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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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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>

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1 June 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The three-breasted hooker Mary was originally supposed to have four breasts, but the producers thought it looked too much like a cow's breasts. Actress Lycia Naff says she found the experience of playing Mary quite humiliating, as if she exposed her real breasts. If you look closely in the scene, she says her smile was only on the surface and she was near tears during the shoot. She found the whole thing so degrading that she refused to do any publicity for the movie, even turning down a shot on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. But the character became so popular that they brought her back (with a new actress) for Total Recall (2012). See more »

Goofs

After Hauser/Quaid arrives on Mars, the little psychic girl says, "I bet I can guess your birthday," to which she follows with, "You're a Taurus, right?" She guessed his zodiac sign, not his birthday. 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 The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007) See more »

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Mutant Dancing
Written and Performed by Bruno Louchouarn
Produced by Joe La Mont
Published by Lygon St. Music and Barney Sue Music
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Classic Verhoeven
21 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

One of the best mind trips ever, I could only wish this movies was made ten years later. Even for 1990, this film had some of the most imaginative make-up I've ever seen in a movie. While it had Paul Verhoeven's classic shallowness, the film really touched new ground not only with science fiction but also with special effects. Talk a good few years for a director, he not only changed sci-fi with Robocop, he did it again with Total Recall. Verhoeven will never, ever win an Oscar for best director, but his movies will at least be entertaining in most respects.


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