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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

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The most unusual triangle in the history of love: a boy, a girl, and a computer. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 July 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor é Música See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,009,586, 22 July 1984, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$2,193,612

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,467,664
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Virgin See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Virginia Madsen revealed in a 2011 interview with Kevin Pollak that she had bought the remake rights to this film, but couldn't get any studio interested in making it. See more »

Goofs

At the Los Angeles International Airport, the departures board behind miles lists a flight to "Michigan", which is extremely unlikely, given that flight information displays usually list flights per city (not state). In fact, all the other domestic flights on the board are listed per city (New York, Dallas, San Francisco, Miami, Washington and Reno). See more »

Quotes

Miles Harding: "You can play it for her, you can play it for me."
Edgar: What?
Miles Harding: Play it, Sam.
Edgar: What key?
Miles Harding: Your favorite.
Edgar: You want verses first, or the choruses?
Miles Harding: Any way you like.
Edgar: Yeah!
[instrumental bridge of Jeff Lynne's song "Video" plays]
Edgar: [singing] Hug, hold, squeeze and lick / Darling, I love you to bits / And I want to see your tits.
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Crazy Credits

Dedicated to the memory of the UNIVAC I See more »

Alternate Versions

When released on DVD in region 2, distributed by Hollywood Classics on behalf of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment LLC and made available to the UK exclusively by Second Sight Films, the opening card was again the MGM lion, with URL added, but omitting the a capella opening lyrics entirely. The opening text starts at "A VIRGIN PICTURES PRODUCTION". See more »

Connections

Features The Love Bug (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Now You're Mine
Performed by Helen Terry
Music by Giorgio Moroder
Lyrics by Helen St. John and Rusty Lemorande
Produced by Giorgio Moroder
(c)1984 GMPC
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An enjoyable, yet hard to find movie.
18 June 1999 | by GuyCCSee all my reviews

Electric Dreams is a quirky '80's film that has remained one of my favorites from that decade. The story of a boy, a girl, and a computer trying to find the meaning of love could have easily been a ridiculously campy movie, but instead is played out with a lighthearted sincerity. Lenny Von Dolen's portrayal of architect Miles Harding is done well, conveying the feelings of insecurity and wonder of falling in love for the first time, and Virginia Madsen's performance as would-be girlfriend Madeline equally shines. The movie is shot more like a music video (Director Steve Barron also worked on Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" video), and while there have been plenty of films that have used similar "MTV-style" techniques in the '90's, this was an unpioneered format at the time, and it seems to work the best here. The set design is great, the scene pacing doesn't drag on, and the sentiment is in the right place so that viewers can laugh at the humorous parts and relate during the romantic scenes. The music soundtrack is also top-notch, with music from Culture Club, Jeff Lynne, Heaven 17 and Giorgio Moroder. The computer technology and the commercials set this movie firmly in the early '80's, which may make it seem a little dated, but the overall story still holds up well and is fun. Electric Dreams is an enjoyable romantic fantasy that a lot of people may have missed when it was first released (even more so since the film seems to be out of print), but for those wanting to see something a little different, this may be what you've been looking for.


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