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Puzzlehead (2005)

Not Rated | | Drama, Sci-Fi | 21 April 2005 (USA)
Post apocalyptic Frankenstein-ish fantasy


James Bai


James Bai
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Galaida Stephen Galaida ... Puzzlehead / Walter
Robbie Shapiro ... Julia
Mark Janis Mark Janis ... Carjacker
Mark Lampert Mark Lampert ... Dead Man / Victim
Jon Bavier Jon Bavier ... Landlord
Paul Schulz Paul Schulz ... Dreggy Guy
Elise Abrams Elise Abrams ... Dreggy Girl
Ramon Moraldo Ramon Moraldo ... Homeless Man
Ray Montanez Ray Montanez ... Mugger
Chuck Ardezzone ... Robber
John El Manahi ... Thug #1 (as John Elmanahi)
Kevin McCormack Kevin McCormack ... Thug #2
Richard Craven Richard Craven ... Paramedic #1
Edward J. Harrigan Edward J. Harrigan ... Paramedic #2
Amy Lotven Amy Lotven ... Patient


Post apocalyptic Frankenstein-ish fantasy

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


So this is what it is to be human...


Drama | Sci-Fi


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[first lines]
Puzzlehead: The Anti-Federalists and the Luddites forced the closure of all biomechanical laboratories and began replacing them with fertility clinics. Funding ceased for everything not directly related to re-population. Quite ironic now that I think about it. Walter managed to salvage most of the equipment that wasn't nailed down. The most important of which was D-I-amdac, a brain scanner, which he used to scan his own brain to provide the blueprint for the neuro-net map of my artificially ...
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Way Better than A.I.
15 February 2006 | by pthompsoSee all my reviews

I had the good fortune to see this movie at the Santa Barbara Film Festival and listen to the director and the lead actress in it answer questions. He spent 6 years editing and putting this movie together and it shows despite the obvious budget limitations he faced.

Anyways, the film itself is basically about a man who creates a robot (named Puzzlehead) that looks exactly like him and whose "synaptic map" is a direct copy of his own. The two look the same except for a beard. The man has a crush on a local grocery store clerk and Puzzlehead the robot is the one who ends up finally meeting her. She thinks he's a human etc. and the drama begins. The plot goes from there and i don't want to spoil it but basically there's a lot of twists involving who is the real man and who is the robot and which is ultimately the better person.

The film handles robot artificial intelligence issues really well and shows the progression of how a robot would likely think and the striking differences and similarities between humans and robots. The film makes the audience truly question who is more human. All the technological mumbo jumbo is easy to understand so you don't get into a situation where you're confused (like that movie "Primer"). But the plot does stay a little ahead of the viewer.

The film obviously could have benefited from a bigger budget, but there are an enough circuits and gizmos and filming techniques that convince us that the protagonist created a robot.

There is subtle humor throughout and the plot is constantly engaging. I strongly recommend everyone see this film.

On a side note: the lead actresses's dialogue was all replaced by some other woman's voice to make it sound more eastern European. I was surprised she was at the screening, I would have been mad.

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Release Date:

21 April 2005 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)
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Zero Sum Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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