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The Final Programme (1973)

R | | Sci-Fi | August 1974 (USA)
A trio of scientists plan to create a self-replicating, immortal, hermaphrodite using the Final Programme developed by a Nobel Prize-winning dead scientist.

Director:

Robert Fuest

Writers:

Michael Moorcock (novel), Robert Fuest
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Finch ... Jerry Cornelius
Jenny Runacre ... Miss Brunner
Sterling Hayden ... Maj. Wrongway Lindbergh
Harry Andrews ... John
Hugh Griffith ... Professor Hira
Julie Ege ... Miss Dazzle
Patrick Magee ... Dr. Baxter
Graham Crowden ... Dr. Smiles
George Coulouris ... Dr. Powys
Basil Henson Basil Henson ... Dr. Lucas
Derrick O'Connor ... Frank
Gilles Millinaire Gilles Millinaire ... Dimitri
Ronald Lacey ... Shades
Sandy Ratcliff ... Jenny (as Sandy Ratcliffe)
Mary MacLeod Mary MacLeod ... Nurse (as Mary Macleod)
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Storyline

After the death of his Nobel Prize-winning father, billionaire physicist Jerry Cornelius becomes embroiled in the search for the mysterious "Final Programme", developed by his father. The programme, a design for a perfect, self-replicating human being, is contained on microfilm. A group of scientists, led by the formidable Miss Brunner (who consumes her lovers), has sought Cornelius's help in obtaining it. After a chase across a war-torn Europe on the verge of anarchy, Brunner and Cornelius obtain the microfilm from Jerry's loathsome brother Frank. They proceed to an abandoned underground Nazi fortress in the Arctic to run the programme, with Jerry and Miss Brunner as the subjects. Written by Bernard Keane <BKeane2@email.dot.gov.au>

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The Future is Cancelled!

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Sci-Fi

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last Days of Man on Earth See more »

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Runtime:

| (uncut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The first cinema film of Sarah Douglas. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Baxter: Of course, the inevitable happened.
Miss Brunner: It frequently does.
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References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »

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"A Very Tasty World!"
12 September 2006 | by ShadeGrenadeSee all my reviews

The early-to-mid '70's saw a glut of movies predicting a pessimistic future for Mankind; 'Soylent Green', 'No Blade Of Grass', 'A Clockwork Orange', 'Logan's Run', the 'Planet Of The Apes' sequels and this, based on a Michael Moorcock novel. Jon Finch stars as Jerry Cornelius, Nobel Prize winner, rock star and secret agent, who embarks on a quest to free his beloved sister from the clutches of his evil brother Frank. The world Cornelius inhabits is the Swinging Sixties writ large; recreational drug use, rampant sexual promiscuity, and lack of respect for authority are rife. Writer, set designer and director Robert Fuest had worked on the 'Avengers' television series, and it shows. The sets are dazzling, the supporting cast good, and despite its pessimistic theme the film manages to be fun. Jenny Runacre steals the show as the bizarre 'Miss Brunner', a freakish mutation who absorbs the bodies of her lovers. You really need to watch this to believe it. Funny, stylish and erotic, its a genuine cult oddity.


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