7.3/10
1,780
11 user 5 critic

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.

Writers:

Steve Roberts (screenplay), George Stone (story) | 2 more credits »
Reviews
3 wins. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Max Headroom (1987–1988)
Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In the near future, an intrepid investigative TV reporter does his job with the help of his colleagues and a computerized version of himself.

Stars: Matt Frewer, Amanda Pays, Chris Young
The Max Headroom Show (TV Series 1985)
Animation | Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Max Headroon, the stylish, charming and egotistical artificial intelligence program with a speech impediment, gets to host his own talk show. Done in the same style as Late Night and The ... See full summary »

Stars: Sting, Matt Frewer, Boy George
Comedy | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Following the success of his sci-fi series "Max Headroom: 20 Minutes into the Future," the original talk show of the famous disembodied stuttering head with an over-inflated ego was brought... See full summary »

Stars: Gilbert Gottfried, Grace Jones, William Shatner
Short | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Illegal broadcast showing Max Headroom Impostor doing non-sense things and obscenities, shown over sports news and "Doctor Who" episode, which became cult phenomena as culprits were never captured.

Stars: Anonymous
Brave New World (TV Movie 1980)
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A man who grew up in a primitive society educating himself by reading Shakespeare is allowed to join the futuristic society where his parents are from. However, he cannot adapt to their repressive ways.

Director: Burt Brinckerhoff
Stars: Julie Cobb, Bud Cort, Keir Dullea
The Benny Hill Show (TV Special 1967)
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A one-off special from Benny Hill, produced for ATV in 1967, featuring musical numbers from The Seekers (who sing "When Will the Good Apples Fall" and "Music of the World A'Turning") and ... See full summary »

Director: Philip Casson
Stars: Benny Hill, Judith Durham, The Seekers
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Frewer ... Edison Carter / Max Headroom
Nickolas Grace 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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi

Edit

Details

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

Company Credits

Production Co:

Chrysalis See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The character of "Max Headroom" was originally apparently created as a literal talking head that would host a music video show, produced by Chrysalis Visual Programming for the broadcaster Channel Four (UK). At the time the production company was a division of the record label Chrysalis Records, so presumably featured only music videos from their artists and labels. This film was actually in effect the pilot for the music video series, setting up a backstory setting up his character's stylised sassy talking head existence. The various bits of Max hosting between the music videos, such as his thoughts and monologues was not unlike the later MTV series "Beavis and Butthead". Some of his hosting sequences were later re-used in the Lorimar-Telepictures re-boot. See more »

Quotes

Edison Carter: This is Edison Carter, coming to you Live and Direct, on Network 23.
See more »

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 »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A realistic look at a bleak future not far from now
9 December 1998 | by RichardSSee all my reviews

Reporter Edison Carter discovers that an advertising medium developed by the TV network he works for is killing viewers. The network attempts to 'dispose' of him and replace him with a computer generated version. And so the story goes...

This is a really good film, taking the bleak vision of Blade-Runner and injecting a little 20th century realism. Set in a world where TV networks rule and the population is made up of couch potatoes who rarely venture into the desolation outside their doors, Max Headroom is frighteningly plausible and potentially very downbeat.

However, the story has enough lighter moments to balance the overall darkness of the film and together with a likeable and talented cast, this is a thoroughly enjoyable film that - like its content - was maybe a bit too ahead of its time. 10/10.


22 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 11 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed