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.

Director:

Douglas Williams

Writers:

John Varley (short story), Corinne Jacker (teleplay)
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Cast

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

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They want to control his mind but can't even find his body. See more »


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Official Sites:

Abandomoviez.net (Spanish)

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Archivio segreto See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

All of the animal footage during the sequence where Fingal is doppled into a baboon is taken from the film Beautiful People (1974). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Fingal: [shouts] I?m interfacing!
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Connections

References Der blaue Engel (1930) See more »

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Don't bumble or fumble the Fingal Dopple!!!
11 August 2003 | by eskovan1See all my reviews

Like everyone else I saw this 'movie' on MST3K. Oh the humanity...

What I'll add is that if you've ever been involved in any kind of low-budget filmmaking this thing is great fun to watch. It's shot on videotape so it looks like some community college media class' final exam. Like so many others they use a modern mall as a bland future-scape. They obviously spent a huge amount trying to look 'high-tech' and it all just comes off looking silly (even, I think, back in '85). And add in the inexplicable presence of A-list actor Raul Julia (who had already appeared in John Cassavettes "The Tempest" and Francis Coppola's "One from the Heart" in 1982) and you've got a 'wriggle-uncomfortably-and-embarrassingly-in-your-chair' masterpiece!

Try and not shudder as:

o Raul Julia does a bad Bogart impression!

o Raul Julia does a voiceover while pretending he's a drunk monkey!

o They repeat the phrase 'fingal-dopple' over & over!

Think Matrix meets Brainstorm meets Casablanca meets Rollerball meets Dr. Who!!!


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