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Brainstorm (1983)

  PG HD Closed Captioning

Douglass Trumbull

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Plot Summary

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!

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?

A good film in spite of major obstacles

One has to remember that Ms. Wood was tragically lost before this film was complete. While I find it quite entertaining like it is, one can only imagine what this movie might have been had it been completed as originally written. I understand that major rewrites were required to finish the film without Ms. Wood. Again, the movie is very good and certainly worth watching. The premise is fascinating and the effects are quite good.

Brainstorm (1983)
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  • $17.99
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Released: 2000

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