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4 April 1985 (UK) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Matt Frewer ... Edison Carter / Max Headroom
Nickolas Grace ... Grossman
Hilary Tindall ... Dominique

William Morgan Sheppard ... Blank Reg (as Morgan Sheppard)

Amanda Pays ... Theora Jones
Paul Spurrier ... Bryce Lynch
Hilton McRae ... Breugal

George Rossi ... Mahler
Roger Sloman ... Murray
Anthony Dutton ... Gorrister

Constantine Gregory ... Ben Cheviot
Lloyd McGuire ... Edwards
Elizabeth Richardson ... Ms. Formby
Gary Hope ... Ashwell
Joane Hall ... Body bank receptionist
Howard Samuels ... Eng reporter
Roger Tebb ... Helipad reporter
Val McLane ... Eye witness
Michael Cule ... Exploding man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jeffrey Weissman ... Operations

Directed by
Annabel Jankel 
Rocky Morton 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Annabel Jankel  story
Rocky Morton  story
Steve Roberts 
Colin Wilson  story

Produced by
Terry Ellis .... executive producer
Chris Griffin .... line producer
Peter Wagg .... producer
 
Original Music by
Chris Cross 
Midge Ure 
 
Cinematography by
Trevor Brooker 
Phil Meheux 
 
Film Editing by
Michael Bradsell 
 
Casting by
John Hubbard 
Mary Jo Slater 
 
Production Design by
Maurice Cain 
 
Art Direction by
Alan Williams 
 
Costume Design by
Michael Baldwin 
 
Makeup Department
Ross Carver .... hair stylist
Leon Hamme .... assistant hair stylist
Sandra Shepherd .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Redmond Morris .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Terry Bamber .... third assistant director
John Dodds .... second assistant director
Chris Rose .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Rod Lord .... graphic artist
John Mills .... property master
Micky Mills .... standby prop
Brian Read .... production buyer
Val Wolstenholme .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Don Brown .... sound maintenance
Paul Conway .... assistant dubbing editor
Richard King .... dubbing mixer
Howard Lanning .... dubbing editor
Steve O'Brien .... boom operator
Brad Sherman .... sound effects editor
Ken Weston .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
John Humphreys .... prosthetics designer
Ian Scoones .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Craig Zerouni .... digital artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Brian Cooke .... still photographer
Harry Eckford .... camera grip
Mike Pia .... video playback supervisor
Terry Potter .... gaffer
Timothy Prince .... video engineer
Ralph Ramsden .... clapper loader
Richard Taylor .... camera operator: video
Peter Turner .... focus puller
 
Animation Department
Nick Burgess-Jones .... chief colorist
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
James P. Cullen .... costumer
Marina Drecker .... wardrobe mistress
Raymond Harris .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Andrew Gillman .... video tape playback editor
Andrew Parker .... first assistant editor
John W. Stuart .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Virginia S. Ellsworth .... music editor
Rik Walton .... music engineer
 
Other crew
Francine Brown .... continuity
Tim Dennison .... floor runner
Linda Gregory .... production accountant
David Hansen .... additional dialogue
Nicholas Hicks-Beach .... researcher
Gerry Kennedy .... production runner
Richard Monkhouse .... electronic effects
Paul Owen .... additional dialogue
Clare St. John .... production coordinator
Peter Tupy .... computer effects
 

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57 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Bryce Lynch was born on October 7, 1988.See more »
Quotes:
Theora Jones:How's your head?
Edison Carter:Fine. How's yours?
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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
The "future" of media that has now become all too real, 15 January 2005
Author: cadfile from Columbus, Ohio

I happened on the "Max Headroom: 20 minutes into the future" film on the cable channel Cinemax by accident in 1986 or so. The story, the setting, and the characters drew me in and I was blown away. It had the dreary, rainy, dark mood of "Blade Runner" and "Alien" with a touch of film noir where everyone smokes and the surrounding city is dirty and decaying. The cautionary tale of corporate control is dead on target even becoming more true than when this film came out.

There is an underground of people who don't exist - called 'Blanks' - and others who kidnap and kill people to sell their organs at the local tissue collection agencies.

Amongst this backdrop is Edison Carter - played by Matt Frewer - star reporter for Network 23. He uncovers evidence that his employer is killing viewers in an effort to generate more ad revenue. Instead of "killing the story" as happens today, the bosses decide to kill Edison. They have a problem in doing this however. Being that Edison is the star of the network, if he dies then people will know something is up. Enter teen genius Bryce Lynch - played by Paul Spurrier - who does his best thinking while taking a bath, downloads Edison's brain into a computer. He uses that to create a computer version of Edison in hopes of fooling the viewers.

All is not well when virtual Edison takes the name Max Headroom and escapes the control of Lynch and Network 23.

Helped by the lovely Theora Jones - played by Amanda Pays - and the leader of the Blanks, Blank Reg - played by William Morgan Sheppard - Max puts the screws on Network 23 and the whole corporate control culture.

Frewer is a hoot as Max. His zingers through out the movie help lighten the dark tones and Max is not just a computer clone of Edison. Max is how Edison wishes he could be.

Pays is lovely as Edison's and later Max's producer. She and Max have a good relationship.

Sheppard's Blank Reg is an aging punk rocker with a Mohawk to boot. He has it all figured out.

If you get a chance to see this movie then do it. You won't be sorry.

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