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Max Headroom (1985)

In the dystopic near future, a crusading TV reporter investigates news stories with the help of a wisecracking computer version of himself.

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Steve Roberts (screenplay), George Stone (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Frewer ... Edison Carter / Max Headroom
Nickolas Grace ... Grossman
Hilary Tindall Hilary Tindall ... Dominique
William Morgan Sheppard ... Blank Reg (as Morgan Sheppard)
Amanda Pays ... Theora Jones
Paul Spurrier ... Bryce Lynch
Hilton McRae Hilton McRae ... Breugal
George Rossi ... Mahler
Roger Sloman ... Murray
Anthony Dutton Anthony Dutton ... Gorrister
Constantine Gregory ... Ben Cheviot
Lloyd McGuire ... Edwards
Elizabeth Richardson Elizabeth Richardson ... Ms. Formby
Gary Hope ... Ashwell
Joane Hall Joane Hall ... Body Bank Receptionist
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Storyline

In the post-apocalyptic future where television sets are more important than food, TV ratings are the all important currency of the nation. A new technique of preventing viewers from channel surfing proves somewhat detrimental to particularly sedentary couch potatoes. The top studio becomes concerned: dead viewers make for low ratings. Edison Carter, top news reporter, is sent to find out more. After a motorcycle accident, his mind is preserved by wizz-kid Bryce and becomes his wise cracking, computer generated alter-ego: Max Headroom, who manages to boost ratings above those of any live hosts to date. This made for TV movie was later remade (sanitized version) as the first episode of the series. Written by Sven Kahrkling <sven@customized.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi

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Trivia

Max Headroom would re-appear in 2007, in a series of 6 adverts for Channel Four's "Get Set for Digital" awareness campaign. Within the adverts Max, still played by Matt Frewer, had aged and become bitter and twisted about how Channel Four had treated him. In one, Max also makes a bitingly pointed comment that Jim Carey stole Max's schtick. (It has been noticed that Jim and Max do have very similar manic personas). See more »

Quotes

Theora Jones: How's your head?
Edison Carter: Fine. How's yours?
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Crazy Credits

The credits roll over a shot of the overpass that our heroes just passed under. After a few minutes the van owned by the thugs that "killed" Edison passes under it - apparently going after our heroes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Best of the Worst: Wheel of the Worst #3 (2013) See more »

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Phenomenal future-shock sci-fi!
1 March 1999 | by KB-21See all my reviews

Like the TV show that followed it, the "Max Headroom" movie was a great grim look into a bleak, Blade-Runner-esque future ruled by corporations who keep the proletariat down by anesthetizing them with junk food and mind-numbing television pageantry. The parallels are frightening, or haven't you seen a Jerry Springer audience lately? The UK movie is, if anything, even grittier and more creepy than the eventual US pilot and TV series. It's out of print, but well worth searching out -- a dramatic, thought-provoking example of everything that's good about science fiction.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 1985 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Max Headroom: 20 Minutes Into the Future See more »

Filming Locations:

East Ham, London, England, UK

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Chrysalis See more »
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Mono

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Color (Technicolor)
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