American Playhouse: Season 4, Episode 8

Overdrawn at the Memory Bank (4 Feb. 1985)

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

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Cast

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

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

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

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Fingal: I guess I made some waves.
Pierre: It is a pleasure, dear sir, to see the waves you make.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Future War (1999) See more »

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Complete celluloid waste, Julia is the only halfway decent thing about it
30 June 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Overdrawn at the Memory Bank is a terrible movie, but I don't consider it one of the worst movies I've ever seen or one of the worst featured on MST3K. It does at least have Raul Julia, a hugely talented actor who died much too early, who was charming and had some good comic timing. Unfortunately Julia's performance is the only thing that rises above adequate level, the rest is a mess. Everybody else in the cast seem to be going through the motions and look embarrassed with Linda Griffiths pretty much oblivious to everything going on around her and the Peter Lorre knock-off only managed in being annoying. They had next to nothing to work with though, with the characters ranging from trite to stupid, useless also in a couple of cases. And the script filled with childish unfunny humour, catchphrases that don't make any sense and don't get any kind of explanation, vomit-inducingly inane exchanges between characters and stilted and barely comprehensible technical jargon. The story is very confusingly told, the idea was interesting but executed in a way that made it very difficult to follow. Technically, even in this regard Overdrawn at the Memory Bank manages to fail. The special effects/computer images are slapdash at best and really look as though they were made on the cheap, to the extent that makes everything else visually a chore to watch in all honesty. To conclude, terrible but there's worse around in my opinion. 2/10 Bethany Cox


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