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Idaho Transfer (1973)

PG | | Sci-Fi | 15 June 1973 (USA)
During a time of waning global resources, a crew of young researchers travel into the future to escape an apocalypse before the shutdown of their time transfer project. They find that some ... See full summary »

Director:

Peter Fonda

Writers:

Thomas Matthiesen (story), Thomas Matthiesen (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelly Bohanon Kelly Bohanon ... Karen Braden (as Kelley Bohanon)
Kevin Hearst ... Ronald
Caroline Hildebrand Caroline Hildebrand ... Isa Braden
Keith Carradine ... Arthur
Dale Hopkins Dale Hopkins ... Leslie
Fred Seagraves Fred Seagraves ... Dr. Lewis
Ted D'Arms Ted D'Arms ... George Braden
Joe Newman Joe Newman ... Cleve
Susan Kelly Susan Kelly ... Nurse Nora
Meredith Hull Meredith Hull ... Jennifer
Roy B. Ayers Roy B. Ayers ... Elgin (as Roy Ayers)
Judy Motulsky Judy Motulsky ... Judy (as Judy Motolsky)
Kim Casper Kim Casper ... Anne
Debbie Scott Debbie Scott ... Joanna
Devin Burke Devin Burke ... Michael
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During a time of waning global resources, a crew of young researchers travel into the future to escape an apocalypse before the shutdown of their time transfer project. They find that some type of disaster has de-populated the Idaho region and, by implication, the nation or perhaps the world. Facing an unknown, barren future of abandoned towns and deserted vehicles; void of radio signals or any signs of air or land traffic, they encounter an abandoned freight train filled with bagged bodies. Their further discoveries of humanity's future fate is somewhat less than rosy. They also learn their time travel was not without significant costs to their own health. After one of the group travels further into the future, she encounters a family in a futuristic automobile; implying humankind has recovered from the disaster (or have they?) Written by ozman

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In the Earth Year 2029 there are only twelve young people left. They should be trying to start a new civilization... instead they're trying to kill each other! See more »

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Sci-Fi

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The film was released theatrically in 1973 for only a limited time, as the distributor - Cinemation - went bankrupt during the first week the film was released. Only in 1988 did the film resurface on video, through MPI Home Video. Only this version has Peter Fonda's opening remarks about the environment. Subsequent DVD releases do not include this. See more »

Goofs

When Karen returns to the camp to find everyone dead, in the establishing shot, her face is caked with dirt, but in subsequent close-ups, and all other shots, her face is clean. See more »

Quotes

Karen Braden: Ronald, I have something to tell you.
Ronald: Really?
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Alternate Versions

Video has a 1988 introduction by Peter Fonda speaking about environmental awareness. See more »

Connections

References Frankenstein (1931) See more »

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Badly plotted Sci-Fi mess
3 March 2006 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

The only reason I saw this film was due a mistake. I mistook the UK title, Deranged, for the 1974 Ed Gein flick. I was hoping this would be one of those great 'happy accidents', but unfortunately; it wasn't. Peter Fonda's Sci-Fi adventure has a good premise, but the plot fails to capitalise on it due to the fact that it's completely pointless. Screenplay writer Thomas Matthiesen doesn't seem to know where to go with his post-apocalyptic theme, and so what we get left with is a lumbering 'survivors' theme, tied in with something to do with time travel. The idea behind the central plot is that bunch of researchers travel into the future in order to discover what it is that has wiped out humanity. However, they soon become stranded and after uncovering some evidence, discover that maybe mankind hasn't been wiped out completely. Idaho Transfer actually gets off to quite an intriguing start; but it quickly dries up, and the middle of the film is much like watching paint dry. The plot picks up towards the end; when it pretty much self-destructs.

The film is directed by Easy Rider star, Peter Fonda, and to be fair; he does quite a good job. Fonda creates a good impression of a post-apocalyptic world. The environments are always desolate, and create a sense of hopelessness in the viewer. It's just unfortunate that the plot is desolate also. Peter Fonda doesn't appear in front of the camera and the lead role goes to Kelly Bohanon. None of the cast really stands out, and Bohanon is no different. Keith Carradine is the only name I recognise on the cast list and his performance is nothing special. To be honest, I've never been a big fan of seventies Sci-Fi; it doesn't age well, and these days the 'futuristic' computers look like they wouldn't be out of place in the Stone Age. I can't really say that it's a shame this film isn't very good; it hasn't got a great deal going for it anyway, but it definitely could have been a bit better, and its poor plotting that has made it lose out at the end of the day. I can't really say that there's anything to recommend this film for, and as it's not easy to come by; I don't recommend going out of your way to find a copy.


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Release Date:

15 June 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Пересадка в Айдахо See more »

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