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Takeover (1987)

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George Oppenheimer has two problems: an eccentric wife and an uncontrollable child. At work his team invented a computer with personality. George thinks the computer is faster, smarter and ... See full summary »

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George Oppenheimer
Anne Tenney ...
Hilda Oppenheimer
Paul Chubb ...
Frank
Alexander Kemp ...
Harvey
Arron Wayne Cull ...
Rodney (as Wayne Cull)
Julie Du Rieu ...
Candice
Justin Gaffney ...
Bob
Bruce Kerr ...
Doctor
Linda McConchie ...
Frank's girl
Sean Scully ...
Enzo
Kate Wood ...
Nurse
Merrin Canning ...
Gillian
Roy Edmunds ...
Vince
Mark Hennessy ...
Alan
Sean Myers ...
Swanson
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George Oppenheimer has two problems: an eccentric wife and an uncontrollable child. At work his team invented a computer with personality. George thinks the computer is faster, smarter and elegant. When his life falls apart, the computer offers suicide as the only alternative. Written by Yousef Swain

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Ineffective Use Of Satire Proves To Be Burdensome.
8 December 2004 | by (Mountain Mesa, California) – See all my reviews

In this comic-fantasy made for Australian television, the marriage of George (Barry Otto) and Hilda (Anne Tenney) is undergoing strain for the familiar reason that George, owner of a computer firm, is spending too much of his time at the company office, thereby neglecting his needy wife and his small son Harvey, with a result that Hilda has come under the influence of a psychic renewal cult while Harvey has found a substitute for paternal guidance by withdrawing into a private world of computer gaming. After George's principal software engineer Frank ( Paul Chubb) creates a program that he names George One as mirror of the binary pattern, yet with an independent and developing personality, this illusory replicate begins to arrogate all aspects of its human model's existence, beginning with his company and moving soon from there to his family, forcing a desperate conflict between the Georges. As evidenced by its production values, director Rob Marchand's initial feature is handicapped by a skimpy budget and there is overmuch cutting that is harmful to continuity but the film's primary drawback lies in its script that too seldom explores its inherent elements of satiric effect, with such open targets as self-healing practitioners and the intrusion of computers into vulnerable psyches, while synch flaws subtract somewhat from capable Tenney's performance; in addition Otto, who plays splendidly as ever, is cast in a thorny dual rôle, one that must be perfectly managed during post-production processing, and is not.


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