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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

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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The character of Questor is considered a prototype of Gene Roddenberry's later creation, Data of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). In particular, a scene written for this movie in which Questor makes love to a female character was reportedly ordered cut by censors, but Gene Roddenberry later arranged for a similar scene to be included in the Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) episode, "The Naked Now." See more »

Goofs

Toward the end of the film, Mount Ararat is shown as a very sharply defined, very vertical mountain not unlike one you would find in the Rockies or Sierra Nevada. The actual Mount Ararat is actually a very weathered mountain most of whose slopes are, compared to the mountain in the film, much gentler. See more »

Quotes

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 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Far Beyond the Stars (1998) See more »

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The usual 70s android stuff
16 December 2012 | by ctomvelu1See all my reviews

I suppose this TV movie could have been turned into a series. It probably would have been no worse than The Six Million Dollar Man, which today is unwatchable. Robert Foxworth minus his usual mustache plays an android in search of his missing creator and some answers about his purpose. Mike Farrell plays his builder and companion. The military is after them, led by John Vernon of Animal House fame. I found the movie incredibly dull, even though it was a Roddenberry concept. Maybe it looked like something in 1974, but not today. Foxworth's android was clearly the forerunner for Data, by the way, just not as interesting. But who knows? Maybe a series would have made a difference.


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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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1.33 : 1
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