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Brainstorm (1983)
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Brainstorm (1983) Brilliant researchers Lillian Reynolds and Michael Brace have developed a system of recording and playing back actual experiences of people. Once the capability of tapping into "higher brain functions" is added in, and you can literally jump into someone else's head and play back recordings of what he or she was thinking, feeling, seeing, etc., at the time of the recording, the applications for the project quickly spiral out of control. While Michael Brace uses the system to become close again to Karen Brace, his estranged wife who also works on the project, others start abusing it for intense sexual experiences and other logical but morally questionable purposes. The government tries to kick Michael and Lillian off the project once the vast military potential of the technology is discovered. It soon becomes obvious that the government is interested in more than just missile guidance systems. The lab starts producing mind torture recordings and other psychosis inducing material. When one of the researchers dies and tapes the experience of death, Michael is convinced that he must playback this tape to honor the memory of the researcher and to become enlightened. When another researcher dies during playback the tape is locked away and Michael has to fight against his former colleagues and the government lackeys that now run his lab in order to play back and confront the "scariest thing any of us will ever face" - death itself.

Movie Tagline:
...The Ultimate Experience

Also Known As:
The Gordon Forbes Tapes

Title: Brainstorm
Release Date: September 30, 1983
Runtime: 106 mins
Genre: Sci-Fi
All Genres: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Languages: English
Country: USA
Colors: Color
Sound: 70 mm 6-Track, Dolby
IMDB Rating: 6.3
Buried.com Rating: 7.3 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With B

MPAA Rating: PG

Douglas Trumbull

Christopher Walken ...Michael Brace
Natalie Wood ...Karen Brace
Louise Fletcher ...Lillian Reynolds
Cliff Robertson ...Alex Terson
Jordan Christopher ...Gordy Forbes
Donald Hotton ...Landan Marks
Alan Fudge ...Robert Jenkins
Joe Dorsey ...Hal Abramson
Bill Morey ...James Zimbach
Jason Lively ...Chris Brace
Darrell Larson ...Security Technician
Lou Walker ...Chef
Stacey Kuhne Adams ...Andrea
John Hugh ...Animal Lab Technician
Ira David Wood III ...Barry (as David Wood)
Keith Colbert ...Dr. Ted Harris
Jerry Bennett ...Dr. Janet Bock
Mary Fran Lyman ...Realtor (as Mary-Fran Lyman)
Jack Harmon ...Security Guard
Nina Axelrod ...Simulator Technician
Kelly W. Brown ...Race Car Man
Desiree Ayres ...Bikini Girl #1
Debby Porter ...Bikini Girl #2
Alan G. Butler ...Man at Party #1
Robert Bloodworth ...Man at Party #4
Georgianne Walken ...Wendy Abramson
Jimmy Boyd ...Col. Howe (as Jim Boyd)
Charlie Briggs ...Col. Easterbrook
Ann Lincoln ...Alex's Secretary
Robert Terry young ...Minister on Bell Tower (as Rev. Robert Terry...

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Joel L. Freedman
Douglas Trumbull
Richard yuricich

Bruce Joel Rubin
Robert Stitzel
Philip Frank Messina

James Horner

More Movie Taglines:
  • ...The Ultimate Experience
  • The door to the mind is open!
Movie Quote(s):
  • Dr. Michael Anthony Brace: Why do you have to die to let go?
  • Dr. Michael Anthony Brace: When I found her, she looked so peaceful. Why do you have to die to let go? All my life, I never needed anybody... And now, because of this thing she left me, I'm scared. For the first time in my life, I'm scared. But the thing is, I like it. I want more. You're married to a man who has a chance to take a scientific look at the scariest thing people ever have to face. I've gotta do this... gotta play that tape, and you gotta help me.
  • [first lines] Dr. Lillian Reynolds: Can you see better if I move it a little closer? Dr. Michael Anthony Brace: I can see something. It's parts of the grid, but it's still rotating. It's not locking up. Hal Abramson: Maybe we all need a little break, Lillian. Dr. Lillian Reynolds: Hal, you take a break.
  • [last lines] Dr. Michael Anthony Brace: I love you.
  • Dr. Michael Anthony Brace: I made that for you. It's a gift. [hands her the tape and sets the large silver metal case on the bed] Karen Brace: What is it? Dr. Michael Anthony Brace: It's me.
Movie Trivia:
  • Natalie Wood died before filming was complete, thus the ending had to be constructed from scenes shot earlier. The film was dedicated to her memory.
  • When actress Natalie Wood died near the end of principal photography, studio executives tried to kill the film and claim the insurance, saying that director Douglas Trumbull could not complete the film. However, Trumbull's contract gave that decision to him, and he insisted on completing the film, using a stand-in and changing camera angles for the few remaining shots of Wood's character. The resulting hostility between Trumbull and the studio executives meant that this would be Trumbull's last Hollywood film. He has since devoted his efforts to effects work for IMAX films, theme park rides and the like.
  • The "tape machines" were loaned to Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983), which was being filmed on an adjacent set.
  • The shots of "Heaven" were done by poking a hole in a piece of sheet steel, putting a quartz bulb behind it, and a piece of very scratched plastic in front of it. The rivers of "angels" were made with high-speed, backlit footage of a dancer wearing a long costume which was twirled about on two poles.
  • The tape used in the tape machines is a variety of decorative tape made by 3M. 3M only sold it in four-inch widths, so it had to be slit by hand to two-inch widths to fit in the tape machines. When filmed, they were astounded at how gaudy it looked, so to dampen its brightness, the prop crew wound the tape back and forth across a sander to dull its brilliance. "One of those things that actually looked a lot better on film when we finished with it," Douglas Trumbull commented.
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