In a showdown of man vs. machine, Martin plunges into a chaotic nightmare trying to save his mind from the megalomaniacal corporation.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rex Martin
Jim Reston
Jack Halsey
Man in Bloody White Suit / Ramsen / Ed Conklin
Dana Martin
Brian Brophy ...
David Sinaiko ...
Andy Wood ...
Brain Surgeon
Maud Winchester ...
Crazy Anna
Lisa Moncure ...
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member


Dr. Rex Martin is a leading neurosurgeon specializing in the cerebral misfunctions that cause mental illnesses, whose expertise is called up by an old school chum, Jim Reston, who is now part of the mega-corporation Eunice. Reston needs Dr. Martin's help in extracting crucial data from the mind of John Halsey, once a top mathematician at Eunice, now a paranoid at the local asylum. Can Dr. Martin help both Halsey and his friend, or is he getting caught up in a corporate nightmare from which he may never escape? Written by EllenRipley112

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You have nothing to lose... except your mind. See more »


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Release Date:

19 January 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Paranoia  »

Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)


$1,627,955 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


H.P. Lovecraft created a fictional M.D. character named "Dr. Halsey." Late in the movie, Bud Cort's character "Halsey" turns out to be an M.D. See more »


The computer in the brain lab changes from IBM compatible type (when switched off) to Commodore Amiga (when graphics is displayed). See more »


Jim Reston: [Reston proposes a chain of brain surgery boutiques with an unique advertising campaign] Had a bad childhood? We can fix it!
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References Shock Corridor (1963) See more »


Mystic Revelation
Music and Lyrics by Andrew Todd Rosenthal (as Andrew Todd) and Patrick Shipstad
Drum programming by David Roberti
Performed by Martini Ranch
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Butterfly dreams of being a man
8 August 2003 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

The great Taoist master Chuang Tzu once dreamt that he was a butterfly fluttering here and there. In the dream he had no awareness of his individuality as a person. He was only a butterfly. Suddenly, he awoke and found himself laying there, a person once again. But then he thought to himself, "Was I before a man who dreamt about being a butterfly, or am I now a butterfly who dreams about being a man?"

This quote is being used in the film and clearly illustrates the basis of the brilliant screenplay. The claustrophobia of not knowing reality from imagined reality is very real in this film. Earlier acts by Bill Pullman, and Bill Paxton make for a real viewing pleasure. But the real star of the film is Bud Cort (Harold, from the film Harold and Maude). Set designs and lighting make for a fine surreal experience. This movie is a great one with a fine story, fine actors, fine cinematography, special-fx and direction. The music sounds like synths left over from the 80's. But that adds to the B-effect of the film. Highly recommended.

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