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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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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
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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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 1985 (UK) See more »

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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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Trivia

Remade almost scene-for-scene as the first episode of Max Headroom (1987). Only Frewer, Pays and Sheppard appeared in both versions. The obese TV viewer's death by "blipberts", and Carter's reaction to it, as well as the live TV doctor's topic on colon health were discarded. See more »

Quotes

Max: And then there's politicians. It's easy to tell when a politician is lying: their lips move.
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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 »

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I wish everything was on DVD now!!!!!
24 January 2005 | by amigafutureSee all my reviews

I grew up as a teen in the 80s being a HUGE computer geek back when the term wasn't popular. There was something special about Max Headroom, & I still to this day (1/24/2005) think it was one of the BEST TV shows made! It was the only show I made time for...otherwise I was outside with friends or doing some programming with my Commodore 64 (once I found out Amiga computers were used in the show I **wanted** one. Sometime later I bought one, I still believe the Amiga IS the BEST computer platform there has ever been. Windows just doesn't match up. Anyway, I digress...

I loved the humor of Max Headroom/Edison Carter. Matt pulled the characters off very well. The show really did inspire the young hacker in me as well as the fantasy idea (of the time) for computer generating a Computer Character like Bryce did. ;) Hehe. The sense of humor was awesome, the character roles were very good & it touched very WELL on the Truth of TV!!! :D

I would love to see all of the episodes, commercials U.S & U.K., talk shows, & the Paranomia music video by The Art Of Noise come out on DVDs. Everything that was Max Headroom should be on DVD by *NOW*!! A lot of other junk TV like Sienfeld, Friends, etc have made it to DVD & they don't have the loyal following that MAX does. Common, we're WAITING to spend our hard earned $$ on MAX HEADROOM DVDs Loaded with EXTRAS, interviews, the Car Commercial, & so MUCH MORE. Get that stuttering dude on DVDs!!!! It's WAAAAAAAAY past time, Folks!!

As we used to say in the 80s... MAX HEADROOM for President!! At least THAT talking Head says something worth hearing!! :D

Bravo to Bravo for when they aired MAX HEADROOM without commercials. I miss MAX on Cinemax, too!


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