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  (in credits order)
J.C. Quinn ... Newman

Billy Zane ... Palinov / Jensen
John Lantz ... Heller
Pamela Hastings ... D.A.L. Girl

Daniel J. Travanti ... Duprell

Stefan Gierasch ... Dr. Vogel

Grace Zabriskie ... Mrs. Palinov

Al Strobel ... Speaker

Vincent Guastaferro ... Hotel Clerk (as Vincent F. Guastaferro)

Kristen Cloke ... Christine
Bryan Clark ... President Hughes
Michelle Roth ... Anchorwoman

Jim O'Doherty ... TV Reporter (as James O'Doherty)
Leslie Morris ... Vargas

Raymond O'Connor ... Taylor

Danny Epper ... Taylor's Bodyguard
Brenda Varda ... Dancing Couple
Cliff Thorn ... Dancing Couple (as Clif Thorn)

King Cotton ... TV Evangelist
Hamilton Camp ... Dr. Skutnik
Sven H. Eklund ... Lieutenant

Douglas Urbanski ... Show Host
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Whitney Scott Bain ... Media Police Lieutenant (uncredited)
Jonathon Robinson ... The Real Palinov (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Lehner 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Samuel Benedict 
Gordon Chavis 
Peter Lehner 

Produced by
Cynthia E. Hill .... associate producer (as Cynthia Hill)
Peter Lehner .... executive producer
Andres Pfäffli .... producer
Christina Schmidlin .... producer
Robert Michael Steloff .... executive producer
Original Music by
Stacy Widelitz 
Cinematography by
Zoltán David 
Film Editing by
Pietro Scalia 
Casting by
Michael Cutler 
Production Design by
Milo  (as Milo Needles)
Art Direction by
Troy Myers 
Costume Design by
Shawna Trpcic  (as Shawna Leavell)
Production Management
Cynthia E. Hill .... production manager (as Cynthia Hill)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marshall Crosby .... assistant director
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... second unit director
Art Department
Ramsey Smith .... carpenter
Sound Department
Steve Brown .... boom operator
Clifford 'Kip' Gynn .... production sound mixer
Anthony Milch .... sound editor
T.A. Moore Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer
Timothy Pearson .... foley mixer
Danny Epper .... additional stunt coordinator
Danny Epper .... stunt performer
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Ronnie Dennis .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Lori Stoll .... still photographer
Brian 'Wheat' Villegas .... gaffer
Jackie Weaver .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
F. Paul Benz .... first assistant editor
Jeffrey Cooper .... apprentice editor
Other crew
Robin Anderson .... script supervisor


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95 min | Germany:88 min
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Eerily fascinating low-budget sci fi flick, 23 April 2010
Author: robert-temple-1 from United Kingdom

The German director Peter Lehner only ever made one feature film, and this is it, shot somewhere in the Western USA. It is a rather surreal dystopian vision of a not-too-distant future where two incompatible regimes live side by side. On the one hand, there is Megaville, a rollicking and open commercial metropolis where uncontrolled violence takes place on a daily basis, and we see its 'President' assassinated live on television by having a plastic bag put over his head so that he suffocates while we watch. No one seems particularly bothered by this, and no one will admit having seen who did it. This is presumably meant to be a sarcastic reflection on the 'mindless violence' of 'normal society'. On the other hand, somewhere near Megaville is a horrible regime called the Hemisphere, or just referred to as the 'Sphere'. It resembles the more derelict part of East Berlin prior to the collapse of the Berlin Wall. Just to make the film weirder still, it is ruled by a whining individual who lies in bed as an invalid, with breathing apparatus and heart monitors, perpetually on the verge of death but never actually dying. In between gasping for breath, he barks orders for people to be terminated. This may have been inspired by the geriatric Soviet leadership, as leaders like Brezhnev were said to be notoriously semi-comatose much of the time. The main character is played by Billy Zane. He has had a brain implant so that he is either Jensen who believes he is Palinov, or Palinov who believes he is Jensen. This is never made clear, and the ambiguity is intended. Whichever he is, the memories of the other have been implanted in his brain, by a device inserted there which also responds to signals from a box held by the invalid leader of 'the Sphere'. In 'the Sphere', all media are banned, and people caught watching television are rounded up by the police and executed. Into this equation comes a new virtual reality device called 'Dream-a-Life', which you put on your head and you can live an adventure as somebody else. 1990 was pretty early to be making films about the influence of virtual reality devices on human behaviour, so this film was in that respect and in others rather innovative. But the budget was so low, most things had to be left to the imagination, as there was no money to pay to show them. I think that Lehner was very creative in making something out of nothing, and that this film was quite an achievement under the circumstances. It has a 'weird feel' to it, which owes nothing to special effects, of which there are none. The film is strangely fascinating, partly because of the unexpected quirkiness of its conceptions and of various bizarre story details. It combines gritty reality, such as thugs with guns threatening to kill people and sometimes doing so, with dream-like events in which reality appears to dissolve. The film can only be seen on a 1990 video, if you can find one. It is an interesting sci fi film for those who like to keep track of them, and of special interest because hardly anyone ever saw it, so that no one really knows about it.

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