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, Dean Norris, Rosemary Dunsmore, Marshall Bell, Roy Brocksmith, Michael Gregory, Debbie Lee Carrington, Ray Baker, Ronny Cox, Mickey Jones, Alexia Robinson, Mel Johnson Jr., Robert Costanzo, Rachel Ticotin, Michael Champion, David Knell, Mark Carlton, Lycia Naff, Michael LaGuardia, Priscilla Allen, Ken Strausbaugh, Marc Alaimo, Ken Gildin, Parker Whitman, Ellen Gollas, Gloria Dorson, Erika Carlsson, Benny Corral, Sharon Stone
Director: Paul Verhoeven
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