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Total Recall

  • Drama
  • 1990
  • Paul Verhoeven
  • 108 mins
  • 18
    More info: UK: Suitable only for persons of 18 years and over

Summary

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.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Arnold Schwarzenegger stars here as the 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. Armed with a smart script based on a short story by Philip K Dick, director Paul Verhoeven cuts loose with a gloriously over-the-top mix of black humour, ultra-violence and spectacular special effects. 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 her performance here as Arnie's duplicitous spouse that led to her star-making role in Verhoeven's next movie, Basic Instinct.

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Details

Theatrical distributor
Studio Canal
Released on
2012-07-06
Language
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing, sex scenes, nudity.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

Credits

Cast

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Douglas QuaidArnold Schwarzenegger
MelinaRachel Ticotin
Lori QuaidSharon Stone
CohaagenRonny Cox
RichterMichael Ironside
George / KuatoMarshall Bell
BennyMel Johnson Jr
HelmMichael Champion
Dr EdgemarRoy Brocksmith
McClaneRay Baker
Dr LullRosemary Dunsmore
ErnieDavid Knell

Crew

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DirectorPaul Verhoeven
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