Brainstorm

Brainstorm

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Director: Douglas Trumbull

Cast: Christopher Walken, Natalie Wood, Louise Fletcher

     
 

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Natalie Wood made her last screen appearance in Brainstorm; in fact, she died before the film was completed, necessitating extensive rewrites. Wood's character is secondary to the one played by Christopher Walken. A research scientist, Walken has been experimenting with a revolutionary brain-reading device. This wondrous machine is able to read a person'sSee more details below

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Natalie Wood made her last screen appearance in Brainstorm; in fact, she died before the film was completed, necessitating extensive rewrites. Wood's character is secondary to the one played by Christopher Walken. A research scientist, Walken has been experimenting with a revolutionary brain-reading device. This wondrous machine is able to read a person's thought processes and translate these to videotape. When Walken wants to study the brainwaves of his late partner Louise Fletcher, he finds himself seriously at odds with his superiors-not to mention several ominous-looking government types, headed by Cliff Robertson.

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Anyone who has ever awoken from a vivid dream and walked around all day frustrated about having lost the details will appreciate the intriguing concept behind Douglas Trumbull's Brainstorm. Of course, with every major scientific breakthrough, there's a way to twist it to evil, and Brainstorm is at its spookiest when contemplating the psychotic loop that paralyzes the viewer when flooded with images that shouldn't be seen. For the most part, this visually dynamic film -- a nice complement to Trumbull's unequaled special effects resumé -- follows a familiar format, as the government infiltrates a well-meaning project, turning its developers into disenfranchised outsiders trying to quell the unfolding disaster. But this effects movie finds greater success with its human touches, which are fewer but well done, especially when it examines the collapsed marriage of Michael and Karen Brace. That relived snippets from their happier past can help mend their future is the triumphant realization of their work, and a darn romantic idea to boot. Those aware that Natalie Wood died during filming will search for noticeable gaps, but to the credit of the quintet of screenwriters, they achieve a smooth flow that makes for a dignified farewell.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/10/2012
UPC:
0883929228058
Original Release:
1983
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Time:
1:46:00
Sales rank:
19,509

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christopher Walken Michael Brace
Natalie Wood Karen Brace
Louise Fletcher Lillian Reynolds
Cliff Robertson Alex Terson
Jordan Christopher Gordy Forbes
Joe Dorsey Hal Abramson
Donald Hotton Landon Marks
Alan Fudge Robert Jenkins
Bill Morey James Zimbach
Jason Lively Chris Brace
Georgianne Walken Wendy Abramson
Robyn Lively Actor
Nina Axelrod Simulator Technician
Desiree Ayres Bikini Girl #1
Roger Black Bob Burns
Robert Bloodworth Man at Party #4
Charlie Briggs Colonel Easterbrook
Jim Burk Lab Technician
Keith Colbert Dr. Ted Harris
John Gladstein Dr. Pederson
Jack Harmon Security Guard
Herbert Hirschman Dr. Graf
Thomas Huff Stunt Guard #2
Darrell Larson Security Technician
Glen Lee Agent #4
Wallace Merck Agent #3
John Vidor Bellhop
Lou Walker Chief
David Wood Barry
Bill Couch Agent #1
John Hugh Animal Lab Technician

Technical Credits
Douglas Trumbull Director,Producer,Special Effects
Eric Allard Special Effects
Freeman Davies Editor
Linda de Scenna Set Decoration/Design
Donfeld Costumes/Costume Designer
Brian Frankish Asst. Director
Joel L. Freedman Executive Producer
Robert Getchell Screenwriter
Jack Grossberg Production Manager
James Horner Score Composer
Toni Howard Casting
Patrick Kennedy Editor
Lawrence B. Marcus Screenwriter
Eugene Mazzola Asst. Director
David McGiffert Asst. Director
Philip Frank Messina Screenwriter
Durk Pearson Special Effects
Tom Pedigo Set Decoration/Design
Art Rochester Musical Direction/Supervision,Sound/Sound Designer
Bruce Joel Rubin Original Story,Screenwriter
Sandy Shaw Special Effects
David Snyder Art Director
Lynn Stalmaster Casting
Robert Stitzel Screenwriter
Marjorie Stone Set Decoration/Design
John Vallone Production Designer
Edward Warschilka Editor
John G. Wilson Production Manager
Richard Yuricich Associate Producer,Cinematographer

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