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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 »

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Peter Fonda

Writers:

Thomas Matthiesen (story), Thomas Matthiesen (screenplay)
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Cast

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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Storyline

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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"Can the future be saved by the ideals of the past?" See more »

Genres:

Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Пересадка в Айдахо See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the film, the transfer sends people 56 years in the future. The date is conflictingly stated in external promotional materials as either 2029 or 2044, due to the long gap between the theatrical release (1973) and the home video release (1988). See more »

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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 »

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Karen Braden: Ronald, I have something to tell you.
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Like a haunting dream
28 March 2003 | by DocEmmettBrownSee all my reviews

I saw this movie many years ago completely by mistake (the video store had got it mixed up with another film called Deranged) and it has haunted me ever since.

After years of searching for a copy I finally located it on Ebay. On watching it again I was surprised to find it had lost none of its hypnotic power. I was also surprised to find it was directed by Peter Fonda.

The story concerns a group of youngsters who go into the future to study the earth, post apocalypse. A number of incidents result in them getting stuck in the future, left with the notion of restarting civilisation.

The film itself is unbelievably stark in its presentation, this is mainly due to the restrictions of a clearly minuscule budget (the sets in their entirety include a road, a corridor, a room and a desert plain). There is very little warmth from the story, sets or characters, the script is fairly cheesy and the special effects are pretty poor.

Despite of this the film someone creates a hold over you. Despite its flaws I never once considered turning it off, I sat, hypnotised as the scenes unfolded. Ever had a dream from which you've woken up slightly troubled, though you're not sure why? This is the film version of one of those dreams.

It's hard to explain in writing. If you ever come across a copy of this film I urge you to see it. You may not like it but I guarantee you'll not forget it too soon.

and I've not even mentioned the ending...!


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