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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Blank Reg (as Morgan Sheppard)
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Hilton McRae ...
Roger Sloman ...
Anthony Dutton ...
Lloyd McGuire ...
Elizabeth Richardson ...
Gary Hope ...
Joane Hall ...
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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 <>

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4 April 1985 (UK)  »

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Max Headroom: 20 Minutes Into the Future  »

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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 »


Max: And then there's politicians. It's easy to tell when a politician is lying: their lips move.
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Crazy Credits

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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Best film ever
26 June 2003 | by (birmingham, englandd) – See all my reviews

I loved this film back in the 80s, and its story of CGI characters to replace real people for TV is easily a possibility now. This is my favourite film ever, infact I only found out today that the its less than an hour long - theres so much going on Id swear it was 90 mins plus.

Anyone who is remotely into Sci Fi or computer graphics should see this, or anyone who just likes unusual films and fancies a break from the norm without being bored.

If this was a Manga cartoon instead of a British film, it would be massive!

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