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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.

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Piers Haggard

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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)
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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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Release Date:

16 April 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Breakthrough See more »

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Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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1.33 : 1
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A Very Confused Story That Goes Nowhere
11 January 2004 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Jessica Saunders (Mimi Kuzyk) is a bureaucratic CIA agent in charge of an unsuccessful operation, where her agent dies and gets no information. She is assigned for a field operation due to her computer skills: she should investigate Dr. Maclean's (Donald Sutherland) experiment. She flies to the distant place where Dr. Maclean is working and there, she meets the twenty-one years old Ken Ryan (Corin Nemec), the girl Niki and Dr. Maclean's team, and she gets very close to Ken. She finds out that Dr. Maclean is making experiences with lifeforce, trying to store this energy. Further, Ken has leukemia, is going to die very soon and has given his death for the success of the experiment; and Niki has autism and is the link to reach the `world of the dead'. This theme having a better director, an improved screenplay and a more adequate cast could be a good movie, like those sci-fi from the 1950's or 1960's. However, the character of Jessica is very confused and makes the story very boring, and many situations are not well resolved. I really did not like this movie. My vote is four.

Title (Brazil): `Morte Programada – Desafiando a Última Fronteira' (`Programmed Death – Challenging the Last Frontier')


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