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Brilliant researchers Lillian Reynolds and Michael Brace have developed a system of recording and playing back actual experiences of people. Once the capability of tapping into "higher brain... See more »

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Michael Brace
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Karen Brace
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Lillian Reynolds
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Alex Terson
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Gordy Forbes
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Landan Marks
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Robert Jenkins
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Hal Abramson
Bill Morey ...
James Zimbach
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Chris Brace
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Security Technician
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Chef
Stacey Kuhne-Adams ...
Andrea
John Hugh ...
Animal Lab Technician
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Barry (as David Wood)
Keith Colbert ...
Dr. Ted Harris
Jerry Bennett ...
Dr. Janet Bock
Mary Fran Lyman ...
Realtor (as Mary-Fran Lyman)
Jack Harmon ...
Security Guard
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Simulator Technician
Kelly W. Brown ...
Race Car Man
Desiree Ayres ...
Bikini Girl #1
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Bikini Girl #2
Alan G. Butler ...
Man at Party #1
Robert Bloodworth ...
Man at Party #4
Georgianne Walken ...
Wendy Abramson
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Col. Howe (as Jim Boyd)
Charlie Briggs ...
Col. Easterbrook
Ann Lincoln ...
Alex's Secretary
Robert Terry Young ...
Minister on Bell Tower (as Rev. Robert Terry Young)
Bill Willens ...
Emergency Room Doctor
Jim Burk ...
Lab Technician
James J. Casino ...
Tape Library Technician (as Jimmy Casino)
Robert Hippard ...
Screaming Man
John Gladstein ...
Dr. Pederson
Herbert Hirschman ...
Dr. Graf
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Bellhop
Bill Couch ...
Agent #1
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Agent #2
Wallace Merck ...
Agent #3
Glen Lee ...
Agent #4
Ernest Robinson ...
Guard #1 (as Ernie Robinson)
Roger Black ...
Bob Burns
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Guard #2
May Boss ...
Tape Library Woman (as May Raymond Boss)
Clay Boss ...
Tape Library Man
Peter Harrell ...
Doug
Susan Kampe ...
Angel
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Food Fantasy Girl (uncredited)
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Young Technician (uncredited)
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Baby (uncredited)
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Party Attendee (uncredited)

Directed by

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Douglas Trumbull

Written by

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Bruce Joel Rubin ... (story)
 
Robert Stitzel ... (screenplay) and
Philip Frank Messina ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Joel L. Freedman ... executive producer
Douglas Trumbull ... producer
Richard Yuricich ... associate producer

Music by

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James Horner

Cinematography by

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Richard Yuricich ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Freeman A. Davies ... (as Freeman Davies)
Edward Warschilka

Editorial Department

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Barbara Dunning ... assistant film editor
Terry Ladin ... post-production office coordinator
William Pine ... color timer
Nora Jeanne Smith ... negative cutter (as Jeanne Smith)
Edward A. Warschilka ... assistant film editor (as Edward Warschilka Jr.)

Casting By

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Toni Howard
Lynn Stalmaster

Production Design by

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John Vallone

Art Direction by

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David L. Snyder

Set Decoration by

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Linda DeScenna
Tom Pedigo

Costume Design by

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Donfeld

Makeup Department

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Edwin Butterworth ... makeup artist: Ms. Wood
Bette Iverson ... hair stylist (as Bette L. Iverson)
Robert Jiras ... makeup artist
Kaye Pownall ... hair stylist: Ms. Wood
Edward Ternes ... makeup artist (as Edward C. Ternes)

Production Management

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Jack Grossberg ... executive in charge of production / unit production manager
John G. Wilson ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Patrick Cosgrove ... second assistant director
Brian E. Frankish ... first assistant director
Bob Jeffords ... first assistant director (as Robert Jeffords)
Eugene Mazzola ... first assistant director
David McGiffert ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Jack E. Ackerman ... property master
Philip Calhoun ... assistant property (as Phil Calhoun)
Paul J. Campanella ... stand-by painter (as Paul Campanella)
Stephen Dane ... assistant art director
Joey De Rosa ... leadman (as Joe DeRosa)
Michael Gibson ... artistic consultant
Steve Kinyoun ... construction coordinator (as Steven L. Kinyoun)
Thomas Meleck ... assistant art director (as Tom Melleck)
Jerry Morawski ... artistic consultant
Claude F. Powell ... construction coordinator
Marjorie Stone ... set designer
Ann Vidor ... artistic consultant
Robert Van Dyke ... propmaker gangboss (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Teri E. Dorman ... sound editor
Jay Engel ... adr editor
Don Hall ... sound editor
Joseph A. Ippolito ... sound editor (as Joe Ippolito)
John A. Larsen ... sound editor (as John Larsen)
Don MacDougall ... supervising re-recording mixer
John L. Mack ... re-recording mixer
Jack Manning ... special synthesizer effects
Pete Martinez ... cable man
Art Rochester ... sound mixer
Victoria Rose Sampson ... sound editor
William A. Sawyer ... sound editor (as Bill Sawyer)
Frank Serafine ... special synthesizer effects
Richard Thornton ... boom man
Richard Tyler ... re-recording mixer
Ian Underwood ... special synthesizer effects
Eric Whitfield ... assistant sound editor
Ken Dufva ... foley artist (uncredited)
George E. Marshall Jr. ... boom operator: second unit (uncredited)
Philip Rogers ... sound recordist (uncredited)
Curt Schulkey ... sound editor (uncredited)
Jerry Whittington ... sound effects editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Eric Allard ... special effects
Martin Bresin ... special effects
Paul Curley ... miniatures and action props
Leslie Ekker ... miniatures and action props
Kento Gebo ... miniatures and action props
Ron Gress ... miniatures and action props (as Ronald Gress)
Robert L. Johnston ... miniatures and action props (as Robert Johnston)
Michael McMillen ... miniatures and action props (as Mike McMillen)
Tom Pahk ... miniatures and action props (as Thomas Pahk)
John Piner ... projectionist
Robin Reilly ... miniatures and action props
Christopher S. Ross ... miniatures and action props (as Christopher Ross)
Dennis Schultz ... miniatures and action props
David Shwartz ... miniatures and action props
Robert Spurlock ... special effects
Rick Thompson ... miniatures and action props (as Richard Thompson)
Jor Van Kline ... special effects (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Michael Backauskas ... optical line-up: Entertainment Effects Group
Don Baker ... compsy effects supervisor: Entertainment Effects Group
Charles Cowles ... optical camera operator (as Chuck Cowles)
Tom Cranham ... illustrator
James R. Dickson ... additional photography: Entertainment Effects Group
Stephen Fog ... mechanical technician (as Stephen C. Fog)
Ernest Garza ... still lab technician
William Goddard ... electronics technician
Robert Hall ... optical effects supervisor: Entertainment Effects Group
Alan Harding ... lead camera technician
Robert Hickson ... effects artistic consultant
Jack Hinkle ... assistant editor: Entertainment Effects Group
Robert Hippard ... post-production coordinator: Entertainment Effects Group
Richard E. Hollander ... compsy technical supervisor: Entertainment Effects Group (as Richard Hollander)
Dick Lasley ... illustrator
Robin Dean Leyden ... electronics technician (as Robin Leyden)
Gary Lynn Love ... electronics technician
Virgil Mirano ... visual consultant
Paul Olsen ... effects artistic consultant
Beth Parker ... film technician
George Polkinghorne ... cine technician
Adolf Schaller ... effects artistic consultant
Mark Stetson ... action props and miniatures supervisor: Entertainment Effects Group
David K. Stewart ... director of photography: Entertainment Effects Group (as Dave Stewart)
Patrick Van Auken ... grip: effects (as Pat Van Auken)
Paul Van Camp ... electronics technician
John C. Wash ... animation and graphics: Entertainment Effects Group
Peggy Weil ... effects artistic consultant
Mark West ... mechanical technician (as Mark J. West)
Alison Yerxa ... visual effects supervisor: Entertainment Effects Group
Dana Yuricich ... assistant matte artist
Matthew Yuricich ... matte artist: Entertainment Effects Group

Stunts

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Bill Couch ... stunt coordinator
Tommy J. Huff ... stunt performer: guard #2 (as Tommy Huff)
Ernest Robinson ... stunt performer: guard #1 (as Ernie Robinson)
Mags Kavanaugh ... stunt double (uncredited)
Ed McDermott II ... stunt player (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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William L. Asman ... camera operator (as William Asman)
Albert Bettcher ... camera operator (as Al Bettcher)
Leonardo Chavez ... second grip
Ralph Gerling ... camera operator
Michael Gershman ... camera operator
Carl R. Gibson Jr. ... best boy grip
Dennis Greene ... dolly grip (as Dennis W. Greene)
Rhonda C. Gunner ... video technician (as Rhonda Gunner)
Bob Haagensen ... director of photography: second unit
Craig Haagensen ... first assistant camera
David R. Hardberger ... camera technician (as David Hardberger)
Thomas E. Hayes ... assistant chief lighting technician
Len Hekel ... still photographer
Ted Holt ... chief lighting technician (as Theodore Porter Holt)
Dan Lerner ... camera operator (as Daniel Lerner)
Christine M. Loss ... still photographer (as Christine Loss)
Bruce MacCallum ... second assistant camera (as Bruce McCallum)
Gregory L. McMurry ... video engineer (as Greg McMurry)
Josh Morton ... camera technician (as Joshua Morton)
Jim Rose ... assistant chief lighting technician
Tim Ryan ... key grip
Steven H. Smith ... first assistant camera (as Steve Smith)
Tama Takahashi ... camera technician
Joseph F. Valentine ... camera operator (as Joe Valentine)
Ronald Vidor ... camera operator
Josh Weiner ... still photographer
Jim Wuertemburg ... assistant chief lighting technician (as James T. Wuertenburg)
Thomas Baker ... motion-control camera (uncredited)
Albert Hood ... electrician (uncredited)
John Reynolds ... lighting technician (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Deedee Burch ... costumer
Richard Butz ... costumer: men (as Dick Butz)
John George ... costumer
Aida Swinson ... costumer: women

Location Management

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Paul Pav ... location manager

Music Department

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Bill Crofut ... consultant: source music
Harry V. Lojewski ... music supervisor
Greig McRitchie ... orchestrator
Shawn Murphy ... music recording supervisor
Douglas Neslund ... conductor: California Boys Choir
William Saracino ... music editor
J. Benjamin Smith ... conductor: The Duke University Choir
James Horner ... conductor (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Frank Mielcarek ... transportation captain (as Frank Meilcarek)
Randy Peters ... transportation coordinator
Don Pierce ... transportation captain

Other crew

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Joyce Goldberg ... assistant: Mr. Yuricich
Christina Grof ... consultant: experimental sequence
Stanislav Grof ... consultant: experimental sequence
Vic Heutschy ... unit publicist
Jessi Katz ... post-production aide
Michael Knutsen ... craft service (as Michael P. Knutsen)
Don Levy ... unit publicist
Durk Pearson ... scientific consultant
George Pryor ... post-production aide
Ana Maria Quintana ... script supervisor
Sandy Shaw ... scientific consultant
Barbara Spitz ... production office coordinator
Daniel R. Suhart ... post-production aide (as Dan Suhart)
Evans Wetmore ... consulting engineer
Robert Wilson ... post-production aide
Allen Yamashita ... assistant: Mr. Trumbull
Carolyn Bates ... effects assistant (uncredited)
Dixie Fusillo ... production accountant (uncredited)

Thanks

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James B. Hunt Jr. ... through the assistance of (as Governor James B. Hunt Jr.)
Natalie Wood ... dedicatee (as Natalie)
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Brilliant researchers Lillian Reynolds and Michael Brace have developed a system of recording and playing back actual experiences of people. Once the capability of tapping into "higher brain functions" is added in, and you can literally jump into someone else's head and play back recordings of what he or she was thinking, feeling, seeing, etc., at the time of the recording, the applications for the project quickly spiral out of control. While Michael Brace uses the system to become close again to Karen Brace, his estranged wife who also works on the project, others start abusing it for intense sexual experiences and other logical but morally questionable purposes. The government tries to kick Michael and Lillian off the project once the vast military potential of the technology is discovered. It soon becomes obvious that the government is interested in more than just missile guidance systems. The lab starts producing mind torture recordings and other psychosis inducing material. When one of the researchers dies and tapes the experience of death, Michael is convinced that he must playback this tape to honor the memory of the researcher and to become enlightened. When another researcher dies during playback the tape is locked away and Michael has to fight against his former colleagues and the government lackeys that now run his lab in order to play back and confront the "scariest thing any of us will ever face" - death itself. Written by Eric van bezooijen

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Taglines ...The Ultimate Experience See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Gordon Forbes Tapes (United States)
  • Proyecto Brainstorm (Spain)
  • Θύελλα στον εγκέφαλο (Greece)
  • Thyella ston egefalo (Greece)
  • Projekt Brainstorm (West Germany)
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Runtime
  • 106 min
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Box Office

Budget $15,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $1,196,965, 02 Oct 1983

Did You Know?

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Trivia When Natalie Wood died near the end of principal photography, studio executives tried to kill the film and claim the insurance, saying that director Douglas Trumbull could not complete the film. However, Trumbull's contract gave that decision to him, and he insisted on completing it, using a stand-in and changing camera angles for the few remaining shots of Wood's character. The resulting hostility between Trumbull and the studio executives meant that this would be Trumbull's last Hollywood film. He has since devoted his efforts to effects work for IMAX films, theme park rides and the like. See more »
Goofs Alex tells Michael of the "death tape," that "Nobody plays that tape!" When Michael asks Alex where it is, Alex replies that is locked away, safe. If that was true, then why was Michael able to cue it up and access it on the machine like any of the other tapes in the tape room. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Natalie Wood (2014). See more »
Crazy Credits After the final credit has rolled, 'TO NATALIE' appears for a couple seconds See more »
Quotes Dr. Michael Anthony Brace: When I found her, she looked so peaceful. Why do you have to die to let go? All my life, I never needed anybody... And now, because of this thing she left me, I'm scared. For the first time in my life, I'm scared. But the thing is, I like it. I want more. You're married to a man who has a chance to take a scientific look at the scariest thing people ever have to face. I've gotta do this... gotta play that tape, and you gotta help me.
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