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The Questor Tapes (1974)

Project Questor is the brainchild of the genius Dr. Vaslovik, who developed plans to build an android super-human. Although he has disappeared and half of the programming tape was erased in... See full summary »

Director:

Richard A. Colla

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (teleplay), Gene L. Coon (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Foxworth ... Questor
Mike Farrell ... Jerry Robinson
John Vernon ... Geoffrey Darro
Lew Ayres ... Vaslovik
James Shigeta ... Dr. Chen
Robert Douglas ... Dr. Michaels
Dana Wynter ... Lady Helena Trimble
Ellen Weston Ellen Weston ... Allison Sample
Majel Barrett ... Dr. Bradley
Reuben Singer Reuben Singer ... Dr. Gorlov
Walter Koenig ... Administrative Assistant
Fred Sadoff ... Dr. Audret
Gerald Peters Gerald Peters ... Randolph
Edyie Girard Edyie Girard ... Stewardess
Alan Caillou ... Immigration Offical
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Project Questor is the brainchild of the genius Dr. Vaslovik, who developed plans to build an android super-human. Although he has disappeared and half of the programming tape was erased in the attempt to decode it, his former colleagues continue the project and finally succeed in creating Questor. However, Vaslovik seems to have installed a secret program in Questor's brain. He flees and starts to search for Vaslovik. Since half of his knowledge is missing, he needs the help of Jerry Robinson, who is now suspected of having stolen the android. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Leonard Nimoy was considered for the role of Questor. See more »

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The Learjet 24A used near the end of the film changes tail numbers from N1972A to N1969A. See more »

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Jerry Robinson: Do you understand the implications of all this? Suppose Vaslovik isn't a good man.
[pause]
Jerry Robinson: Suppose he isn't even sane.
Questor: One's creator not sane... An interesting question. How would you answer that query in your own case, my friend?
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Referenced in Chaos on the Bridge (2014) See more »

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arguably roddenberry's greatest effort
11 September 2003 | by secragtSee all my reviews

IMHO this is one of the best sci-fi TV movies ever. For once they gave Roddenberry some money and it shows up on the screen, particularly in the stirring climax which still works today. The plot is witty and features a few nice surprises. The performances are uniformly solid. In particular, Robert Foxworthy brings surprising warmth and depth to what was obviously the prototype to the DATA character from STTNG; it is probably the best acting job Foxworthy ever did, which is doubly impressive since he is supposed to be playing an emotionless android. In fact, he slips in plenty of emotion, but the insertions are subtle and well-handled. Mike Farrell (right before his own far more lengthy and lucrative insertion in MASH) is also at the top of his game as the humanistic scientist and guide for Questor. John Vernon, fresh off all those venomous villain roles from MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, is reliably intimidating as the aggressive (but ultimately conscientious) antagonist.

Why does QUESTOR still resonate thirty years later? Frankly, because all of the questions about what makes man unique are only more relevant today with the advent of cloning and super microchips which make today's computers even more intelligent and capable than the fiction Roddenberry envisioned back in '73. Most of the things forecast in QUESTOR have come to pass from the creation of the internet to the polarization of the class system and symbiosis of the world economy. Man will always question his place / role in the universe and QUESTOR gets to that issue of self-awareness and "what is my purpose" as productively and entertainingly as any other sci-fi offering I can think of. It's also thought-provoking and while it momentarily lurches toward preaching at the end, somehow it all comes out just right.

So why didn't it make it to series? My hunch is that since ABC had already added THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN on their fall schedule the feeling was that QUESTOR was too similar (or "too cerebral," which was the reason the original Star Trek pilot didn't fly.) The truth is, it probably would have been difficult to maintain the quality of the pilot given the limited format. However, it would have been an interesting try and I think it would have probably been more insightful than THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN. 9/10


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Release Date:

23 January 1974 (USA) See more »

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