Berkeley record store clerk Nick Brady (Jonathan Scarfe) begins to experience strange visions from an entity he calls VALIS that cause him to uproot his family and move to Los Angeles where... See full summary »

Director:

John Alan Simon

Writers:

John Alan Simon (screenplay), Philip K. Dick (novel)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shea Whigham ... Phil
Jonathan Scarfe ... Nick Brady
Michael Rothhaar ... Herb Bennon
Katheryn Winnick ... Rachel Brady
Scott Wilson ... President Fremont
Julie Warner ... Newscaster #1
Bruce Hensel ... Newscaster #2
Rosemary Harris ... VALIS (voice)
John Prosky ... Dr. Goldfarb
Kelly Hare ... Fremont House Tour Guide
Jon Tenney ... FBI Agent #1
Rich Sommer ... FBI Agent #2
Joel McKinnon Miller ... Berkeley Detective
Peter Holden ... Berkeley Cop
Alanis Morissette ... Sylvia Aramchek
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Berkeley record store clerk Nick Brady (Jonathan Scarfe) begins to experience strange visions from an entity he calls VALIS that cause him to uproot his family and move to Los Angeles where he becomes a successful music company executive. With the help of best friend, science fiction writer Philip K. Dick himself (Shea Whigam) and a mysterious woman named Silvia (Alanis Morissette), Nick finds himself drawn into a dangerous political-mystical conspiracy of cosmic proportions. The story is set in an alternate reality America circa 1985 under the authoritarian control of President Fremont, a Nixon-like clone (Scott Wilson). Written by Radio Free LLC

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Drama | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language, drug use and brief violence

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Trivia

Filming took place during some of the worst fires in Los Angeles County history affecting the films locations and schedule including having to completely find replacement locations. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, PKD tells his buddy that he just finished his new novel and it will be published in hardcover (a nice change, since his early SF were all published by cheap paperback houses), then in reply to the question of it's subject he says, it's a what if the Germans won WWll premise. He's obviously referencing PKD's arguably most successful novel (it won the Hugo) published in 1963. The film is set in 1985, but since Dick was dead for three years already in this universe, maybe it was an intentional distortion. See more »

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[first lines]
Phil: [narrating] My friend Nicolas Brady, who in his own way tried to saved the world, lived in Berkley practically his whole life. Back around 1985, Berkley seemed like an oasis in a country that had become polarized and divided. But fate, or God, or whatever, had something else in store for my friend Nick. And, as it turned out, for me too.
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Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Philip K. Dick Adaptations (2016) See more »

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Ordinary Millionaire
Performed by Johnny Marr and Robyn Hitchcock
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Loved this movie at the Sedona Film Fest
26 February 2010 | by slisakSee all my reviews

Wow! I just saw this movie (Radio Free Albemuth) at the Sedona Film Fest and it blew my socks off! I've been going to the Sedona Film Fest for years, and this movie by far was the best independent film I've seen there. This movie is based on a book by Philip K. Dick, who was a sci-fi writer famous for Blade Runner, A Scanner Darkly, and other great novels. In this story, he actually writes himself as one of the lead characters in it. It is intellectual, spiritual, political, and reflects many present day situations and controversies. I have not read the book, so am not sure how closely it relates to the movie, but I'm definitely going to read the book now. Hope this movie will be available on DVD so I can purchase for myself and friends. Great Job!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 June 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Radio Free Albemuth See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,553, 29 June 2014

Gross USA:

$9,365

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,365
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