The Terminal Man

  • Film
  • Science fiction
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A thoughtful and unusually pessimistic sci-fi pic based on Michael Crichton's novel about a psychotic (Segal) who has a tiny computer planted in his brain to control his violent impulses. Unfortunately, the plan backfires: Segal enjoys the sensation of being calmed down so much that he goes on a murder spree in order to enjoy further mental restraint. Opening with a brilliant sequence in which Segal is reborn on the operating table, and building towards a finale in which the scientists realise that they can do nothing to control this hi-tech monster of their own making, the film's bleak futuristic vision also benefits greatly from some extraordinary sets, and from writer/producer/director Hodges' confident direction.

Release details

Duration: 107 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Mike Hodges
Screenwriter: Mike Hodges
Cast: Matt Clark
George Segal
Jill Clayburgh
Joan Hackett
Donald Moffat
Richard A Dysart
James B Sikking
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