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Total Recall (1990)

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When a man goes for virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real - or does he?

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Douglas Quaid / Hauser
... Melina
... Lori
... Vilos Cohaagen
... Richter
... George / Kuato
... Benny
... Helm
... Dr. Edgemar
... Bob McClane
... Dr. Lull
... Ernie
Alexia Robinson ... Tiffany
... Tony
Mark Carlton ... Bartender
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Douglas Quaid is haunted by a recurring dream about a journey to Mars. He hopes to find out more about this dream and buys a holiday at Rekall Inc. where they sell implanted memories. But something goes wrong with the memory implantation and he remembers being a secret agent fighting against the evil Mars administrator Cohaagen. Now the story really begins and it's a rollercoaster ride until the massive end of the movie. Written by Harald Mayr <marvin@bike.augusta.de>

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What would you do if someone stole your mind? See more »


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1 June 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El vengador del futuro  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,533,700, 3 June 1990, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$119,394,840

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$141,905,000
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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the featurette Imagining 'Total Recall' (2001), production designer William Sandell tells about the brutal conditions experienced while shooting in Mexico. Aside from most of the cast and crew suffering from food poisoning, Sandell also talks about the poor air quality in Mexico City, comparing the breathing conditions to smoking two packs of cigarettes a day. He also mentions that at one point the air quality had gotten so bad that associate producer Elliot Schick had to be transported by a medical-evacuation helicopter to a nearby hospital. See more »

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The Martian Surface is mostly extremely cold (around -80 degrees Farenheit). So anybody unfortunate to venture outside without a space suit would basically freeze on contact. See more »

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[first lines]
[Doug awakens from a nightmare]
Lori: Doug? Honey, are you all right?
[nods]
Lori: You were dreaming. Doug? Was it about Mars?
[nods]
Lori: [kisses him] Is that better?
Douglas Quaid: Hmm.
Lori: My poor baby. This is getting to be an obsession.
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Crazy Credits

Play the Total Recall (1990) video game by Acclaim. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Popful Mail (1991) See more »

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Rubble City
Written and Performed by Bruno Louchouarn
Produced by Joe La Mont
Published by Lygon St. Music and Barney Sue Music
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Total Recall is one Arnold's best films and Paul Verhooven a cult Science Fiction action film
15 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

Total Recall (1990) Is loosely based on the Philip K. Dick story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale". and is definitely one of Arnold Schwarzenegger's best films from the early 90's. His acting performance is great and superb. Their is plenty of gore action and bloody violence in it.

There may be people who overlook the Arnold Schwarzenegger performance in "Total Recall" - who think he isn't really acting. But the performance is one of the reasons the movie works so well. He isn't a superman this time, although he fights like one. He's a confused and frightened innocent, a man betrayed by the structure of reality itself. And in his vulnerability, he opens the way for "Total Recall" to be more than simply an action, violence and special effects extravaganza.

There is a lot of action and violence in the movie, and almost every shot seems to embody some sort of special effect. This is one of the most complex and visually interesting science fiction movies in a long time. But the plot, based on a story by the great science fiction writer Phillip K. Dick, centers on an intriguing idea: What would happen if you could be supplied with memories? If your entire "past," right up until this moment, could be plugged into your brain, replacing the experiences you had really lived through? That's what seems to happen to Quaid, the Schwarzenegger character in "Total Recall," although at times neither he nor we can be quite sure. We meet him in a future world where he lives in a comfortable apartment with his loving blond wife, and goes off to work every day at a construction job. He life seems idyllic, but he keeps having these dreams about Mars - dreams that finally inspire him to sign up with a strange kind of travel agency that provides you with the memory of a vacation instead of a real one.

What they do is, they strap you into a machine and beam the memories into your mind, so that it seems utterly convincing to you that you've been to Mars and done some dangerous spying there, and fallen in love with the brunet of your specifications (Quaid specifies she be "athletic, sleazy and demure"). Before long, sure enough, Quaid seems to be on Mars, involved in some secret-spy stuff, and in the arms of his custom-ordered brunet (Rachel Ticotin).

Douglas Quaid is haunted by a recurring dream about a journey to Mars. He hopes to find out more about this dream and buys a holiday at Rekall Inc. where they sell implanted memories. But something goes wrong with the memory implantation and he remembers being a secret agent fighting against the evil Mars administrator Cohaagen. Now the story really begins and it's a roller-coaster ride until the massive end of the movie.

Douglas Quaid is another solid memorable character played from Arnold Schwarzenegger he played the character like he was written on his skin. Beside playing Terminator James Cameron masterpiece The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) he gave us another best performance of his acting! This film is awesome and is my childhood favorite action Science Fiction flick about Mars and been double agent! They shouldn't make a remake and ruin it. There is the only one Total Recall that is from Total Recall (1990) and is Paul Verhoeven astonish masterpiece.


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