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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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
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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 »
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 »
A realistic look at a bleak future not far from now
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.
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