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Brainstorm (1983)

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Douglass Trumbull

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About the Movie

Research scientists Louise Fletcher ("One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest") and Christopher Walken ("The Deer Hunter") invent a machine that can record sensory experiences only to have devastating results when Fletcher records her own death. Starring Oscar-winners Fletcher, Walken, Natalie Wood ("Splendor in the Grass," "West Side Story") and Cliff Robertson (TV's "Falcon Crest," "Charly") with dazzling visuals from special effects guru/director Douglas Trumbull ("2001: A Space Odyssey," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind").

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 16
  • Fresh: 10
  • Rotten: 6
  • Average Rating: 5.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Beguiling premise and memorable execution – Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Excellent thought provoking dramatic thriller about technology and human potential

Christopher Walken and Natalie Wood are at their best here. For anyone working in technology/development, you'll agree that this is a very realistic portrayal of the way such a fantastic technology would emerge. Recommended viewing!

Interesting if flawed work

This is a critical work (with many flaws) in terms of science fiction and its development in movie form, so if you have any interest in science fiction films / cult science fiction, their evolution, and some key ideas of science fiction then you basically have to watch this for education and general information. Separately, as long as you take it "easy" and aren't too critical, it is enjoyable.

A very interesting science fiction work with some very cool ideas that in many ways were ahead of its time. The central premise, that one could "enter" another person's point of view and see and feel things inside their head (as a recording) is very cool, intriguing, and brings up possibilities and questions about communication with words and its limits and whether "ultimate" understanding is possible (or good) between people. The first half which focuses on the scientists, their discovery, their convincing their boss of its greatness, the ethical issues around it, its immediate use for porn (they got that part of human nature right!), the problems with the military intruding and wanting to take over, tax payer money for private projects, etc. is all good. In the second half, the story is more about the marital problems and how they get fixed, the brat son who plugs into the wrong program, and the scientists' obsession with seeing a key recording -- and ends with a vision of God and the afterlife that just get ridiculous. Acting is good overall actually, with some very strong moments by all. In brief, many excellent ideas, but too my American-style cheese and relationship improvement towards the end with an essentially religious ending that sort of made the whole thing belly-flop in my mind.

Brainstorm (1983)

This is a very entertaining movie, and the special effects are good considering the time it was made. It has always been one of my very favorite movies, largely because, who would not at some time or another want to experience what a friend or loved one is going through or what it feels like to do this or that?

Brainstorm (1983)
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Released: 2000

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