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Brainstorm (1965)

Scientist Jim Grayam saves his boss' wife from suicide but falls in-love with her and plots to kill her husband by pretending to be criminally insane.

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Jim Grayam (as Jeff Hunter)
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Lorrie Benson
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Cort Benson
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Dr. Elizabeth Larstadt
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Josh Reynolds
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Angie DeWitt (as Kathie Brown)
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Dr. Ames
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Dr. Mills
Robert McQueeney ...
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Mr. Clyde
Joan Swift ...
Clara
George Pelling ...
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Julie Benson (as Victoria Meyerink)
Stephen Roberts ...
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Bobby
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A young scientist saves an attractive married woman from a suicide attempt, becomes romantically involved with her, plots to kill her husband, and then fakes insanity to escape the murder charge. Written by Anonymous

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5 May 1965 (USA)  »

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Definitely Interesting For Neo Noir Fans
8 July 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lots of small pleasures in this strangely compelling William Conrad-directed mid-60s noir sleeper. Among other things, the unusual cast is very game. Sci-Fi veterans Jeffrey Hunter (the first Captain of the Enterprise) and Anne Francis (the cause of Walter Pidgeon's "Monsters of the Id" from FORBIDDEN PLANET) team up in this effort to hoodwink the system by having Hunter feign insanity. Hunter, whose tragic life seems to mirror his desperate character here, is impressive in a demanding role requiring more emoting than he generally showed in his more typically laconic choices. Hammer veteran Viveca Lindfors is particularly effective in the analyst role, appearing to be sympathetic and caring but really only doing her own cold-blooded job. Cast is rounded out by noir vet Dana Andrews. It's a shame Conrad didn't really pursue directing much after this effort; the clever little script takes a different approach to psychotherapy and insanity which is well-suited to the low budget Conrad had to work with. The music, cinematography and fashions are all pure mid-60s, a compliment to a bygone era full of excesses but also occasionally blessed with productive experimentation. I would count this movie as one of the productive attempts, particularly worthy of your time if you're a noir or Star Trek Classic fan. Not a masterpiece, but certainly worthy of the cult status it has attained over the years. 8/10


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