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The Brain Machine (1977)

Several people volunteer for a scientific experiment about mind-reading and memory, but the experiment goes horribly wrong.


Joy N. Houck Jr.


Thomas Hal Phillips (story and screenplay), Christian Garrison (story and screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Best ... Rev. Emory Neill
Barbara Burgess Barbara Burgess ... Dr. Carol Portland
Gil Peterson ... Dr. Elton Morris
Gerald McRaney ... Willie West
Marcus J. Grapes Marcus J. Grapes ... Judd Reeves
Doug Collins Doug Collins ... Dr. Roland Roth
Ann Latham ... Minnie Lee Parks (as Anne Latham)
Thomas Hal Phillips Thomas Hal Phillips ... The General (as Thomas Phillips)
Christian Garrison Christian Garrison ... Garrison
Stocker Fontelieu Stocker Fontelieu ... Saxon
Tom Dever ... Bodyguard
Stuart Lancaster ... Senator
Zephirin Hymel IV Zephirin Hymel IV ... Dr. Krisner (as Zephirin Hymel)
Sam Sherrill Sam Sherrill ... A Guard
Stephen C. Burnham Stephen C. Burnham ... Williams


Several people volunteer for a scientific experiment about mind-reading and memory, but the experiment goes horribly wrong.

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It Has No Conscience,It Shows No Mercy.


Sci-Fi | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence and sexual content | See all certifications »






Release Date:

9 February 1987 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Gray Matter See more »

Filming Locations:

Mississippi, USA

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Production Co:

Howco Productions Inc. See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The lettering style of the credits looks the same as those in Mannix. See more »


In the scene where the computer first fails, the boom mic is clearly visible in the center of the top of the screen after the close-up of the technician. See more »

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The Whole Truth and Nothing But
15 December 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

After watching The Brain Machine in stages because I was fighting fatigue to complete this movie I'm still not sure of what I saw. Four people James Best, Ann Latham, Gerad McRaney, and Marcus Grapes all of whom have no close family volunteer to be paid lab rats for an experimental mind control machine. Two firm prerequisites for these people, no close family and they have to tell the absolute truth in that closed environment that they live in now.

Somebody should have told them to watch The Forbidden Planet and how those far superior Krells couldn't deal with monsters from the ID. My guess is that this top secret experiment was to develop some kind of ultimate interrogation machine. That's why so many sinister forces seem bent on achieving success with the experiment, however success is to be measured. The Brain Machine isn't really clear on what's going on.

The whole thing will leave you bored and confused.

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