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Operation Sandman (2000)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Action, Drama, Sci-Fi  |  11 February 2000 (USA)
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In the heat of an American desert, Captain Jean Farrell arrives at a secret military installation, run by the enigmatic Doctor Harlan Jessup. Jessup is conducting 'Operation Sandman', an ... See full summary »

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Dr. Harlan Jessup
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Sturner (as Bob 'Hardcore' Holly)
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General Podell
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Mary B. Ward ...
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In the heat of an American desert, Captain Jean Farrell arrives at a secret military installation, run by the enigmatic Doctor Harlan Jessup. Jessup is conducting 'Operation Sandman', an experiment involving a group of soldiers who have volunteered to be injected with 'the Juice', a drug which enables them to function without sleep. The team of soldiers, led by gruff and abusive 'Gunny' Riggins continually takes part in Virtual Reality scenarios whereby they face terrorists, kidnappers, guerrillas and a plethora of other situations that demand split-second timing, and undying obedience in the face of danger. They have continued for nearly three weeks without sleep, and their response times and reactions are better than ever. But there is a problem. As the test continues, the soldiers begin to see 'freaks', hallucinations that intrude on their consciousness and disturb their concentration. Jessup is on the point of getting government funding for the project and cannot afford hiccups, ... Written by Helen Chavez

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The worst war to fight is your own mind.

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Incredibly Disturbing Film About The Effects Of Sleep Deprivation On A Group Of American Soldiers
15 February 2000 | by (Belleville, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

I absolutely did not want to watch this movie!

A recent rash of extremely nauseating "wrestler" movies like Shutterspeed and First Daughter have left such a bad taste in my mouth that the thought of another "wrestler" vehicle just caused me to cringe. So you can probably understand my feelings when I heard about Operation Sandman. The, UPN produced, movie was being marketed as a vehicle for wrestler, Bob "Hardcore" Holly. Without having seen the film, I passed it off as so much junk.

I was wrong! Boy, was I wrong! This might be one of the most disturbing made-for-television films that I have seen. It concerns a group of American soldiers who submit to sleep deprivation experiments with horrible consequences.

When the killing starts, you'll be asking yourself who? And why? When everything is resolved, get ready to shudder.

Don't look for a laughable, Nightmare On Elm Street-style ending, with soldiers battling boogeymen. Instead, prepare yourself for a dark, serious, Jacobs Ladder-style ending that leaves you guessing, as well as, frightened by its honesty.

A disturbing thrillride that makes you think. Too bad all "wrestler" vehicles weren't this good.


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