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The Mind Snatchers (1972)

The Happiness Cage (original title)
PG | | Drama, Sci-Fi | TV Movie 28 June 1972
A German scientist works on a way of quelling overly aggressive soldiers by developing implants that directly stimulate the pleasure centers of the brain.

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Bernard Girard

Writers:

Ron Whyte (screenplay by), Dennis Reardon (play)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Walken ... Privatz James H. Reese
Joss Ackland ... Dr. Frederick
Ralph Meeker ... The Major
Ronny Cox ... Sergeant Boford Miles
Marco St. John ... Lawrence Shannon - orderly
Bette Henritze Bette Henritze ... Anna Kraus
Susan Travers ... Nurse Schroeder
Tom Aldredge ... Medic
Birthe Neumann Birthe Neumann ... Lisa (as Birthe Newmann)
Claus Nissen Claus Nissen ... Army Psychiatrist
Vibeke Juul Bengtsson Vibeke Juul Bengtsson ... (as Vibeke Bengtsson)
Katherine Argo Katherine Argo
Norman Mackie Norman Mackie
Leslie Ogle Leslie Ogle
Torben Hundal Torben Hundal
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A German scientist works on a way of quelling overly aggressive soldiers by developing implants that directly stimulate the pleasure centers of the brain.

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Sometimes the cure is deadlier than the disease.

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Drama | Sci-Fi

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PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

Denmark | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 June 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mind Snatchers See more »

Filming Locations:

Denmark

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The Major: Frankly, who would miss him?
Dr. Frederick: Who would miss him? Who, indeed. God help lonely people.
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After the end credits have rolled, over a freeze-frame of Private Reese, a Newsweek magazine cover picturing a monkey titled "Probing the Brain" is displayed, along with the text "In 1954, two Canadian scientists discovered that the brain contained areas of pleasure and of pain. Since then, in research institutes, hospitals, and sanitariums all over the world, electrical wires have been placed into the brains of guinea pigs, rabbits, monkeys......and humans." See more »

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A young Christopher Walken is the reason to watch this
3 February 2014 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

This low key drama is about medical experiments in the American military where a form of mind control is being developed which involves brain washing of violent individuals to make them 'good'. An unruly young soldier is sent to the facility where these techniques are being developed for conditioning.

The most significant thing about The Mind Snatchers is that it features a young Christopher Walken in an early starring role. He is certainly the best thing about the film. His intensity is evident at this early stage and he carries the movie really. While the plot-line has some definite similarities to A Clockwork Orange, whose success I am sure led to this stage play being filmed, it is much less cinematic and pretty under-stated. It's a little too stage-bound for its own good to be honest and a little bit bland overall. It's a shame because there is certainly the basis of something quite good here but the uninspired direction means that it is not entirely successful. Its low budget probably restricts it in some ways but I have seen other similarly cheap sci-fi films from the 70's that engage the viewer more. Still, it's interesting enough for a watch and Walken is very good. It also features Ronny Cox from Deliverance as a sex offending inmate in line for corrective surgery.


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