Now, years later, we will take a look at these classics in a more objective, unforgiving adult light: Are they really the best ever? How do they hold up now? The future Governator campaigned for the role throughout the eighties, even though producer Dino De Laurentiis insisted he was wrong for the part.
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By Cindy Davis Lists March 5, The film holds up surprisingly well—with minimal special effects and only one CGI blip—it reminds us that less can indeed be more. Total Recall is based on Philip K. Stuck in development hell since the early 80s, the film passed from director to director Dino De Laurentiis and David Cronenberg and at different times was to be headlined by Richard Dreyfuss, John Hurt and Jeff Bridges. The opening scene was shot in Churubusco, Mexico City. Because there was no money left for these scenes shot at the end of filming, everything aside from the people is special effects. It was done on blue screen, on a stage about as big as a basketball court.
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The year was What made Total Recall so special was how, for a Hollywood blockbuster, the film was so very smart and at the same time so gratuitous and graphic in all the most offensive ways—F-bombs and body counts earned the film, as the legend goes, an initial X rating. But that's only one reason to love Total Recall , which went on to inspire a TV series, the film Minority Report and a possible remake planned for Well, Verhoeven, we have to hand it to you Total Recall is still one of the best mindfraks ever. In the years since Total Recall was released, others have tried to screw with people's memories. Really, though, Michel Gondry's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Joss Whedon's Dollhouse are little more than other applications of the mindfrak concepts best articulated in this film—the discovery that a previous persona inhabiting your brain has used you to infiltrate a resistance group, betrayed you and now plans to wipe you from his memory. The greater question in Total Recall that's tormented many the critic, video store clerk and geek for decades is—Is the double agent story legit, or is the over-the-top action all just the delusions of an average joe being lobotomized by the brain butchers at a cut-rate memory shop?
Perhaps someone wiped our memory. Or maybe we just huffed too much spray paint. Probably a little bit of both. Who are you again? We want nothing to do with you! Vagina Face Is Hank. In the Philip K. However, since this was being developed when the Vice President of the United States was a really stupid guy named Dan Quayle they changed it to keep from it being misinterpreted as a political statement. In the original story the lead character was also an accountant but they made him a construction worker to suit Arnold.