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The Lifeforce Experiment (1994)

Eccentric scientist Dr. MacLean wants to determine if the afterlife exists by recording the moment the soul leaves a dying body. A terminally ill boy, a psychic girl and an undercover agent Jessica Saunders help him.


Piers Haggard


Daphne Du Maurier (based on short story "The Breakthrough" by), Mike Hodges | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Sutherland ... Dr. 'MAC' MacLean
Mimi Kuzyk ... Jessica Saunders
Vlasta Vrana ... Dr. Robbie Allman
Corin Nemec ... Ken Ryan
Hayley Reynolds Hayley Reynolds ... Niki Janus
Miguel Fernandes ... George Cornwall
Michael Rudder Michael Rudder ... Woody Gifford
Michael J. Reynolds ... Jack Aspect (as Michael Reynolds)
Bronwen Mantel Bronwen Mantel ... Gaylene Janus
Peter Colvey Peter Colvey ... Victor Janus
Richard Zeman ... Shepherd
Ann Page Ann Page ... Receptionist
Henderson Walcott Henderson Walcott ... U.S. Marine
Philip Pretten Philip Pretten ... Attache
Michael Caloz Michael Caloz ... Ken (9 years old)


After a failed mission CIA agent Jessica Saunders gets a new order to watch Dr. MacLean by working for him as a programmer. When she arrives at his laboratory she is amazed about his experiments: Dr. MacLean has developed a computer who is able to view the dreams of sleeping people. But that is only the beginning of his plans. Written by Matthias Scheler <tron@lyssa.owl.de>

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Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi




Canada | UK



Release Date:

16 April 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Breakthrough See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Bumped from February 1994 airdate. See more »


References Frankenstein (1931) See more »

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Worth watching - once.
4 December 2000 | by rhoughtonSee all my reviews

As I watched this movie, I couldn't help thinking that it was right out of the 50's., and I half expected Vincent price to poke his head around the corner at any moment. Movies that verge on "the mad professor" type stories, are rather limited in their appeal, but this one seemed to have more going for it than most, but, unfortunately, it was quite flat. Sutherland [who never seems to get the sort of roles he richly deserves,] and in fact all the cast, do their best, but it doesn't really help. The plot is too predictable, and ultimately just doesn't hold the interest.

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