Mind of Mr. Soames

The Mind of Mr. Soames

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Director: Alan Cooke

Cast: Alan Cooke, Terence Stamp, Robert Vaughn, Nigel Davenport

     
 
The Mind of Mr. Soames can be described as a melodramatic Charly. John Soames (Terence Stamp) is a hospital patient who has been in a coma for 30 years. Doctor Bergen (Robert Vaughn) attempts to revitalize Soames by transplanting an infant's brain in the patient's head. When Soames awakens, he has the mental capacity of a baby, but Dr. Bergen is certain

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The Mind of Mr. Soames can be described as a melodramatic Charly. John Soames (Terence Stamp) is a hospital patient who has been in a coma for 30 years. Doctor Bergen (Robert Vaughn) attempts to revitalize Soames by transplanting an infant's brain in the patient's head. When Soames awakens, he has the mental capacity of a baby, but Dr. Bergen is certain that he can accelerate the maturation process, which he does in a matter of weeks. But the pressure on Soames' emotional stability is such that he tragically snaps during a live TV broadcast. Adapted from a novel by Charles Eric Maine, The Mind of Mr. Soames raises more questions than it can possibly answer, but works well on the level of solid science fiction.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although science fiction in the 1960s and '70s continued to explore such traditional topics as space travel, a number of films took conventions of science fiction and used them in more "naturalistic" settings. The Mind of Mr. Soames is one example, and while it is far from a great film, it is a generally absorbing and worthwhile effort. The biggest problem with Mr. Soames is a tendency toward melodrama at the expense of genuine exploration of the ideas it raises. The screenplay also teeters back and forth between trying to present a balanced debate and painting the figures involved in that debate in black-and-white terms. Nigel Davenport's overemphatic portrayal does not really help things, but Mr. Soames is helped immeasurably by its other two leads. As the "gentle" doctor, Robert Vaughan turns in a nicely shaded performance that avoids many of the syrupy pitfalls of the role. Most importantly, Terence Stamp is a totally engaging Soames; it's the kind of showcase role that actors crave, and Stamp grabs hold of it and plays it for all it's worth. Stamp's next film, five years later, was Hu-Man, a film that has more distinct sci-fi leanings.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/16/2010
UPC:
0043396359628
Original Release:
1970
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures Home
Sales rank:
54,310

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Terence Stamp John Soames
Robert Vaughn Dr. Michael Bergen
Nigel Davenport Dr. Maitland
Christian Roberts Thomas Fleming
Donal Donnelly Dr. Joe Allen
Norman Jones Davis
Dan Jackson Nicholls
Vickery Turner Naomi
Judy Parfitt Jenny Bannerman
Scott Forbes Richard Bannerman
Pamela Moseiwitsch Girl on Train
Billy Cornelius Sgt. Clifford
Jon Croft Guard
Esmond Webb Ticket Seller
Bill Pilkington Pub Owner
Kate Bimchy Barmaid
Joe Gladwin Old Man in Car
Tony Caunter Schoolteacher
Eric Brooks TV Floor Manager
Joe McPartland Insp. Moore

Technical Credits
Alan Cooke Director
John Aldred Sound/Sound Designer
Bill Blunden Editor
Jill Carpenter Makeup
Bill Constable Production Designer
Michael Dress Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
John Hale Screenwriter
Andrew Low Set Decoration/Design
Don Mingaye Art Director
Max Rosenberg Producer
Edward Simpson Screenwriter
Milton Subotsky Producer
Billy Williams Cinematographer
Jack Wright Asst. Director

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The Mind of Mr. Soames 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ChandlerSwain More than 1 year ago
"The Mind of Mr. Soames" is a worthy throwback to the forgotten days between the early 1960's and the mid 1970's when modestly produced SF films were produced, concerning themselves, appropriately enough) with the human condition rather than the mislabeled "SF" epics of the Lucas camp where science is nil and not so special effects rule the day. An interesting variation of Frankensteinian motifs (though the central theme is dissimilar, unless we concede that any scientific interference results in a Prometheus Unbound scenario), the science run amok here is not a pretense to playing God, but simply egotism run amok in a scientific setting. Indeed, Nigel Davenport's Dr. Maitland is suspect on what his motives are in the literal resurrection of the comatose John Sloane as he allows a perverse level (and prescient, as it turns out) of media camera coverage to intrude upon every intimate moment of Sloane's hurried development without regard to the consequences on his patient. The film also offers the expectation that the camera crew may be become more immediately involved in the story, but except for a rather hokey 11th hour situation, this never materializes. What is of immediate interest is the dynamic between Vaughn's Dr. Bergen and Sloane of which there needs to be more incident of development. The frustrating battle of wills as far as methodology between Bergen and Maitland reaches a boiling point when the developing but increasingly frustrated Soames breaks out of his literal captivity. During subsequent sequences in the film, it is important for that scientific dynamic to be revisited and further developed as events unfold, but there is an alarming cessation to the greater themes of the film, at this point, to digress into the more familiar horror atmosphere of the traditional Amicus product. Even the final sequence (clearly studio bound) is suddenly shot and scored as if it were a by-the-numbers offering from their rival studio Hammer in one of their generic Gothic blood fests. Robert Vaughn and Donel Donnelly acquaint themselves very sympathetically throughout the film, but it is Terence Stamp who alone makes this an occasion to see this film, imbuing Soames with a consistent childlike innocence where underneath the surface, hints of more sophisticated elements of human expression are struggling to bubble to the surface; an accomplished performance in a worthy film of regrettably unrealized dimensions.(A NOTE OF CORRECTION: Mr. Erickson's synopsis credits a surgery wherein an infant's brain is transplanted into Soames' head. This does not occur. The operation is an electrical stimulation which when induced will awaken the damaged portion of Soames' brain which causes him to be in a state of perpetual sleep since birth.)