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, Roy Brocksmith, Bob Bergen, Marshall Bell, Mickey Jones, Joel Kramer, Rosemary Dunsmore, Michael Gregory, Allan Graf, Rachel Ticotin, Ronny Cox, Ray Baker, Mel Johnson Jr., Sharon Stone, Erik Cord, Alexia Robinson, Peter Kent, Robert Costanzo, Roger Cudney, Ken Gildin, Monica Steuer, Sasha Rionda, Parker Whitman, Linda Howell, Ellen Gollas
Director: Paul Verhoeven
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