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

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Trivia

All of the animal footage during the sequence where Fingal is doppled into a baboon is taken from the film Beautiful People (1974). 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

Fingal: I'm taking care of the Chairman. He's going on a month's compulsory rehab.
Appollonia: You're putting him in Daisy!
Fingal: Daisy's too good for the bastard. He's going on as an anteater!
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Features Casablanca (1942) See more »

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Many people are much too harsh on this delightful fantasy.
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Raul Julia died much too early, and without his well deserved Oscar. Perhaps this wasn't his best effort, but it was far from a bad movie. Just because a film appears on Mystery Science Theater doesn't make it a bad movie. The writing was entertaining and thought provoking while the plot twists were intelligent and unexpected. The melding of "Rick's" into the tapestry of a fantasy landscape was thoroughly enjoyable.


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