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Total Recall [1990] (1 disc)
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Director:Paul Verhoeven
Writer:Dan O'Bannon
Gary Goldman
Ronald Shusett
Composer:Jerry Goldsmith
Length:129 minutes
(2 hours 9 minutes)
MPAA Rating:R
Sorting Category:SciFi
IMDB Rating:7.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:79%
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Synopsis: Douglas Quaid dreams of Mars. Unfortunately, it appears his dreams have come true.


Reaction: Quite violent and shot with a bit too much red, but there are some okay action sequences.


Personal Rating: 6/10

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Paul Verhoeven => Director
Dan O'Bannon => Writer
Gary Goldman => Writer
Ronald Shusett => Writer
Jerry Goldsmith => Composer
Philip K. Dick => Short story 'We Can Remember It For You Wholesale'
Arnold Schwarzenegger => Douglas Quaid / Hauser
David Knell => Ernie
Dean Norris => Tony
Debbie Lee Carrington => Thumbelina
Lycia Naff => Mary
Marc Alaimo => Everett
Marshall Bell => Kuato / George
Mel Johnson Jr. => Benny
Michael Champion => Helm
Michael Ironside => Richter
Mickey Jones => Burly Miner
Monica Steuer => Mutant Mother
Priscilla Allen => Fat Lady
Rachel Ticotin => Melina
Ray Baker => Bob McClane
Robert Costanzo => Harry (as Bobby Costanzo)
Robert Picardo => Voice of Johnnycab
Ronny Cox => Vilos Cohaagen
Rosemary Dunsmore => Dr. Lull
Roy Brocksmith => Dr. Edgemar
Sasha Rionda => Mutant Child
Sharon Stone => Lori

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • As many as seven directors were considered for and even hired to direct the movie, including [?] Richard Rush, [?] Bruce Beresford and [?] David Cronenberg. Cronenberg had even written a few drafts of the script before Paul Verhoeven took over the project.
  • Kurtwood Smith was offered the role of Richter, but he turned it down because he felt the role was too similar to his character in RoboCop.
  • Jeff Bridges, Matthew Broderick and Richard Dreyfuss were each considered for the role of Quaid. Christopher Reeve was offered the role but turned it down. Patrick Swayze was signed to play Quaid when the movie began preproduction in Australia with [?] Bruce Beresford as the director. However, early in preproduction, [?] Dino De Laurentiis' company went bankrupt. After Arnold Schwarzenegger heard about this, he persuaded Carolco to buy the script for him.
  • The concept of Quaid being a physically-buffed construction worker was suggested by Arnold Schwarzenegger himself. In the earlier drafts of the script, Quaid (originally named Quail) was originally described as an average-looking accountant-type person. Because of this detail, when the movie was originally going to be produced by [?] Dino De Laurentiis, he was adamant about not letting Schwarzenegger audition for the role of Quaid. It was only after Schwarzenegger convinced [?] Mario Kassar to buy the script rights from De Laurentiis (whose production company went bankrupt) that the later drafts were re-written to change Quaid's character into one more suitable for Schwarzenegger to play. Schwarzenegger said that he felt this helped the story even more, giving a much stronger contrast to it by turning a character who is otherwise powerful physically into a character that becomes vulnerable after having his mind stolen.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger was so impressed by how much dedication Sharon Stone had in training for her character role, that he even referred to her as the "Female Terminator". Stone was even inducted into the Stunt Woman Association as an honorary member.
  • Doug Quaid signs into the hotel as "Brubaker", the name of the captain from Capricorn One, a movie about a faked trip to Mars.
  • During filming, Sharon Stone complained to director Paul Verhoeven that she wasn't sure whether her character really was married to Doug.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger was originally going to play the title role in RoboCop but problems with the costume caused producers to drop the idea. After Schwarzenegger saw RoboCop, he expressed that he loved the movie and wanted to work with director Paul Verhoeven. When he and Verhoeven heard about Total Recall, they decided to work on that.
  • As director Paul Verhoeven is careful to explain on the DVD commentary, when Dr. Edgemar (Roy Brocksmith) visits Quaid, he outlines the entire third act of the movie. He says that if Quaid kills him: "the walls of reality will come crashing down" (moments after Quaid shoots Edgemar, the walls of the apartment literally crash down); he says that Quaid will believe himself the savior of the resistance only to discover that he is in fact Cohaagen's "bosom buddy" (which is exactly what happens); and he says that he will have visions of an "alien civilization" (which Quaid experiences during the mind meld with Kuato). Verhoeven points out that if a viewer believes the whole film is a dream, then Edgemar's prediction that Quaid will end up being lobotomized is fulfilled in the fade to white which ends the movie.
  • When Quaid is being shown the monitor in the implant room, some of the drawings scrolling by are concept drawings of the reactor on Mars.
  • This and the 2012 film were based off of the Philip K. Dick short story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale, published in 1966.