, but artists like Heaven 17, Jeff Lynne (of ELO), Philip Oakey (of Human League), P.P. Arnold, and Helen Terry gave the film a great atmosphere with original songs that still hold up quite well today (yes, the soundtrack is available as an import on CD). I'm proud to say I have the 12" remixes of the songs "Together In Electric Dreams," "Now You're Mine," and "Video" as well as the soundtrack.

You don't have to exclusively like romance stories to enjoy this film. It has a little of everything for everyone, and invites repeated viewings. It's charming, will make you laugh, and I dare you to not get a little teary-eyed when the phrase "I LOVE YOU ...ME" appears on the computer screen to the beautiful music piece "Madeline's Theme" from Giorgio Moroder.

Two scenes in particular will have you feeling exhilarated--when Madeline and Edgar do a musical duet of a familiar classical piece, and the ending where the song "Together In Electric Dreams" is bringing everyone in the city of San Francisco to their feet dancing. It will give you a rather overwhelming feeling of joy, and a completely satisfying ending. Just make sure to view all the way through the credits, there's a little surprise after them!

At the time this review was written, Electric Dreams is only on out-of-print VHS in the United States, but is available on a European region 2 DVD. MGM had been reissuing tons of films on DVD with no frills (except mislabled releases like Swamp Thing--not PG but actually the European cut, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2--not actually R but the unrated cut) and I plead with them that when this one is ever issued in the DVD format, that we are given some extras like an audio commentary and behind the scenes features. There must be some very wonderful stories to tell about this charming film and the loyal following it has.

As the tagline on the original cover read, it's "The most unusual triangle in the history of love." If only more people could be brought together like this and fall in love, the world would be a brighter place!

"Open up your eyes and you will see, love is love is everything to me..."


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