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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 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 Barbarao ... Technician (as Barbara O. Jones)
Dana Laurita Dana Laurita ... Amy
Monica MacLean Monica MacLean ... Joan Kemp
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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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Taglines:

Never was a woman violated as profanely... Never was a woman subject to inhuman love like this... Never was a woman prepared for a more perverse destiny... See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Composer Jerry Fielding conceived and recorded several cues electronically, using the musique concrète sound world; some of this music he later reworked symphonically. This premiere release of the "Demon Seed" score features the entire orchestral score in stereo, as well as the unused electronic experiments performed by Ian Underwood (who would later be best known for his collaborations with James Horner) in mono and stereo. 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

Alex Harris: [to his wife, from whom he's separating] Trouble is, you see, we... we have different visions of the world. You find me boring. I find myself quite interesting, really.
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Referenced in The Deuce: We're All Beasts (2018) See more »

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Intelligent SF/horror movie.
1 December 2001 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

If you know anything about Donald Cammell's checkered career watching 'Demon Seed' can be quite a strange experience because you can't help but wonder what it might have been if Cammell was able to bring his original vision to the screen without studio interference. For those unfamiliar with his sad tale watch the astonishingly original 'Performance' that he wrote and co-directed with Nic Roeg, then try and see the documentary 'Donald Cammell: The Ultimate Performance' which fills in the gaps from that landmark to his untimely suicide in the 1990s.

Anyway, I can only comment on 'Demon Seed' as it is, and it's a very strong, intelligent and scary SF/horror movie. Recently activated super computer Proteus questions Alex Harris the scientist who created him (played by Fritz Weaver). He wants to know what the information he is gathering and problems he is being asked to be solved are REALLY all about. Not getting satisfactory answers he decides to rebel, and takes control of Harris' fully automated home, which is occupied by his estranged wife Susan (Julie Christie).

Almost immediately Susan and Proteus are at odds. Proteus won't accept non-cooperation with his plans, which include Susan's impregnation, and she becomes a terrorized prisoner of the "evil" (?) computer. What follows is a battle of wills and wits, which makes compulsive viewing. 'Demon Seed' may be dated in the FX department, what SF over twenty years old isn't, but it compensates with suspense, style and food for thought. Plus one of the best endings of any 1970s SF movie! Make sure you see this one.


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