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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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Taglines:

The Most Fiendish Idea Ever Conceived By The Human Brain! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

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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Underrated psycho-thriller directed by William Conrad
17 July 2001 | by bmacvSee all my reviews

Like Raymond Burr, William Conrad started out in late-40s film noir as (no surprise) a heavy, and also ended up in series television ("Cannon"). But he also produced and directed both TV and some movies. His Brainstorm arrived in 1965, smack in the transition period from big old films made in the style of the studios to the newer kinds of filmmaking in the 1970s renaissance. It's an offbeat but interesting movie. The first third recalls Max Ophuls' Caught, the middle Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity, and conclusion Samuel Fuller's Shock Corridor. Jeff Hunter is a computer whiz working in some top-secret aerospace concern run by sinister mogul Dana Andrews. One night Hunter finds a car stalled on a railroad track with a woman (Anne Francis) passed out inside. He rescues her, and she turns out to be Andrews' wife, who was making a suicide attempt. Major complications ensue, with romantic involvement leading to attempts to "gaslight" Hunter which in turn engender a plot to murder Andrews. Viveca Lindfors turns up as an enigmatic psychoanalyst in this roiling plot that, in the spirit of the 60s, poses the question, "Is insanity contagious?"


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