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      Electric Dreams

      PG 1984 1 hr. 35 min. Fantasy Romance Comedy List
      47% 19 Reviews Tomatometer 71% 2,500+ Ratings Audience Score A San Francisco architect (Lenny Von Dohlen) woos the cellist (Virginia Madsen) next door; so does Edgar, his personal home computer. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Nov 07 Buy Now

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      OMF T Great film, only watched it due to being obsessed with the title song. Expected it to be terrible and in ways it was, but as a window to a period in time now gone it's incredible. Great soundtrack, great lead actors, great story, a computer becomes alive and helps the protagonist get the girl only to then fall in love with her itself and set up a tense finale as the computer effectively controls everything the lead can do. So odd it's brilliant (like an 80s comedy 'ex machina') incredible soundtrack - including the title song, Duel, Jeff Lynne, they should remake this into a musical or modern version (they'd have to cut out a lot) but it has a charm especially its lead actor and actress which simply can't be replicates today. By the time Together in Electric Dreams plays you're fist pumping and weeping at the same time. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/13/24 Full Review Jack C I want him (the computer) Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/22/23 Full Review DaftViru5 Keep in mind that this movie is from the 80's, the plot about how AI could ruin someone's life in a split second with the infancy of publicly available technology at the time, is quite impressive. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 12/07/22 Full Review Audience Member Steve Barron directed some of the most famous videos like "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson, "Money for Nothing" by Dire Straits, "Electric Avenue" by Eddy Grant, "Don't You Want Me" by The Human League, "Africa" by Toto and "Take On Me" by A-ha. This was his first film, which was written by Rusty Lemorande, who also was behind Captain EO, Cannon's Journey to the Center of the Earth and the Patsy Kensit and and Julian Sands-starring The Turn of the Screw. Barron often shared his music videos with his mother Zelda. Now, that isn't him being a mama's boy. She was at the time doing continuity on Yentl with Lemorande — she also directed the movie Shag and Culture Club's* videos for "I'll Tumble 4 Ya," "Miss Me Blind," "The Medal Song" and "It's a Miracle" — and showed showed him a video that Barron made for Haysi Fantayzee, which led to this movie. The film is very much an extended music video and has lots of artists of the era, such as YB40, Jeff Lynne, Phil Collins, Heaven 17 and, most importantly, Giorgio Moroder, who was hired as the composer. Barron would later say, "(Mordoer) played me a demo track he thought would be good for the movie. It was the tune of "Together in Electric Dreams" but with some temporary lyrics sung by someone who sounded like a cheesy version of Neil Diamond. Giorgio was insisting the song could be a hit so I thought I'd suggest someone to sing who would be as far from a cheesy Neil Diamond as one could possibly go. Phil Oakey**. We then got Phil in who wrote some new lyrics on the back of a (cigarette) packet on the way to the recording studio and did two takes which Giorgio was well pleased with and everybody went home happy." Miles Harding (Lenny Von Dohlen, Harold Smith on Twin Peaks) is an architect who wants to build earthquake-proof building, which is why he buys a computer to help him and goes overboard, buying everything he can to allow it to run his house. However, he screws up his own name and it calls him Moles. As the computer downlaods more information and it starts to overheat. Miles pours champagne on it, which is not how to fix a computer and it becomes self-aware, gains the voice of Bud Cort (Barron didn't want Cort to be seen by the other actors so he did his lines in a padded box on a sound stage) and the name Edgar. Miles and Edgar are both in love with neighbor Madeline Robistat (Virginia Madsen), with Edgar even playing cello along with her in a duet, a performance that Miles takes credit for. He even asks the computer to write a song for Madeline, but that takes things too far and soon man fights machine. Yet don't take this to be a horror movie. It ends up being quite sweet at the end and is a cute romance. You can even see Moroder show up as a record producer. This movie has one of my favorite movie things in it: computers that at once look dated and yet do more than they can today. *Harold and Maude fan Boy George visited the set of this movie just to meet Bud Cort. George also helped compose the song "Electric Dreams" and contributed his band's songs "Karma Chameleon," "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me," "Love Is Love" and "The Dream" to the soundtrack. **The Human League's singer. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member This film is massively underrated by RT & others that sadly seem to be missing out on it's sheer multi layered & levelled brilliance. Undeniably creative and way ahead of it's time; It predicted/foreshadowed how people live now and will in the future. It has a so much pure heart and humour to it. It is excellent on so many levels: The casting, the acting, the direction (check out his music video credits for starters & you get a sense of this in the movie), the music/soundtrack, the cinematography & editing, the story & script, the style and so much more! A passion project that was misunderstood by too many at the time, came into it's own with time, as a true classic. It remains an incredible time capsule of the time and era, whilst also being ever relevant and resonant currently and beyond. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Um registro muito divertido da época em que os computadores estavam sendo descobertos como uma grande função doméstica da sociedade. E não é que hoje eles acabam sendo o centro de tudo ? E o melhor ainda é o romance leve conduzido pela ótima trilha sonora com um lendário nome da música: Giorgio Moroder. A hipnótica composição "The Duel" chegou a ser tema do programa TV Animal do SBT. Para efeitos de curiosidade, Giorgio chegou a gravar uma composição bem especial para a banda Daft Punk. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Gary Arnold Washington Post Electric Dreams is too lightweight and, in the last analysis, inane to take the sinister attributes beyond comic bounds. Apr 30, 2018 Full Review Lawrence Kirkbride Los Angeles Times This is a lighthearted romantic comedy that has its moments, both humorous and thought-provoking. Apr 1, 2014 Full Review Liz Moody Empire Magazine Dated of course, being typically 80s, but maintains a certain charm. Rated: 3/5 May 28, 2009 Full Review Eddie Harrison …a deeply silly film that somehow accurately predicts that technology might get in the way of our ability to socially interface in person… Rated: 3/5 Jul 7, 2023 Full Review Alan Jones Starburst It really does resemble three minute rock videos strung together in the hope of coming across as narrative. Jul 21, 2022 Full Review Kevin Carr Fat Guys at the Movies An unabashed benchmark of 80s music video cinema, this tells a sweet if not one-sided love story and features a fantastic soundtrack. Rated: 3/4 Jul 15, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis A San Francisco architect (Lenny Von Dohlen) woos the cellist (Virginia Madsen) next door; so does Edgar, his personal home computer.
      Steve Barron
      Executive Producer
      Richard Branson
      Rusty Lemorande
      Fantasy, Romance, Comedy
      Original Language
      Sound Mix
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