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David Cronenberg (1982)

18 Certificate


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With its subject matter of screen violence, this remains one of David Cronenberg's most personal, complex and disturbing films, even if it doesn't always make a lot of sense. James Woods plays the amoral cable programmer who gets drawn to a sickening sadomasochistic channel called "Videodrome", which turns out to have a much more sinister purpose. Cronenberg uses this framework to explore his favourite themes - technology fusing with the human body, voyeurism, the links between sex and violence - and, although the plot begins to unravel, the startling imagery and Woods's fierce performance make for a deeply unsettling experience. The supporting cast includes Blondie singer Debbie Harry as Woods's girlfriend.


A sleazy TV producer investigates a violent pirate broadcast that may be a real snuff movie. In the process, he uncovers a sinister plot to turn the public into brainless drones through their televisions. David Cronenberg's surreal horror, starring James Woods, Sonja Smits, Deborah Harry and Peter Dvorsky.

Cast & Crew

Max Renn James Woods
Bianca O'Blivion Sonja Smits
Nicki Brand Deborah Harry
Harlan Peter Dvorsky
Barry Convex Les Carlson
Brian O'Blivion Jack Creley
Masha Lynne Gorman
Bridey Julie Khaner
Moses Reiner Schwarz
Raphael David Bolt
Rena King Lally Cadeau
Director David Cronenberg
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: ICA Projects Guidance: Contains violence, swearing and nudity, and graphic and disturbing images. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay Released on: 17 Nov 2000


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