Total Recall is a science fiction blockbuster from 1990 began its production life as a very different movie than the one that was released. An adaptation of the Philip K. Dick short story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale," Total Recall was originally conceived of with Richard Dreyfuss starring as a Walter Mitty-like character who experiences a variety of artificially induced fantasies. The movie we know is a mega-budget action epic set on Mars. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a normal working man who discovers that his entire reality has been invented to conceal a plot of planetary domination. Oscar-winning special effects and violent action propel the twisting plot, in which Arnold manipulates his manipulators in a world of dazzling high technology. Director Paul Verhoeven (Robocop) indulges his usual penchant for gratuitous bloodshed, but Total Recall has enough cleverness to rise above its excesses.
About Total Recall (1990)
Starring: Michael Ironside, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robert Picardo, Dean Norris, Joe Unger, Debbie Lee Carrington, Bob Bergen, Marshall Bell, Mickey Jones, Roy Brocksmith, Michael Gregory, Joel Kramer, Rosemary Dunsmore, Ray Baker, Ronny Cox, Rachel Ticotin, Allan Graf, Mel Johnson Jr., Peter Kent, Robert Costanzo, Alexia Robinson, Erik Cord, Michael Champion, Frank Kopyc, David Knell, Chuck Sloan, Mark Carlton, Dave Nicolson, Lycia Naff, Paula McClure
Director: Paul Verhoeven
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