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The Terminal Man (1974)

Hoping to cure his violent seizures, a man agrees to a series of experimental microcomputers inserted into his brain but inadvertently discovers that violence now triggers a pleasurable response his brain.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Harry Benson
... Dr. Janet Ross
... Dr. John Ellis
... Dr. Arthur McPherson
... Dr. Robert Morris
William Hansen ... Dr. Ezra Manon
... Angela Black
... Det. Capt. Anders
... Ralph Friedman
... Gerhard
... Richards
Gene Borkan ... Benson's Guard
... Benson's Guard
... Questioner No. 1
Dee Carroll ... Night Nurse
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As the result of a head injury, brilliant computer scientist Harry Benson begins to experience violent seizures. In an attempt to control the seizures, Benson undergoes a new surgical procedure in which a microcomputer is inserted into his brain. The procedure is not entirely successful. Written by Bruce Janson <bruce@cs.su.oz.au>

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Harry Benson is a brilliant computer scientist. For three minutes a day, he is violently homicidal.


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Dr. John Ellis: [Finishing up a briefing to a large audience of doctors and nurses, prior to the operation that will be performed on Benson] We have performed this operation successfully on animals 57 times. This will be the first such procedure on a human being.
Dr. Ezra Manon: [arising from his chair in the back of the audience] I'm grateful to Dr. Ellis that we are talking about a man, and not an animal. It seems to me that all the technical data, so skillfully expounded, is mere paper over the cracks. The patient is also a ...
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Goldberg Variation No. 25
by Johann Sebastian Bach (as J.S. Bach)
Played by Glenn Gould
Courtesy Columbia Records
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Haywire & Empty Thriller.
16 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

Based on the Michael Crichton novel, this adaptation(directed by "Get Carter" Mike Hodges) tells the story of computer programmer Harry Benson, who, in an attempt to cure his brain seizures, agrees to an experiment where he has micro-computers implanted in his brain, in order to correct the faulty brain chemistry. Things don't go as planned when his new mind starts to get pleasure from the violent impulses he now feels, and so escapes from the hospital, starting a desperate manhunt to prevent him from murdering anyone, and of course to cover-up the scientific failure.

George Segal is believable as Harry, and the rest of the cast is fine, and though Mike Hodges tries, this film is simply too dreary and downbeat to succeed, and by the end, there doesn't seem to have been any discernible point to it all.


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