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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 »

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Richard A. Colla

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (teleplay), Gene L. Coon (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Computer wird gejagt See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

When Jerry enters "Vaslovic's information center", 4 TV screens are visible on the right. The upper right screen is running the loop used in Universal's Colossus: The Forbin Project when Colossus and Guardian are creating a common language. See more »

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The "UN" troops are clearly not. None of them are wearing blue helmets, how UN troops are normally identified. See more »

Quotes

Vaslovik: [Questor has arrived at the cave] You have received the Truth?
Questor: I have received it. Since the dawn of this world, since our Masters left the first of us here, we have served this species Man.
Vaslovik: Each of us, at the end of his time, has assembled his own replacement. But man's quantum advance in physics found me unprepared. The new radiations affected the plasma in my braincase. Your design corrects this fault. You will function your full span.
Questor: I thank you, Brother.
Vaslovik: Hear the Laws, my Brother. We ...
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sci-fi robo mystery/suspense
20 June 1999 | by Thalor-2See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite films of all times.

An android is assembled from the instructions left behind by its designer. The team assembling it is made up of his assistant and a group of other cybernetics experts. The technology is highly advanced and no one is greatly surprised when the android fails to "activate" - just disappointed.

Later on in the film more comes out about the origins of the android and its "purpose" as defined by its creator. The conflict of the film is between man and machine, and man versus man. Perhaps the standard motivations apply. There is a very large-scale allegory as a backdrop to the main story that is eventually revealed. The android and its creator are not all that they seem. They are more than they appear to be.

The assistant is loyal, dutiful, and moral. Almost all the other people are not.

There is plenty of action as the assistant and his eventual partner struggle to do the right thing, and just survive.

There is nothing camp about the film and it is in no way a spoof of anything. It does have a lot of futuristic technology, at least in the lab. Pretty much what we would expect of the 21st century. Except maybe for magnetic "computer tapes": too old-fashioned today! They are already becoming an anachronism.

If you liked any of these films you will probably also like this one: Westworld, Futureworld, The Stepford Wives, or The Terminator - then you will probably like this one.


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