Plastic surgeon Larry Roberts performs a series of minor alterations on a group of models who are seeking perfection. The operations are a resounding success. But when someone starts killing his beautiful patients, Dr. Roberts becomes suspicious and starts investigating. What he uncovers are the mysterious - and perhaps murderous - activities of a high-tech computer company called Digital Matrix.
If looks could kill...
Did You Know?
Writer-director Michael Crichton
once said of this film: "Television commercials are already manipulative. That's exactly what they're supposed to do. I don't consider that kind of manipulation evil, but what would happen if someone with a bit more scientific knowledge began tampering with commercials?" See more
At the conference near the end, when Dr. Larry Roberts is disguised as a security guard, during several sequences getting in and out of elevators the wound on the side of his mouth disappears and reappears. See more
Television can control public opinion more effectively than armies of secret police, because television is entirely voluntary. The American government forces our children to attend school, but nobody forces them to watch T.V. Americans of all ages *submit* to television. Television is the American ideal. Persuasion without coercion. Nobody makes us watch. Who could have predicted that a *free* people would voluntarily spend one fifth of their lives sitting in front of a *box* with pictures? ...
The broadcast television version contains additional footage, including a scene where Reston (James Coburn
) explains to Dr. Roberts (Albert Finney
and Cindy ('Susan Dey') why Digital Matrix had the "perfect" models killed. See more
Music and Lyrics by Barry De Vorzon
and Mike Towers
(as Michael Towers)
Performed by Sue Saad See more