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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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Mike Hodges

Writers:

Michael Crichton (novel), Mike Hodges
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Segal ... Harry Benson
Joan Hackett ... Dr. Janet Ross
Richard Dysart ... Dr. John Ellis
Donald Moffat ... Dr. Arthur McPherson
Michael C. Gwynne ... Dr. Robert Morris
William Hansen William Hansen ... Dr. Ezra Manon
Jill Clayburgh ... Angela Black
Norman Burton ... Det. Capt. Anders
James Sikking ... Ralph Friedman
Matt Clark ... Gerhard
Jim Antonio ... Richards
Gene Borkan Gene Borkan ... Benson's Guard
Burke Byrnes ... Benson's Guard
Jordan Rhodes ... Questioner No. 1
Dee Carroll Dee Carroll ... Night Nurse
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aivoryöstö See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When first announced by WB vice-president of worldwide production John Calley in 1971, " The Terminal Man " was going to be written and directed by Michael Crichton. See more »

Quotes

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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Featured in Cinemacabre TV Trailers (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

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 AaronCapenBannerSee 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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