American Playhouse (1981– )
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Overdrawn at the Memory Bank 

The mind of a computer programmer forced to take a virtual vacation is removed by a totalitarian government and accidentally trapped in the virtual reality simulation. He must find a way out before he expires.



(short story), (teleplay)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Griffiths ... Computech Apollonia James
... Aram Fingal / Rick Blaine
Donald Moore ... Novicorp Chairman / The Fat Man (as Donald C. Moore)
... Felicia Varley / Lola
Helen Carscallen ... Dr. Darwin
Rex Hagon ... Shuttle Passenger (as Rex Hagan)
Patrick Brymer ... Nirvana Clerk
... Djamilla
Denise Pidgeon ... Doppling Medico (as Denise Pigeon)
Bunty Webb ... Teacher
Audra Williams ... Desirée
Hadley Kay ... Marco
... Tooby
Arnie Achtman ... Slavin
... Gondol


Raul Julia plays Aram Fingal, a very intelligent computer programmer and a very bored man in the employ of Novicorp, a mega-corporation that exists somewhere in the future. When caught watching "Casablanca" at his desk, Fingal is required to undergo rehabilitation therapy called "doppling." Doppled patients find their minds transferred into the bodies of animals for a new outlook on life (and for a number of amusing nature documentary sequences narrated by Julia). However, Fingal's body is misplaced and he is transferred into a computer while the body is located. With the help of Appolonia James, a medical technician played by Linda Griffiths, Fingal manages to reprogram himself into a simulation of Casablanca and eventually gains access to Novicorp's financial computers, bringing the company to its knees. But Fingal's real problem is getting back into his body before his memory patterns are erased. Written by Chris Holland <>

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Caught in a future world, his only escape is back in time. See more »

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Featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000, season 9, episode 22. See more »


Appollonia's hair when she is attempting to save Fingal from being sucked into the computer. See more »


Aram Fingal: Mom... am I nuts?
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Features Beautiful People (1974) See more »

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Pure, Asinine Genius.
15 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

I'm giving this movie a 10, not because it's a classic, but because for the B-movie genre, it's one of the best I've ever seen. The cheesy computer effects are hilarious. It's one of those films where you wonder "How much weirder is this going to get?" If you can get into the mind of a sentimental dreamer, this won't disappoint. How can you resist Julia dressed as Humphrey Bogart? Pure, asinine genius. If you go into this with a sense of humor. It's a lot of fun. Even with it's obvious continuity flaws it manages to entertain. If you like anteaters, be forewarned. There's a lot of anteater bashing. The plot is like a low-budget "Total Recall." Heat the popcorn and get ready to laugh.

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