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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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Pure, Asinine Genius. 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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bill Smitrovich ... (uncredited)

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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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Canada:PG (Ontario)
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Did You Know?

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:
Continuity: Throughout the movie the characters refer to The Computer as the HX368. Gomez there even types it as such in one part of the film, also the credits at the end of the film refer to it as the same. Meanwhile all the other computer graphics refer to the computer as the HX254.See more »
Quotes:
Marco:What are these?
Teacher:These are tags, red for the slumber room, green for the organ transplant and so on and so on.
Marco:What about this one?
Teacher:Well that one is intresting we will talk about it later.
Marco:Is it sexy?
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10 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Pure, Asinine Genius., 15 July 2005
Author: zerogirl42 from United States

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.

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