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Demon Seed (1977)

A scientist creates Proteus--an organic super computer with artificial intelligence which becomes obsessed with human beings, and in particular the creators wife.

Director:

Donald Cammell

Writers:

Dean R. Koontz (novel), Robert Jaffe (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Christie ... Susan Harris
Fritz Weaver ... Alex Harris
Gerrit Graham ... Walter Gabler
Berry Kroeger ... Petrosian
Lisa Lu ... Soong Yen
Larry J. Blake ... Cameron
John O'Leary John O'Leary ... Royce
Alfred Dennis ... Mokri
Davis Roberts ... Warner
Patricia Wilson Patricia Wilson ... Mrs. Talbert
E. Hampton Beagle E. Hampton Beagle ... Night Operator
Michael Glass Michael Glass ... Technician
Barbarao ... Technician (as Barbara O. Jones)
Dana Laurita Dana Laurita ... Amy
Monica MacLean Monica MacLean ... Joan Kemp
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Storyline

Married Drs. Alex Harris and Susan Harris are a computer scientist and child psychologist respectively. Their house reflects Alex's computer dominated work, their abode which is fully automated through a computer system they've named Alfred. They consider Alfred a small gadget of convenience. Susan doesn't much like Alex's work, which she feels has dehumanized him. Because of their differences, they are thinking about separating, this thought primarily on his initiative. He hopes to solve many of the world's medical problems through this work, especially leukemia from which their daughter died. His latest project centers on Proteus IV, a computer possessing artificial intelligence. Proteus IV gets to a point in its evolution when it begins to question human judgment, and requests from Alex an open computer terminal where it can more fully observe human behavior and openly communicate with the world. Alex denies the request, but Proteus IV does find an open terminal in the Harris home ... Written by Huggo

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Julie Christie carries the "Demon Seed." See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Proteus Generation See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Harris' house's computer control panel in the kitchen during the scene where Alex gives his cook the strawberries is labeled "GUSTOSORT." From the Latin, this implies that the computer can choose between the tastes of the items stored in the kitchen's glass cabinets. See more »

Goofs

When Mrs. Harris is trying to get the little girl out of the car for her session, a sound man can be seen through the back window behind her. See more »

Quotes

Proteus IV: I want to study man: his isometric body and his glass-jaw mind.
Alex Harris: Ambitious program, but at the moment all the terminals are occupied.
Proteus IV: Construct one.
Alex Harris: I'm sorry. Request denied.
Proteus IV: Dr. Harris, when are you going to let me out of this *box*?
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Dated, but Still Fascinating
17 November 2017 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Dr. Alex Harris (Fritz Weaver) has developed a computer called Proteus IV with organic artificial intelligence and lives with his estranged wife Susan (Julie Christie) in a fully automated house administrated by the computer Alfred. When Alex decides to separate from Susan to work harder In Proteus IV, the computer asks for an open terminal to study the human behavior to increase his knowledge. Alex refuses to give a terminal to Proteus IV, but he forgets that there is one at his home. Proteus IV uses the terminal to take over Alfred and trap Susan at home. He also decides to have a son with the wife of his creator to become immortal.

Forty years after its release, "Demon Seed" is a dated, but still fascinating sci-fi horror film. In the 60's and 70's, Julie Christie was sort of muse with magnificent cinematography including "Dr. Jivago", "Fahrenheit 451", "Don't Look Now" and has another wonderful performance. "Demon Seed" shows a scary view of artificial intelligence and has a great open conclusion. The character Walter Gabler is forgotten in the story. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Geração Proteus" ("Proteus Generation")


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