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Brainstorm (1965)

Approved | | Drama, Thriller | 5 May 1965 (USA)
Scientist Jim Grayam saves his boss' wife from suicide but falls in-love with her and plots to kill her husband by pretending to be criminally insane.

Director:

William Conrad

Writers:

Mann Rubin (screenplay), Lawrence B. Marcus (story) (as Larry Marcus)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jeffrey Hunter ... Jim Grayam (as Jeff Hunter)
Anne Francis ... Lorrie Benson
Dana Andrews ... Cort Benson
Viveca Lindfors ... Dr. Elizabeth Larstadt
Stacy Harris ... Josh Reynolds
Kathie Browne ... Angie DeWitt (as Kathie Brown)
Phillip Pine ... Dr. Ames
Michael Pate ... Dr. Mills
Robert McQueeney Robert McQueeney ... Sgt. Dawes
Strother Martin ... Mr. Clyde
Joan Swift Joan Swift ... Clara
George Pelling George Pelling ... Butler
Victoria Paige Meyerink ... Julie Benson (as Victoria Meyerink)
Stephen Roberts Stephen Roberts ... Judge
Pat Cardi ... Bobby
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A young scientist saves an attractive married woman from a suicide attempt, becomes romantically involved with her, plots to kill her husband, and then fakes insanity to escape the murder charge. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das teuflische Spiel See more »

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Mono

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2.35 : 1
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There are several connections with the cast and crew: Dana Andrews and Jeffrey Hunter appeared in The Frogman together, in 1951... Hunter played Andrews' character in Lure Of The Wilderness, which was a remake of Swamp Water... Dana Andrews and Anne Francis had worked together twice: In The Crowded Sky (as pilot and flight attendant) and The Satan Bug (as father and daughter)... Jeffrey Hunter was directed by William Conrad in The Man From Galveston... And Viveca Lindfors played Pilot's wife in King of Kings, where Hunter played Jesus Christ. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Larstadt is looking at the x-rays of what is supposedly Grayam's skull, the films are clearly not all of the same person. Note the different dental work in the last two images, for example. See more »

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"The Days of Wine and Neuroses!"
30 April 2010 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

After being seduced by the unstable wife of his millionaire boss, a brilliant young engineer concocts a crackpot plan for the two to be together: murder her husband and then convince a panel of psychiatrists that he is clinically insane (the rationale being, I assume, that incarceration in a mental asylum is much preferable to prison!). Warner Bros. potboiler with a television budget--another in a string of pulpy, somewhat-sleazy yarns to be directed by William Conrad--is engrossing and enjoyable, even as it fails to come to much. Conrad works well with his actors while concentrating firmly on his narrative, however his scene transitions are amateurish and his work is not helped by the TV drama-styled editing (not to mention the melodramatic music cues). Jeffrey Hunter (curiously billed as Jeff Hunter) begins the film behaving like a staunch, overgrown Boy Scout, but by the second-half really goes out on a limb with the tics, cold sweats, and stammers of a man driven half-mad by desire. Screenwriter Mann Rubin preys upon the viewer's fear of insanity by setting our hero up as a dupe, a willing 'Gaslight' victim who may not be one-hundred-percent in the head anyway. There are no surprise twists to the plot, nor do Conrad or Rubin mean this to be a cautionary tale for would-be illicit lovers. It's rather a squarely straightforward tale with incidental characters (such as Viveca Lindfors' sweetly smiling doctor) who are never fully explained and a finale that is meant to be highly shocking. **1/2 from ****


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