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Brainstorm
     

Brainstorm

Director: William Conrad

Cast: Jeffrey Hunter, Anne Francis, Dana Andrews

 
Brainstorm is a somewhat contrived but still well done and frightening thriller written and well-directed by actor William Conrad. Jim Grayam (Jeffrey Hunter) is a young scientist who saves Lorrie Benson (Anne Francis) from committing suicide. They fall in love, but Lorrie's husband Cort Benson (Dana Andrews), who had driven her to the brink of suicide before,

Overview

Brainstorm is a somewhat contrived but still well done and frightening thriller written and well-directed by actor William Conrad. Jim Grayam (Jeffrey Hunter) is a young scientist who saves Lorrie Benson (Anne Francis) from committing suicide. They fall in love, but Lorrie's husband Cort Benson (Dana Andrews), who had driven her to the brink of suicide before, discovers that Jim has had a history of mental instability and fabricates obscene phone calls and other actions to create the impression that Jim is unstable. The pair decide to murder Cort, using insanity as a defense. The film has a series of interesting plot twists and a plausible ending, and the performances are generally excellent with Conrad's direction maintaining a good pace and an excellent visual style aided by a good, simple musical score by George Duning.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Brainstorm is by no means a great film, but it is a quite interesting one. On the plus side, it's a late-noir entry that plays around with the idea of the thin line between sanity and insanity in an intriguing manner. Actor William Conrad put on his director's hat for this low budget effort, and that's also a good thing: he has a very sure feel for the material, and his crisp, sturdy direction is surprisingly effective and decidedly atmospheric. He's aided by a quirky, somewhat jazzy score from George Duning; by a very capable cast, including a much-better-than-expected Jeffrey Hunter, a delectable Anne Francis and a solid Dana Andrews; and by some fine Sam Leavitt lensing. All these assets, however, can't quite overcome the screenplay, which has one of the most contrived premises and plotlines one can imagine. Even if one accepts the ridiculous "let's pretend I'm crazy so I can kill but beat the rap" premise, the rest of the plot and the dialogue will still let you down. Still, its good points make it worth catching, especially for crime/noir fans.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/23/2009
UPC:
0883316126073
Original Release:
1965
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Wide Screen]
Time:
1:45:00
Sales rank:
33,095

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Performance Credits
Jeffrey Hunter James Grayam
Anne Francis Lorrie Benson
Dana Andrews Cort Benson
Viveca Lindfors Dr.E. Larstadt
Stacy Harris Josh Reynolds
Kathie Browne Angie DeWitt
Phillip Pine Dr. Ames
Michael Pate Dr. Mills
Robert McQueeney Sgt. Dawes
Strother Martin Mr. Clyde
Joan Swift Clara
George Pelling Butler
Stephen Roberts Judge
Pat Cardi Bobby
Victoria Meyerink Julie

Technical Credits
William Conrad Director,Producer
Hoyle Barrett Set Decoration/Design
George Duning Score Composer
Sam Leavitt Cinematographer
Lawrence B. Marcus Original Story
M.A. Merrick Sound/Sound Designer
Mann Rubin Screenwriter
Robert Emmet Smith Art Director
William Thompson Sound/Sound Designer
William H. Ziegler Editor

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