Total Recall

Total Recall

Paul Verhoeven (1990)

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Our Score
This rip-roaring slice of sci-fi excess remains Arnold Schwarzenegger's most satisfying film since his breakthrough hit, The Terminator. Director Paul Verhoeven, armed with a smart script from Ronald Shusett, Gary Goldman and Dan O'Bannon (itself loosely based on a short story by cult novelist Philip K Dick), cuts loose with a gloriously over-the-top mix of black humour, ultra-violence and spectacular effects. The result was a massive worldwide hit. Schwarzenegger plays the dull construction worker on a futuristic Earth, who is drawn into a conspiracy on the planet Mars when a virtual reality holiday awakens long-dormant memories. Ronny Cox, fresh from his bad-guy role in Verhoeven's RoboCop, delivers another villainous performance, and is ably assisted by Michael Ironside. However, the real find turned out to be Sharon Stone; she had been on the fringes of Hollywood for some time, but it was this performance that led to her star-making role in Verhoeven's next movie, Basic Instinct.


A construction worker pays to have fake memories of a dream holiday implanted into his brain, but discovers his mind has already been tampered with - apparently to erase his true identity as a secret agent from a colony on Mars. He journeys to the planet in search of the truth, but is drawn into a conflict between the tyrannical ruler and a rebel faction. Paul Verhoeven's sci-fi thriller, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin and Michael Ironside.

Cast & Crew

Douglas Quaid Arnold Schwarzenegger
Melina Rachel Ticotin
Lori Quaid Sharon Stone
Cohaagen Ronny Cox
Richter Michael Ironside
George / Kuato Marshall Bell
Benny Mel Johnson Jr
Helm Michael Champion
Dr Edgemar Roy Brocksmith
McClane Ray Baker
Dr Lull Rosemary Dunsmore
Ernie David Knell
Director Paul Verhoeven
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Studio CanalGuidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes, nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 6 Jul 2012