Three of four models, who had plastic surgery done by Larry after a computed list, are dead. Neither the cops nor Larry believe they're suicides. Larry investigates and stays with the fourth model. Who's behind the lists and murders?

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Michael Crichton
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Albert Finney ... Dr. Larry Roberts
James Coburn ... John Reston
Susan Dey ... Cindy Fairmont
Leigh Taylor-Young ... Jennifer Long
Dorian Harewood ... Lieutenant Masters
Tim Rossovich ... Moustache Man
Darryl Hickman ... Dr. Jim Belfield
Kathryn Witt Kathryn Witt ... Tina Cassidy
Terri Welles Terri Welles ... Lisa Convey
Michael Hawkins Michael Hawkins ... Senator Robert Harrison (as Michael Gainsborough)
Ashley Cox ... Candy
Donna Kei Benz Donna Kei Benz ... Ellen (as Donna Benz)
Catherine Parks ... Jan
Terry Kiser ... Commercial Director
Georgann Johnson ... Cindy's Mother
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Storyline

Plastic surgeon Larry Roberts performs a series of minor alterations on a group of models who are seeking perfection. The operations are a resounding success. But when someone starts killing his beautiful patients, Dr. Roberts becomes suspicious and starts investigating. What he uncovers are the mysterious - and perhaps murderous - activities of a high-tech computer company called Digital Matrix. Written by alfiehitchie

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If looks could kill...

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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Writer-director Michael Crichton once said of this film: "Television commercials are already manipulative. That's exactly what they're supposed to do. I don't consider that kind of manipulation evil, but what would happen if someone with a bit more scientific knowledge began tampering with commercials?" See more »

Goofs

Arriving at the scene of murder #3, the doctor pulls up to the apt building and looking up at the balcony, he recognizes which apartment is the murder victim's after reporting to police that he'd never been social with his clients and could not possibly be able to guess which apartment it was. See more »

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John Reston: Television can control public opinion more effectively than armies of secret police, because television is entirely voluntary. The American government forces our children to attend school, but nobody forces them to watch T.V. Americans of all ages *submit* to television. Television is the American ideal. Persuasion without coercion. Nobody makes us watch. Who could have predicted that a *free* people would voluntarily spend one fifth of their lives sitting in front of a *box* with pictures? ...
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Alternate Versions

The broadcast television version contains additional footage, including a scene where Reston (James Coburn) explains to Dr. Roberts (Albert Finney and Cindy ('Susan Dey') why Digital Matrix had the "perfect" models killed. See more »

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High Wire
Music and Lyrics by Barry De Vorzon and Mike Towers (as Michael Towers)
Performed by Sue Saad
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Fascinating, prophetic film featuring all of Susan Dey!
24 October 2001 | by EasyrobSee all my reviews

Mr. Friedman's review says it all. I loved this film when I first saw it and have never forgotten it. The premise includes the notion that, one day, it will be possible for computers to create lifelike images of real people. 20 yrs. later, we're still working on it, but close. Haven't seen it in a long time but remember it was dramatic and well executed. And yes, I'd personally see this film again just for that scene of Susan Dey's gorgeous bod being turned on a pedestal, being laser scanned into a computer.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1981 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Stereo

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2.39 : 1
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