The Mind Snatchers

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Based on the long-running Broadway play by Dennis Reardon, The Happiness Cage, a multinational filmmaking effort, is a drama about medical experimentation in the U.S. military. The experiment is a brain operation which removes pain, replacing it either with bliss or sensual satisfaction. It is at first attempted on terminal cancer patients, but finally the doctors receive permission to test the procedure on a healthy but thoroughly obnoxious subject Christopher Walken.
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Based on the long-running Broadway play by Dennis Reardon, The Happiness Cage, a multinational filmmaking effort, is a drama about medical experimentation in the U.S. military. The experiment is a brain operation which removes pain, replacing it either with bliss or sensual satisfaction. It is at first attempted on terminal cancer patients, but finally the doctors receive permission to test the procedure on a healthy but thoroughly obnoxious subject Christopher Walken.
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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Notable primarily for Christopher Walken's first starring film role, The Mind Snatchers (also known as The Happiness Cage, the name of the play upon which it is based) is a strange little film that, if ultimately unsuccessful, has some worthy pieces. The premise, though not original, is an intriguing one -- generally the debate over whether anyone has the right to "alter" another person's mind and specifically the suspicion that military forces engage in experiments in this area -- and that premise alone will be enough for many viewers. Others, however, are likely to be turned off by the very "stagey" feeling of the piece, the artificiality of much of the dialogue, the manipulative extremism of much of its arguments and a lack of reality where the character of the main scientist is concerned. Bernard Girard's direction is also problematic; it's fine, but the film cries out for a more creative approach. Fortunately, the very young Walken is on hand, carrying the film with an assurance that belies his limited cinematic experience. The actor has all the raw strength, nerve and defiance, as well as most crucially the huge reservoir of volcanic anger that the role calls for. Ronny Cox also does quite well as the "other" patient, and Bette Henritze impresses in a relatively minor role.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2005
  • UPC: 625282902790
  • Original Release: 1972
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  • Source: Legacy Entertainment
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marco St. John Orderly
Christopher Walken Pvt. James Reese
Joss Ackland Dr. Frederick
Ralph Meeker
Ronny Cox Miles
Tom Aldredge Medic
Bette Henritze Anna Kraus
Susan Travers Nurse Schroeder
Birthe Neumann Lisa
Claus Nissen Psychiatrist
Marco St. John
John Zellers
Katherine Argo
Marsden Wagner
Morten Dryer
Diana Vangsaard
Melvyn Ellis
Soren Steen
Jorgen Falster
Leslie Ogle
Torben Hundal
Roland Jourdan
Norman Mackie
Technical Credits
Bernard Girard Director
Chris Dedrick Score Composer
George Goodman Producer
Sidney Katz Editor
Richard Lewis Producer
William Molyneux Art Director
Joseph Papp Producer
Phil Ramone Score Composer
Ross-Gaffney Special Effects
Ron Whyte Screenwriter
Manny Wynn Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [6:50]
2. Chapter 2 [8:40]
3. Chapter 3 [5:00]
4. Chapter 4 [7:06]
5. Chapter 5 [7:02]
6. Chapter 6 [6:18]
7. Chapter 7 [8:57]
8. Chapter 8 [5:20]
9. Chapter 9 [9:52]
10. Chapter 10 [8:07]
11. Chapter 11 [8:36]
12. Chapter 12 [10:40]
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