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Colossus: The Forbin Project

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The granddaddy of all "computer run amok" films, Colossus: The Forbin Project concerns a huge electronic brain designed to control the American missile defense system. Colossus' technicians do not count on the computer developing an intelligence of its own. Communicating with its Russian counterpart, Colossus decides to take over the earth, threatening global destruction should anyone try to pull its plug. The film's climax is unsettling, but no more so than the actual state of world affairs in 1970. Colossus: ...
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Overview

The granddaddy of all "computer run amok" films, Colossus: The Forbin Project concerns a huge electronic brain designed to control the American missile defense system. Colossus' technicians do not count on the computer developing an intelligence of its own. Communicating with its Russian counterpart, Colossus decides to take over the earth, threatening global destruction should anyone try to pull its plug. The film's climax is unsettling, but no more so than the actual state of world affairs in 1970. Colossus: The Forbin Project was filmed in Canada.
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This thoughtful film isn't as well known as 2001: A Space Odyssey or Silent Running but has attracted a deserved cult following amongst sci-fi fans. Like many early-'70s science fiction films, Colossus: The Forbin Project allows its ideas about the impact of technology on humankind to take center stage. Joseph Sargent's crisp direction gives the film the technological sleekness it requires but downplays flashy visual effects in favor of a strict focus on story. This low-key approach is demanding on the viewer but ultimately reaps plentiful rewards for those patient enough to stick with it. When Colossus starts playing hardball with its human creators, the effect is devastating. Colossus: The Forbin Project also benefits from subtle but affecting work by its cast. Eric Braeden's cool, detached interpretation of Forbin is difficult to warm up to initially, but his carefully modulated performance is ultimately haunting as he moves from a cool intellectual to a tormented and angry pawn of his own creation. Susan Clark also adds an important bit of human warmth to the story as the colleague who finds herself falling for Forbin at the most inopportune time. All in all, Colossus: The Forbin Project is a sobering, well-told cautionary tale that is well worth a look to fans of serious science fiction.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/23/2004
  • UPC: 025192620423
  • Original Release: 1970
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 15,682

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eric Braeden Forbin
Susan Clark Cleo
Gordon Pinsent President
William Schallert Grauber
Leonid Rostoff First Chairman
Georg Stanford Brown Fisher
Tom Basham Harrison
Willard Sage Blake
Martin Brooks Johnson
Marion Ross Angela
Dolph Sweet Missile Commander
Byron Morrow Secretary of State
Lew Brown Peterson
Sid McCoy Secretary of Defense
Robert Cornthwaite First Scientist
James Hong Second Scientist
Sergei Tschernisch Russian Translator
Alex Rodine Dr. Kurpin
Technical Credits
Joseph Sargent Director
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
Folmar Blangsted Editor
James Bridges Screenwriter
Stanley Chase Producer
Robin S. Clark Asst. Director
Michel Colombier Score Composer
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Ruby Levitt Set Decoration/Design
John Robert Lloyd Production Designer
John J. Lloyd Art Director
John McCarthy Set Decoration/Design
Whitney McMahon Special Effects
Gene Polito Cinematographer
Waldon O. Watson Sound/Sound Designer
Bud Westmore Makeup
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Chilling

    Colossus is the new defense supercomputer that is trying to take over the world, and Dr. Forbin is the man who created it, and now must stop it. The excitement in watching Forbin and Colossus go through move and counter-move is what carries this film, and the two are worthy adversaries to each other. It’s thin on action for a science-fiction film the action is more cerebral in nature as Forbin and Colossus grapple for control. Even while attempting to become the dictator of Earth, Colossus sometimes displays a sense of humor that is almost human, and a ruthlessness that is all too human. In the end, Colossus isn’t your traditional bad guy. It was programmed to serve humanity, and it seeks to do that by saving humanity from itself. It sees the lives lost in the process as a necessary evil. The ending is not your traditional Hollywood ending either I strongly suspect they were planning a sequel (The book this was based on was the first of a trilogy). The DVD is unfortunately very thin. No extras, no languages, not even an opening menu, which means that the movie itself will have to be enough. Fortunately, it is. The sets may seem a little dated, but the story is every bit as exciting as it was then, and given the developments in computer technology and artificial intelligence, even more relevant.

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