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Radio Free Albemuth (2010)

R | | Drama, Sci-Fi | 27 June 2014 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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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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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 June 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Свободное радио Альбемута See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,553, 29 June 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,553, 29 June 2014
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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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The first film to really capture the work of Philip K. Dick
3 May 2012 | by MilchmanSee all my reviews

While previous adaptations of the work of the late, great Philip K. Dick have often been enjoyable, none has really taken a great deal from the original source stories beyond the most perfunctory aspects of the plot.

Radio Free Albemuth, while not sticking slavishly to every letter of the original text, is the first adaptation to really capture the spirit and convey the substance of Dick's work. Although this film does not have the high tech sheen of the more celebrated films to be taken from Dick's writing, it is every bit as gripping and exciting as the best of them, but also retains the intelligence, and political thought that previously has tended to go missing in translating Dick from page to screen.

John Alan Simon has written an exemplary screenplay and matched it with strong direction. The acting performances are also fine throughout.

I saw this at the Sci-Fi London film festival and got the distinct impression that I was not alone in my enthusiasm for this movie.


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