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The Terminal Man (1974)

Scifi | 107 minutes
2,90 31 votes

Genre: Scifi / Thriller

Duration: 107 minuten

Country: United States

Directed by: Mike Hodges

Starst: George Segal, Joan Hackett and Richard Dysart

IMDb score: 5,6 (2.603)

Releasedate: 19 June 1974

The Terminal Man plot

"Harry Benson is a brilliant computer scientist. For three minutes a day, he is violently homicidal."

Computer specialist Harry Benson suffers attacks of extreme violence after a car accident. It is decided to install a miniature computer in his brain, which can correct his behavioral disorders. However, the procedure is not entirely successful...

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Dr. Arthur McPherson

Dr. Robert Morris

Dr. Ezra Manon

Angela Black

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Zinema (crew films)

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Strange and forgotten.

In addition to beautiful camera work and a sinister atmosphere, this rare SF thriller also sometimes has a bit of strange editing. Particularly during the uncanny operation of the main character, which alternates with a dialogue between an onlooking doctor and other employees. However, it does enhance the creepiness of this extended sequence. Strangely enough, it took a long time for this forgotten classic from the Warner stable to be released.


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Unfortunately, this Crichton film adaptation is not really very good. The first hour takes place in the hospital, including an operation that is far too long. Only when George Segal steps out does the fun begin, especially because we know that the aggression-inhibiting operation has achieved the opposite effect. This means that quality still increases considerably. And with the last scenes the film even manages to end in a very seventies style, it's a pity that there wasn't a slightly better film for it.

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Raiders of the limbic system

Some brain surgeons perform a revolutionary operation on Harry Benson, a man who exhibits violent behavior after a car accident. The implant of a computer should allow scientists to control its behavior. Dressed in suits reminiscent of astronauts, they explore unexplored territory, the human brain. It was predictable that the operation would ultimately have a very unpleasant ending.

It comes somewhat close to Cronenberg films, but also to Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange, because here too the doctrine is followed that evil in man can be combated medically by tinkering with the brain. Benson himself has become a victim of ignorance in this regard, and his shocking behavior at the end is no longer under his control.

Could have been fascinating, but I found the film to be boring, dull-acted and lacking in tension. In other hands this would certainly have become a cult film. The bare sets remind me strongly of my youth. No coziness or mood, everything was functional in those years. We live in a different world.

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