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Terminal Man
     

The Terminal Man

Director: Michael Crichton

Cast: Michael Crichton

 
Based on a novel by Michael Crichton, Terminal Man is a sci-fi thriller about a scientist who decides to be the lab rat in an experimental surgery to control his violent tendencies. During the surgical procedure, a miniature computer is implanted in his head. Unfortunately, the mechanism malfunctions, and he becomes a vicious killer.

Overview

Based on a novel by Michael Crichton, Terminal Man is a sci-fi thriller about a scientist who decides to be the lab rat in an experimental surgery to control his violent tendencies. During the surgical procedure, a miniature computer is implanted in his head. Unfortunately, the mechanism malfunctions, and he becomes a vicious killer.

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All Movie Guide
This Michael Crichton adaptation is a chilly yet intriguing affair. Mike Hodges adapts Crichton's narrative in a style that keeps the audience at arm's length: the characters are either remote or off-putting while the plotting downplays emotion and instead favors a clinical exploration of its ideas about how technology and medicine often overlook the human cost of their advances. The clinical tone is further extended via Hodges' directorial approach: sets and costumes are colored in only black and white and a traditional musical score is avoided in a favor of a single Glenn Gould piano recording. Thus, The Terminal Man isn't an easily accessible piece of work and a good cross-section of viewers are likely to find it an alienating experience. That said, The Terminal Man has rewards to offer to the adventurous viewer. Richard Kline's photography lends the film an eye-catching style and Hodges uses it to impressive effect during the film's big moments, particularly the atmospheric, graveyard-set finale. The Terminal Man also boasts fine performances: Joan Hackett is convincing as a chilly doctor whose emotions thaw as she sees the effects of the operation on her patient, Donald Moffat offers a believable portrait of bureaucratic indifference as the executive who approves the operation and George Segal turns in his most underrated work as the title character, a decent man who has become weary from the evil caused by his neurological problems. To sum up, The Terminal Man is not for all viewers but those can appreciate its cerebral approach to science fiction will find it rewarding.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/04/2009
UPC:
0883316195376
Original Release:
1974
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:47:00
Sales rank:
38,649

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jim Antonio Richards
Victor Argo Orderly
Gene Borkan Police Guard
Norman Burton Detective
Burke Byrnes Police Guard
Dee Carroll Night Nurse
Matt Clark Gerhard
Jill Clayburgh Angela
Jack Colvin Coroner
Lee de Broux Reporter
Richard Dysart Dr. John Ellis
Michael Gwynn Dr. Robert Morris
Joan Hackett Dr. Janet Ross
William Hansen Jim Antonio
Robert Ito Anesthetist
Steve Kanaly Edmonds
Donald Moffat Dr. Arthur McPherson
Jordan Rhodes Questioner
Fred Sadoff Police Doctor
George Segal Harry Benson
James B. Sikking Ralph Friedman
Jason Wingreen Instructor
Ian Wolfe Priest

Technical Credits
Michael Hodges Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Michael Dryhurst Producer
Fred Harpman Art Director
Nessa Hyams Casting
Richard H. Kline Cinematographer
Marvin March Set Decoration/Design
Dick Moder Asst. Director
Vittorio Nino Novarese Costumes/Costume Designer
William Randall Sound/Sound Designer
Fred Williams Makeup
Robert Wolfe Editor
Michael Crichton Source Author

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