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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 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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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

In January 2010, Roddenberry Productions announced that it was working with Imagine Television on a pilot for a new version of "The Questor Tapes". No further information was ever made available. See more »

Goofs

The Learjet 24A used near the end of the film changes tail numbers from N1972A to N1969A. 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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Referenced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Far Beyond the Stars (1998) See more »

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The best Pilot Gene Roddenberry made that was never used
7 July 2001 | by mushromSee all my reviews

One thing that Gene Roddenberry was good at was making excellent TV pilots. His only problem was in getting the networks to actually listen to them.

This movie was a pilot for a TV series, and was to far ahead of it's time. Made in the time after Star Trek TV series and the Star Trek motion pictures, it is a classic example of his idea of social commentary hidden as a Sci-Fi movie.

Questor is an android, in search of himself and his past. I remember seeing this when it was first broadcast, and again about 10 years later. But sadly, it is not available on Tape or DVD (NBC - Universal, pay attention).

Two things that are noteable are the connections to Star Trek, both past and future versions. His wife Majel Barrett and Walter Koenig both appear in this movie. But this is not unusual, if you look at most of his projects. Pretty Maids All In A Row, Genesis II, Planet Earth, even all the way back to The Lieutenant. Roddenberry consistantly used a lot of the same actors and actresses over and over again.

One of the things that struck me when I first saw Star Trek: Next Generation was the similarity between Data and Questor. An Android, in search of his mysterious past, a "father" creator that is said to be dead, yet is not dead, the question of who and what he is, man, machine, or both.

So this TV Pilot was just like the "Gary Seven" episode, in that it never took off. But the obvious influence on his later projects is obvious. We can only hope that someday, this will be made available on DVD so more people can discover this movie.

Considering all the "new" Roddenberry TV shows out there, I am actually surprised that this one has not been remade yet.


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