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

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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 »

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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 »

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Appollonia: Listen to me, Fingal... Your navel is very deep. I can't even see to the bottom of it. If you fall in, I can't guarantee to pull you out.
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Don't bumble or fumble the Fingal Dopple!!!
11 August 2003 | by (NY, USA) – See all my reviews

Like everyone else I saw this 'movie' on MST3K. Oh the humanity...

What I'll add is that if you've ever been involved in any kind of low-budget filmmaking this thing is great fun to watch. It's shot on videotape so it looks like some community college media class' final exam. Like so many others they use a modern mall as a bland future-scape. They obviously spent a huge amount trying to look 'high-tech' and it all just comes off looking silly (even, I think, back in '85). And add in the inexplicable presence of A-list actor Raul Julia (who had already appeared in John Cassavettes "The Tempest" and Francis Coppola's "One from the Heart" in 1982) and you've got a 'wriggle-uncomfortably-and-embarrassingly-in-your-chair' masterpiece!

Try and not shudder as:

o Raul Julia does a bad Bogart impression!

o Raul Julia does a voiceover while pretending he's a drunk monkey!

o They repeat the phrase 'fingal-dopple' over & over!

Think Matrix meets Brainstorm meets Casablanca meets Rollerball meets Dr. Who!!!


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