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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?

Director:

Paul Verhoeven

Writers:

Philip K. Dick (short story "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale") (as Phillip K. Dick), Ronald Shusett (screen story) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Quaid
Rachel Ticotin ... Melina
Sharon Stone ... Lori
Ronny Cox ... Cohaagen
Michael Ironside ... Richter
Marshall Bell ... George / Kuato
Mel Johnson Jr. ... Benny
Michael Champion ... Helm
Roy Brocksmith ... Dr. Edgemar
Ray Baker ... McClane
Rosemary Dunsmore ... Dr. Lull
David Knell ... Ernie
Alexia Robinson ... Tiffany
Dean Norris ... Tony
Mark Carlton Mark Carlton ... Bartender
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Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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How would you know after memory implantation if your mind is yours? See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El vengador del futuro See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby SR (35 mm prints) (4 channels)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The concept of Quaid as a buff construction worker was suggested by Arnold Schwarzenegger himself. In the earlier drafts of the script, Quaid (originally named Quail) was described as an average-looking accountant type. Because of this detail, the original intended producer, Dino De Laurentiis, was adamant that Schwarzenegger not audition. It was only after Schwarzenegger convinced Mario Kassar to buy the script rights from De Laurentiis (whose production company went bankrupt) that later drafts changed Quaid's character into one more suitable for Schwarzenegger to play. Schwarzenegger said that he felt this helped the story, giving a much stronger contrast to it by making an otherwise powerful character vulnerable by having his mind stolen. See more »

Goofs

In the end when Quaid and Melina find the reactor and climb the stairs to reach the turbine, they start walking across the bridge. You can see the background is a painting and you can see the line where the real bridge ends and painting starts. Arnold can be even seen stopping for a brief second just as they reach it. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Alternate Versions

In the original film prints, there is a single company credit (Metrolight) for Skeleton Sequence (about a minute before the end of the credits, shortly before ILM); this is because the company was new and didn't know how to negotiate to get individual names listed. When the team was lauded for their CGI work, names were added in for the videotape release (but the credits returned to the original on DVD and Blu-ray). This is mentioned, with visuals of both versions, on the Models and Skeletons special effects documentary on the Blu-ray. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Angie Tribeca: Boyz II Dead (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

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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See you at the party, Richter!
6 November 2011 | by davydteatherSee all my reviews

Total Recall is a fast paced sci-fi action movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat all the way from beginning to end. For a movie released in the early 1990's, it has some very spectacular make-up effects, visual effects and special effects. This movie is sort of similar to Paul Verhoeven's other films. It is violent, bloody, it has some sexuality/nudity and some profanity. This movie has dark humour. Paul Verhoeven really knows how to use visual and special effects and dark humour whenever he is shooting a scene in his movies. This is one of Arnold Schwarzenegger's best films, along with Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Predator. Total Recall is also one Verhoeven's best movies to date. This movie is worth a watch.


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