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Max Headroom (1985)

TV Movie  -   -  Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi  -  4 April 1985 (UK)
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In the dystopic near future, a crusading TV reporter investigates news stories with the help of a wisecracking computer version of himself.

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In the post-apocalyptic future where television sets are more important than food, TV ratings are the all important currency of the nation. A new technique of preventing viewers from channel surfing proves somewhat detrimental to particularly sedentary couch potatoes. The top studio becomes concerned: dead viewers make for low ratings. Edison Carter, top news reporter, is sent to find out more. After a motorcycle accident, his mind is preserved by wizz-kid Bryce and becomes his wise cracking, computer generated alter-ego: Max Headroom, who manages to boost ratings above those of any live hosts to date. This made for TV movie was later remade (sanitized version) as the first episode of the series. Written by Sven Kahrkling <sven@customized.com>

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Remade almost scene-for-scene as the first episode of Max Headroom (1987). Only Frewer, Pays and Sheppard appeared in both versions. The obese TV viewer's death by "blipberts", and Carter's reaction to it, as well as the live TV doctor's topic on colon health were discarded. See more »

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Bryce: You're looking at the future, Mr Grossman: people translated as data.
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The credits roll over a shot of the overpass that our heroes just passed under. After a few minutes the van owned by the thugs that "killed" Edison passes under it - apparently going after our heroes. See more »

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Phenomenal future-shock sci-fi!
1 March 1999 | by (Toledo, OH) – See all my reviews

Like the TV show that followed it, the "Max Headroom" movie was a great grim look into a bleak, Blade-Runner-esque future ruled by corporations who keep the proletariat down by anesthetizing them with junk food and mind-numbing television pageantry. The parallels are frightening, or haven't you seen a Jerry Springer audience lately? The UK movie is, if anything, even grittier and more creepy than the eventual US pilot and TV series. It's out of print, but well worth searching out -- a dramatic, thought-provoking example of everything that's good about science fiction.


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