American Playhouse: Season 4, Episode 8

Overdrawn at the Memory Bank (4 Feb. 1985)

TV Episode  -   -  Comedy | Drama
2.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 2.1/10 from 2,079 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.

Director:

Writers:

(short story), (teleplay)
0Check in
0Share...

Related News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 131 titles
created 12 Apr 2011
 
list image
YT
a list of 982 titles
created 21 Aug 2012
 
a list of 33 titles
created 17 Apr 2013
 
a list of 224 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 245 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 »
Edit

Cast

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 ...
Djamilla
Denise Pidgeon ...
Doppling Medico (as Denise Pigeon)
Bunty Webb ...
Audra Williams ...
Hadley Kay ...
...
Arnie Achtman ...
Slavin
...
Gondol
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

They want to control his mind but can't even find his body. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

4 February 1985 (USA)  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

, ,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

When Aram's mother is run over, there is a medium shot of Pierre talking to Aram. During their conversation the bottom of the boom mic pops into frame for a second or two and then leaves frame. See more »

Quotes

Aram Fingal: Mom... am I nuts?
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Future War (1999) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Pure, Asinine Genius.
15 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm giving this movie a 10, not because it's a classic, but because for the B-movie genre, it's one of the best I've ever seen. The cheesy computer effects are hilarious. It's one of those films where you wonder "How much weirder is this going to get?" If you can get into the mind of a sentimental dreamer, this won't disappoint. How can you resist Julia dressed as Humphrey Bogart? Pure, asinine genius. If you go into this with a sense of humor. It's a lot of fun. Even with it's obvious continuity flaws it manages to entertain. If you like anteaters, be forewarned. There's a lot of anteater bashing. The plot is like a low-budget "Total Recall." Heat the popcorn and get ready to laugh.


10 of 15 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:
?