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Electric Dreams (1984)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 20 July 1984 (USA)
An artificially intelligent PC and his human owner find themselves in a romantic rivalry over a woman.

Director:

Steve Barron

Writer:

Rusty Lemorande
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lenny von Dohlen ... Miles Harding
Virginia Madsen ... Madeline Robistat
Maxwell Caulfield ... Bill
Bud Cort ... Edgar (voice)
Don Fellows ... Mr. Ryley
Alan Polonsky Alan Polonsky ... Frank, Co-Worker
Wendy Miller Wendy Miller ... Computer Clerk
Harry Rabinowitz ... Conductor
Miriam Margolyes ... Ticket Girl
Holly De Jong Holly De Jong ... Ryley's Receptionist
Stella Maris Stella Maris ... Woman at Airport
Mary Doran Mary Doran ... Millie
Diana Choy Diana Choy ... Check-Out Girl
Jim Steck Jim Steck ... Removal Man
Gary Pettinger Gary Pettinger ... Removal Man
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Storyline

Miles buys himself a state-of-the-art computer that starts expressing thoughts and emotions after a having champagne spilled down on him. Things start getting out of hand when both Miles and Edgar, how the computer calls himself, fall in love with Madeline, an attractive neighbour. Written by Robert Zeithammel <zeit@cip.physik.uni-muenchen.de>

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Meet Edgar. He'll make you sing, make you dance, make you laugh, make you cry, make you jealous, make you nuts. See more »


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Trivia

"Edgar" also happened to be the name of a text editing program common on IBM mainframes back in the 80's. See more »

Goofs

When Miles asks Madeleine out, she says she has rehearsals every night except Wednesday. Then later she says she can see him Wednesday, he asks 'what about rehearsal?' And she replies 'they cancelled it'. See more »

Quotes

[the sights and sounds of a party are coming out of Miles' apartment]
Neighbor: [from her apartment window] Howard. Just go on in.
[Howard peers through the translucent windows of the door at colored, flashing lights. He pushes it open, tripping the electronic lock sensor]
Edgar: All right! Beat it!
[the music abruptly stops. The door slowly creaks open]
Edgar: [Howard looks in, sees a dark, clean, and quiet apartment, no sign of a party at all. He closes the door and leaves, perplexed]
Neighbor: *That's* tellin' him, Howard.
Edgar: [...]
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits: Green Text: A VIRGIN PICTURES PRODUCTION Multicolored Text: hello Green Text: HELLO Multicolored Text: is this a story? Green Text: YES Multicolored Text: what type? Green Text: FAIRYTALE FOR COMPUTERS Multicolored Text: name? Green Text: ELECTRIC DREAMS Then, both texts disappear and the movie's title appears in the multicolored text. See more »

Alternate Versions

When it aired on HBO, the opening card sequence identifying it as a Virgin Films production was removed and replaced with one for MGM with Leo the MGM Lion roaring twice during the opening music. See more »

Connections

References Pinocchio (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Karma Chameleon
Adapted by John Gregory and Harry Rabinowitz
Composed by Boy George (as George O'Dowd), Jon Moss, Mikey Craig (as Michael Craig),
Phil Pickett
(c)1983 Virgin Music (publishers) Limited/Warner Bros. Music Limited
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Memorable 80's classic.
8 February 2011 | by BlueghostSee all my reviews

They don't make 'em like this anymore. Watching a restored version of this film on DVD put a smile on my face. It's a warm science fiction romance about an electronic prodigy with the sensibilities of a child come to life.

Miles is the proverbial introvert who has a relatively good job, and is smitten by an arrival of the opposite sex in his building. But at the same time Miles, being a paper and pencil architect, is wondering how he can get his life organized. He goes for the obvious option of seeking a left brained solution. In other words; a computer.

But the logic circuits of keyboard, monitor and printer cannot compare to the ultimate solution of a second mind in the form of a the fairer sex. Miles discovers the thing that a computer can not give him, and Edgar, his computer, discovers what he cannot have and has always misunderstood about human feelings.

It's a simple film with lots of cinematic trickery to make it appear bigger than it actually is. It's a film about heart and mind, and about which wins out over the other. It's a classic tale of the mind finding the heart, and the heart finding peace of mind with another soul.

One of the appealing things is seeing various exteriors shot locally, including a local radio personality whom I used to listen to on KMEL, the Blue Angels, Palace of Fine Arts and a number of other places. The music is of course classic 80's fare, and the primitive electronic tones highlight's the time and theme

It's a delightful warm-hearted film that I waited many years to see again in its full widescreen glory, and relive some younger days when things were a little more innocent, and a little more lively. When computers needed dialup modems, electronic music had just come into its own, and video games were still using cartridges (note the Activision cartridges for the Atari 2600 behind Miles when he purchases his computer, Edgar).

Well, I waited well over 20 years to see it, and I'm glad I did. It's the kind of simple and loving film that I would be proud to shoot for the rest of my life. It has heart, it has warmth, it is a segment of 1980s San Francisco Bay Area that puts a smile on this viewers face. It is electronic romance San Francisco 1980's style.

Please watch it and enjoy, but try not to be too judgmental.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

20 July 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,009,586, 22 July 1984

Gross USA:

$2,193,612

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,193,612
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Virgin See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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