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Electric Dreams (1984)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 20 July 1984 (USA)
An artificially intelligent PC and his human owner find themselves in a romantic rivalry over a woman.

Director:

Steve Barron

Writer:

Rusty Lemorande
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lenny von Dohlen ... Miles Harding
Virginia Madsen ... Madeline Robistat
Maxwell Caulfield ... Bill
Bud Cort ... Edgar (voice)
Don Fellows ... Mr. Ryley
Alan Polonsky Alan Polonsky ... Frank, Co-Worker
Wendy Miller Wendy Miller ... Computer Clerk
Harry Rabinowitz ... Conductor
Miriam Margolyes ... Ticket Girl
Holly De Jong Holly De Jong ... Ryley's Receptionist
Stella Maris Stella Maris ... Woman at Airport
Mary Doran Mary Doran ... Millie
Diana Choy Diana Choy ... Check-Out Girl
Jim Steck Jim Steck ... Removal Man
Gary Pettinger Gary Pettinger ... Removal Man
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Storyline

Miles buys himself a state-of-the-art computer that starts expressing thoughts and emotions after a having champagne spilled down on him. Things start getting out of hand when both Miles and Edgar, how the computer calls himself, fall in love with Madeline, an attractive neighbour. Written by Robert Zeithammel <zeit@cip.physik.uni-muenchen.de>

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Taglines:

The most unusual triangle in the history of love: a boy, a girl, and a computer. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 July 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor é Música See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,009,586, 22 July 1984, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$2,193,612

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,467,664
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Virgin See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During the climactic angry and heated confrontation between Miles and Edgar, Edgar displays a sinister red and black "eye" design on his screen. The eye is drawn in a style that is identical to the CBS television logo. See more »

Goofs

When Miles asks Madeleine out, she says she has rehearsals every night except Wednesday. Then later she says she can see him Wednesday, he asks 'what about rehearsal?' And she replies 'they cancelled it'. See more »

Quotes

Miles Harding: [talking to his computer] I thought you might like to meet a friend. Or at least my boss's computer.
[phone handset clicking]
Miles Harding: It's for you.
[puts handset into acoustic coupler modem]
Miles Harding: Hope it feels all right.
Work Computer Monitors: ACOUSTIC LINE ACTIVE
Pinecone Computer's Monitor: [with blinking question mark] PASSWORD ?
Miles Harding: [to himself] What was Riley's password? Some fairy tale. Snow White?
[In upstairs apartment, Madeline blow-dries her hair, feels chilly, and opens an air vent]
Miles Harding: [through air vent] Hello, Cinderella.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits: Green Text: A VIRGIN PICTURES PRODUCTION Multicolored Text: hello Green Text: HELLO Multicolored Text: is this a story? Green Text: YES Multicolored Text: what type? Green Text: FAIRYTALE FOR COMPUTERS Multicolored Text: name? Green Text: ELECTRIC DREAMS Then, both texts disappear and the movie's title appears in the multicolored text. See more »

Connections

References Love Connection (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Electric Dreams
Performed by P.P. Arnold
Composed by Boy George (as George O'Dowd) and Phil Pickett
Produced by Don Was
(c)1984 Virgin Music (publishers) Limited/Warner Bros. Music Limited
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An enjoyable, yet hard to find movie.
18 June 1999 | by GuyCCSee all my reviews

Electric Dreams is a quirky '80's film that has remained one of my favorites from that decade. The story of a boy, a girl, and a computer trying to find the meaning of love could have easily been a ridiculously campy movie, but instead is played out with a lighthearted sincerity. Lenny Von Dolen's portrayal of architect Miles Harding is done well, conveying the feelings of insecurity and wonder of falling in love for the first time, and Virginia Madsen's performance as would-be girlfriend Madeline equally shines. The movie is shot more like a music video (Director Steve Barron also worked on Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" video), and while there have been plenty of films that have used similar "MTV-style" techniques in the '90's, this was an unpioneered format at the time, and it seems to work the best here. The set design is great, the scene pacing doesn't drag on, and the sentiment is in the right place so that viewers can laugh at the humorous parts and relate during the romantic scenes. The music soundtrack is also top-notch, with music from Culture Club, Jeff Lynne, Heaven 17 and Giorgio Moroder. The computer technology and the commercials set this movie firmly in the early '80's, which may make it seem a little dated, but the overall story still holds up well and is fun. Electric Dreams is an enjoyable romantic fantasy that a lot of people may have missed when it was first released (even more so since the film seems to be out of print), but for those wanting to see something a little different, this may be what you've been looking for.


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