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The Final Programme (1973)

R | | Sci-Fi | August 1974 (USA)
A trio of scientists plan to create a self-replicating, immortal, hermaphrodite using the Final Programme developed by a Nobel Prize-winning dead scientist.

Director:

Robert Fuest

Writers:

Michael Moorcock (novel), Robert Fuest
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Finch ... Jerry Cornelius
Jenny Runacre ... Miss Brunner
Sterling Hayden ... Maj. Wrongway Lindbergh
Harry Andrews ... John
Hugh Griffith ... Professor Hira
Julie Ege ... Miss Dazzle
Patrick Magee ... Dr. Baxter
Graham Crowden ... Dr. Smiles
George Coulouris ... Dr. Powys
Basil Henson Basil Henson ... Dr. Lucas
Derrick O'Connor ... Frank
Gilles Millinaire Gilles Millinaire ... Dimitri
Ronald Lacey ... Shades
Sandy Ratcliff ... Jenny (as Sandy Ratcliffe)
Mary MacLeod ... Nurse (as Mary Macleod)
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Storyline

After the death of his Nobel Prize-winning father, billionaire physicist Jerry Cornelius becomes embroiled in the search for the mysterious "Final Programme", developed by his father. The programme, a design for a perfect, self-replicating human being, is contained on microfilm. A group of scientists, led by the formidable Miss Brunner (who consumes her lovers), has sought Cornelius's help in obtaining it. After a chase across a war-torn Europe on the verge of anarchy, Brunner and Cornelius obtain the microfilm from Jerry's loathsome brother Frank. They proceed to an abandoned underground Nazi fortress in the Arctic to run the programme, with Jerry and Miss Brunner as the subjects. Written by Bernard Keane <BKeane2@email.dot.gov.au>

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The Future is Cancelled!

Genres:

Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last Days of Man on Earth See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (uncut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original intention was that Timothy Dalton should play Jerry Cornelius and that Vanessa Redgrave should play Miss Brunner. The two actors were a romantic item at the time and appeared together many times in the 1970s, in stage plays and in the films "Mary, Queen of Scots" and "Agatha". See more »

Quotes

Frank: What you need is some Tempodex, Jerry. That's what I'm on. Time-fix, it's my remedy for everyone. Can't you feel those millions of years waiting in your spine, huh? Waiting to find their way up into your back-brain, your mid-brain, your fore-brain? You'll never know you had so many brains, Jerry, till Tempodex starts opening them up for you.
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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Cult science fiction fantasy in the tradition of late 60's - early 70's
2 December 2001 | by pmapsonSee all my reviews

I first saw this film when it came out in 1973, and just watched it for the second time on DVD. Excellent production values and camera work. Stars Jon Finch as androgynous (but heterosexual) dandy-dressing Jerry Cornelius, with black nail polish; looks a bit like a cross between an older Johnny Depp and Billy Zane. Also stars Sterling Hayden, Julie Ege and the evil (duh) Nazi guy from "Raiders of the Lost Ark". The film itself is a cult science fiction fantasy in the best tradition of the late '60's - early '70's, with similarities in style to The Prisoner, early James Bond (slightly), Clockwork Orange, The Abominable Dr. Phibes, and The Avengers (the director worked on the last two of those also). It is years ahead of its time in theme and science, but lapses into camp several times, especially as it progresses. It is rather disjointed, but the acting and sets are both good. Based on a story by Michael Moorcock.


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