American Playhouse: Season 4, Episode 8

Overdrawn at the Memory Bank (4 Feb. 1985)

TV Episode  -   -  Comedy | Drama
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 2.1/10 from 2,058 users  
Reviews: 97 user | 10 critic

The mind of a computer programmer is removed by a totalitarian government and accidentally trapped in a virtual reality simulation.



(short story), (teleplay)
0Check in

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: August

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they recommend for August 2014.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 982 titles
created 21 Aug 2012
a list of 41 titles
created 20 Sep 2012
a list of 299 titles
created 31 Dec 2012
a list of 33 titles
created 17 Apr 2013
a list of 30 titles
created 10 months ago

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Overdrawn at the Memory Bank (04 Feb 1985)

Overdrawn at the Memory Bank (04 Feb 1985) on IMDb 2.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of American Playhouse.
« Previous Episode | 62 of 163 Episodes | Next Episode »


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Griffiths ...
Donald Moore ...
Novicorp Chairman / The Fat Man (as Donald C. Moore)
Helen Carscallen ...
Dr. Darwin
Rex Hagon ...
Shuttle Passenger (as Rex Hagan)
Patrick Brymer ...
Nirvana Clerk
Chapelle Jaffe ...
Denise Pidgeon ...
Doppling Medico (as Denise Pigeon)
Bunty Webb ...
Audra Williams ...
Hadley Kay ...
Arnie Achtman ...


Raul Julia plays Aram Fingal, a very intelligent computer programmer and a very bored man in the employ of Novicorp, a mega-corporation that exists somewhere in the future. When caught watching "Casablanca" at his desk, Fingal is required to undergo rehabilitation therapy called "doppling." Doppled patients find their minds transferred into the bodies of animals for a new outlook on life (and for a number of amusing nature documentary sequences narrated by Julia). However, Fingal's body is misplaced and he is transferred into a computer while the body is located. With the help of Appolonia James, a medical technician played by Linda Griffiths, Fingal manages to reprogram himself into a simulation of Casablanca and eventually gains access to Novicorp's financial computers, bringing the company to its knees. But Fingal's real problem is getting back into his body before his memory patterns are erased. Written by Chris Holland <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Caught in a future world, his only escape is back in time. See more »


Comedy | Drama

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:




Release Date:

4 February 1985 (USA)  »

Filming Locations:

Company Credits

Production Co:

, ,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Part of a series of literary adaptations for Public Broadcasting Service, which included The Lathe of Heaven (1980) as well. See more »


Appollonia's hair when she is attempting to save Fingal from being sucked into the computer. See more »


Lola: Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night!
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

In praise of a working actor...
14 June 2002 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

Let me preface this comment by saying, first, I am an actor in LA, and second, that I am well aware that this is a very bad movie. Stupendously bad. Mind shatteringly bad. Life alteringly bad. OK, sucked!

But, I feel there are some points that must be made to explain (but by no means excuse) the well-meaning but misguided souls that worked so hard to bring us this dreck.

First, PBS. Granted, this production should never have made it past the first table read. But one must remember that, only a few years before, PBS had been responsible for one of the greatest pieces of sci-fi ever to appear on TV: The Lathe of Heaven. This was a wonderful, faithful adaptation of Ursula LeGuin's story.It was a genuine masterpiece. They probably thought they could do no wrong. How wrong they were. But, for an organisation that is notoriously strapped for cash, the attempt to widen it's appeal is understandable (if not forgivable). At least they hadn't started showing John Tesh concerts, yet.

Second, Raul Julia. A great many people that make comments on this site like to say of a famous actor in a bad film, "he must have needed rent money", or something to that effect. Well, I hate to break it to all you non-actors out there, but the fact is, some of us actually do NEED TO MAKE RENT MONEY. Raul was a great actor, an actors actor, but he was never a superstar. And, at the time Overdrawn At the Memory Bank was made, he had gained some success on the Broadway stage, but he probably still needed the job. The fact that he was a firm supporter of public broadcasting was undoubtedly a bit of gravy. Not all actors are Jack Nicholson, w/50,000,000 off the back end of BATMAN. Some of us are Raul Julia, in 1984, drawing a paycheck, and hoping our talent will show through, and elevate a piece of crap like OATMB.

Third, MST 3000. OK, granted, they had nothing to do with the making of this film. But, they took an unwatchable (while well intentioned)film, and turned it into an incredibly enjoyable film. And they were nice (as they reasonably could be) to Raul.

13 of 24 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Painting Churches BKeith57
The cutest thing ever... thslindal
Need help finding the name of a play rgustas
The Great Anerican Fourth of July on DVD? Cindyk610
Working mangos47
Hallelujah American playhouse season 11 episode 5 12/22/93 nancymurnane
Discuss Overdrawn at the Memory Bank (1985) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: