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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 »


John Alan Simon


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





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


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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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 »


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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An honest and unattached review.
10 March 2015 | by The_Monocled_MutineerSee all my reviews

Honestly? - Are the reviews here real, or are they members/friends of he film crew?

I don't wish to sound indelicate here, but this is a truly awful film. It is a film made of a great story, but it falls short on so many levels. The acting is sub-par, the dialogue is tenuous, the action is moderately interesting and the visuals are woeful.

I had been waiting for this film for a long time and like many other Dickian's, I relished the thought of a new addition to the world of PKD. However, this is by far, one of the worst adaptations that I have seen, yet.

I am genuinely astonished that it has garnered 5.9, moreover though, are some of these reviews fake? I cannot for the life of me see anything of merit in these reviews, other than obvious bias.

There is so much wrong with this film, I feel cruel listing them all. From writing to filming, from filming to post, from post to release - It is obvious that this film has had troubles from the start.

I would implore Simon50 to keep hold of the rights to the novels that he has bought - And I would ask him to leave it to the professionals.

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Release Date:

27 June 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Radio Free Albemuth See more »


Box Office


$3,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,553, 29 June 2014

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