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Total Recall by Arno Schwarzenegger

Total Recall (original 1990; edition 2012)

by Arno Schwarzenegger (Director)

Series: Total Recall

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Title:Total Recall
Authors:Arno Schwarzenegger
Info:Simon & Schuster Ome (2012), Paperback, 656 pages
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Total Recall [1990 film] by Paul Verhoeven (Director) (1990)


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An ordinary man turns into a super spy after something goes wrong with recreational memory alterations.

The Paul Verhoeven movie with a script good enough that even Paul Verhoeven couldn't wreck it - though he really tries. If it had been made by someone with any sense of taste or aesthetics, it might have been one of my favorite movies.

Concept: B
Story: A
Characters: C
Dialog: C
Pacing: C
Cinematography: D
Special effects/design: B
Acting: C
Music: C

Enjoyment: B

GPA: 2.4/4 ( )
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  WilliamHartPhD | Aug 3, 2010 |
This science fiction blockbuster from 1990 began its production life as a very different movie than the one that was released. An adaptation of the Philip K. Dick short story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale," Total Recall was originally conceived of with Richard Dreyfuss starring as a Walter Mitty-like character who experiences a variety of artificially induced fantasies. The movie we know is a mega-budget action epic set on Mars. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a normal working man who discovers that his entire reality has been invented to conceal a plot of planetary domination. Oscar-winning special effects and violent action propel the twisting plot, in which Arnold manipulates his manipulators in a world of dazzling high technology. Director Paul Verhoeven (Robocop) indulges his usual penchant for gratuitous bloodshed, but the movie has enough cleverness to rise above its excesses. --Jeff Shannon
  schotpot | May 16, 2007 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Verhoeven, PaulDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Goldman, GaryScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
O'Bannon, DanScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Shusett, RonaldScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Bell, MarshallActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brocksmith, RoyActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cox, RonnyActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ironside, MichaelActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Johnson, Mel, Jr.Actorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Schwarzenegger, ArnoldActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stone, SharonActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ticotin, RachelActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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(1) Total Recall, a film directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger

(2) Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story, an autobiography by Schwarzenegger

(3) Total Recall: A V. I. Warshawski Novel, a novel by Sara Paretsky
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A worker leaves Earth for the mind-bending nightmarish reality of a Martian mining colony ruled over by a dictator who can alter reality to suit his whims.

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