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"American Playhouse" Overdrawn at the Memory Bank (1985)

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Director:
Writers:
John Varley (short story)
Corinne Jacker (teleplay)
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Original Air Date:
4 February 1985 (Season 4, Episode 8)
Genre:
Tagline:
They want to control his mind but can't even find his body. See more »
Plot:
The mind of a computer programmer is removed by a totalitarian government and accidentally trapped in a virtual reality simulation. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Even the worst dreck can trigger fond memories See more (97 total) »

Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)
Linda Griffiths ... Computech Apollonia James

Raul Julia ... Aram Fingal / Rick Blaine
Donald Moore ... Novicorp Chairman / The Fat Man (as Donald C. Moore)

Wanda Cannon ... Felicia Varley / Lola
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 ... Teacher
Audra Williams ... Desirée
Hadley Kay ... Marco

Gary Farmer ... Tooby
Arnie Achtman ... Slavin

Maury Chaykin ... Gondol
Paula Barrett ... Lexicorp Reporter

Sugith Varughese ... Transcorp Reporter
Larry Schwartz ... Plinth
Vivian Reis ... Flavia Drancy
Sheila Moore ... 20th Century Doctor
Steve Payne ... Watson

Jackie Burroughs ... Emmaline Ozmondo Fingal
Lou Pitoscia ... Thug No. 1
Louis Negin ... Pierre
Don Lamont ... Fingal / Rick's Double
Al Maini ... Arab in Alley
Joyce Gordon ... Data Supervisor

James Kidnie ... Thug No. 2
Marvin Goldhar ... HX368 / Computer (voice)
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Bill Smitrovich ... (uncredited)
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Douglas Williams 
 
Writing credits
John Varley (short story)

Corinne Jacker (teleplay)

Produced by
Geoffrey Haines-Stiles .... executive producer
Robert Lantos .... producer
David R. Loxton .... executive producer (as David Loxton)
Stephen J. Roth .... producer
 
Original Music by
John Tucker 
 
Cinematography by
Barry Bergthorson 
 
Film Editing by
Rit Wallis 
 
Casting by
Liz Ramos 
 
Production Design by
Carol Spier 
 
Set Decoration by
Elinor Rose Galbraith 
 
Costume Design by
Mary Jane McCarty 
Delphine White 
 
Makeup Department
Shonagh Jabour .... makeup artist
Ivan Lynch .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Gerry Arbeid .... production manager
Jennifer Black .... post-production supervisor
Jeff King .... assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bill Bannerman .... trainee assistant director
Mac Bradden .... first assistant director
Louise Casselman .... second assistant director
Neil Huhta .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Dan Davis .... assistant art director
Alta Louise Doyle .... art department trainee (as Louise Doyle)
Joe Hampson .... assistant property master
Bill Harman .... construction manager
Peter Lauterman .... property master
Christine MacLean .... assistant set decorator
Bruce McKenna .... assistant set dresser
Martin Weinryb .... assistant set dresser
 
Sound Department
Ralph Brunjes .... supervising sound editor
Thomas Hidderley .... location sound mixer (as Thomas Hidderly)
Catherine Hutton .... dialogue editor
Christopher Hutton .... sound effects editor
Peter Jermyn .... special synthesizer effects
George Novotny .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael O'Connor .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Erna Akuginow .... special effects coordinator
Jim Goessinger .... special effects editor
Jim Goessinger .... special video effects
Geoffrey Haines-Stiles .... special video effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Allen .... gaffer
Edie Craddock .... focus puller
Brian Danniels .... best boy grip (as Brian Daniels)
Alex Dukay .... still photographer
Tom Fennessey .... third electrician
Martin Harrison .... best boy
A. Randy Jones .... generator operator (as Randy Jones)
Grant Ranalli .... tape operator
Norman Smith .... key grip
Norbert Von Der Heidt .... video tape operator (as Norbert Von Derheidt)
 
Casting Department
Merri Toth .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mary Jane McCarty .... wardrobe mistress
Sherry McMorran .... first assistant wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Jim Goessinger .... editor: video tape
 
Other crew
Bill Bannerman .... production assistant
Jo Bates .... assistant to producer (as Jo-Anne Bates)
Jim Bearden .... dialogue coach
Jennifer Black .... graphic artist: dubner graphics
Alison Dyer .... production coordinator
Nancy Eagles .... continuity
Gabe Fallus .... production assistant
John Grimsditch .... technical producer
Heather Haldane .... operator: dubner graphics (as Heather Goldin)
Andras Hamori .... assistant to producer
Dan Howard .... location manager (as Duane Howard)
Cyrus Levinthal .... computer graphics facility: Columbia University (as Prof. Cyrus Levinthal)
David Maltese .... production assistant
Harry Parnass .... provider: futuristic clothing
Steve Payne .... craft service
Nicola Pelly .... provider: futuristic clothing
Ethan Rill .... production assistant
Norma Rose .... accountant
Linda Shapiro .... unit publicist
 
Thanks
John Godfrey .... thanks
Jeanne Mulcahy .... thanks
 

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Runtime:
83 min
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Certification:
Canada:PG (Ontario)
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Trivia:
Part of a series of literary adaptations for Public Broadcasting Service, which included The Lathe of Heaven (1980) (TV) as well.See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: We see that for the six hours of real time, the equivalent of several months pass for Aram Fingal inside the computer. However, in numerous scenes, Appollonia (in the real world) speaks to Fingal at a normal pace. To Fingal, these few seconds should have seemed to stretch out for hours; he should not have been able to comprehend them as they were spoken.See more »
Quotes:
Aram Fingal:Mom... am I nuts?See more »

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12 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Even the worst dreck can trigger fond memories, 13 December 2000
Author: Calli-2 from Twin Cities, MN

I realize this is a bad movie. But I like it. It's incomprehensible, features some rather insulting Casablanca references (as the MST3K cast said, never put a good movie in your bad movie), and frankly it's astonishing that it contained so many good actors. (Really! Raul Julia stars, and there are also a lot of very talented character actors who basically sleepwalk through their parts in this movie. Goodness knows how they were talked into doing it.)

The direction is practically nonexistent. I'm convinced the actors are making up the blocking on their own. The cinematography is terrible, except in the stock footage of African wildlife used for Fingel's dopple. And the whole thing reeks of the kind of "social commentary" fiction I used to write when I was in ninth grade. (Wretched stuff, really.) MST3K really is the best venue for this film, even if the fat jokes got a bit old.

Nevertheless, I have a soft spot in my heart for this movie. When I was little, this movie was shown on the local PBS station. I must've been nine or ten, and for years I only remembered tiny snippets -- a glowing cube, somebody going into a computer and making it snow indoors, and, of course, my first introduction to "Casablanca." My brother, who couldn't have been more than 7, was my only corroboration for having seen this movie because he remembered it too, twelve years later when I mentioned it over dinner after watching "Casablanca."

And so began my crusade to find this movie. All I knew was that it had a floating cube, a shootout in a restaurant resembling Rick's "Cafe Americain," indoor snow, and a scene where a schoolchild almost spilled mustard on a man's exposed brain.

It wasn't until my junior year of college that I found it, in the sci-fi section of the Northfield Video Update. I watched it, and was astonished at how amateurish the movie was. It was fun to see Raul Julia, who had recently passed on, and I decided that the movie was intensely cheezy, probably disliked by most (and with good reason), but that it had it's own particular charms. I do have a soft spot for cheeze, after all.

So it was with great joy that I discovered MST3K was doing the movie. Sadly, I kept missing that episode. This year, I finally managed to catch it via timed record. And it was worth the wait. It's a pretty typical MST3K episode, but for me nothing can dim the charm of this crazy film. It's a bad movie, make no mistake there. The actors mostly seem embarrassed to be in it and are working without the benefit of direction. The script is putrid. The music is hilariously bad. The general effect is only slightly less comprehensible than the "Jupiter and Beyond the Infinite" segment at the end of "2001." But I still like it, for some inexplicable reason.

As a footnote, I saw "Total Recall" a few years before I finally rediscovered this movie. Although I could not remember much of "Overdrawn" at the time, "Total Recall" still brought back memories and left me with the nagging feeling that I had seem the same thing done better sometime previously. Strange how the memory cheats. Maybe I've become overdrawn at the memory bank myself!

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