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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.

Director:

Joy N. Houck Jr.

Writers:

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

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Taglines:

It Has No Conscience,It Shows No Mercy.

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Sci-Fi | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1987 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Gray Matter See more »

Filming Locations:

Mississippi, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Howco Productions Inc. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The eerie pulsating sound heard at around 45 minutes is the same as the sound heard in the derelict space station in Lost In Space. See more »

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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. The boom mic is also seen in the pool scene and when James Best is talking in another scene. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Roland Roth: Truth... is the most viable aspect of this program for which you have volunteered!
Minnie Lee Parks: You mean the whole truth?
Dr. Roland Roth: Yes!
Minnie Lee Parks: About everything?
Dr. Roland Roth: Yes!
Minnie Lee Parks: Golly! This experiment is gonna get a "X" rating!
[laughs from the volunteers]
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Just What Was the Point
4 May 2006 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Someone mentioned editing. This is edited badly and what started out as somewhat intriguing became an incomprehensible mess. For starters, let us know what it is you are trying to do with these experiments. Why are these people the best choices for the type of experimenting they are involved in? And, what exactly are they testing? Apparently there is some grand plan that some agency is going to exploit. The acting is pretty bad. Everyone is emoting. Everyone is keeping secrets. They frequently mention that if it weren't for the money, they'd hang it up. There's a deranged minister who spouts scripture. On and on. But, again, the biggest hang up is the lack of laying out a playing field for the actors. There are some really cheesy elements. Those little rooms and those chaise lounges. The awful wallpaper (was it wallpaper?). It was interesting, but didn't seem to go anywhere.


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