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      Scanners

      1981, Sci-fi/Horror, 1h 42m

      44 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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      Scanners is a dark sci-fi story with special effects that'll make your head explode. Read critic reviews

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      Movie Info

      Scanners are men and women born with incredible telepathic and telekinetic powers. There are many who exercise the benefits of their special gifts in a safe and judicious manner. However, there is a group of renegade scanners who plan to create a race that will rule the world.

      • Rating: R

      • Genre: Sci-fi, Horror, Mystery & thriller

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: David Cronenberg

      • Producer: Claude Héroux

      • Writer: David Cronenberg

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

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      • Distributor: AVCO Embassy Pictures

      • Production Co: Filmplan

      • Sound Mix: Stereo, Mono

      • Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

      Cast & Crew

      Stephen Lack
      Patrick McGoohan
      Lawrence Dane
      Adam Ludwig
      Victor Désy
      Mavor Moore
      Robert A. Silverman
      Pierre David
      Victor Solnicki
      Howard Shore
      Mark Irwin
      Ronald Sanders
      Carol Spier
      Delphine White
      Constant Natale
      Don Buchsbaum
      Jim Kaufman
      Jean Bourret

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      • Jun 25, 2016

        Excellent story-line and I wished it should have more to it.

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      • May 24, 2016

        Watching this I try to imagine Cronenberg's directing his lead actors: "I need you to look as if you're trying to blow somebody's head off ... by only thinking about it." I try to imagine his actors processing that direction: "What exactly does THAT look like? What does this guy want?" All about big government conspiracy, and the rebellion against that, this is some big fun if you can get over the age of the work.

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      • Feb 21, 2016

        Gore abound and while an interesting concept it is very slow going!

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      • Jun 20, 2015

        Maybe I judged this movie too soon.I saw Scanners on VHS at the local Goodwill Outlet store but really had no interest in watching it so I threw it back in the bin.Lately I've been seeing it on the free movie channel so I decided to give it a go &..... It turned out to be an OK movie.It's definitely interesting & something I'd tell whoever to go see at least once.The exploding head at the start of the movie, Wow.That was 1 of the grossest but coolest (I feel wrong for saying that) things I've seen in a Horror flick.The rest of Scanners was solid with alot of really nice special effects.The ending kinda fell off for me but I don't know why.I don't know if it caught me off guard or I just didn't get it.The eyeballs part was gross as well & if you watched this movie, You know what I mean.If not, You've been warned.I'm glad I watched Scanners but I'm not kicking myself for putting it back it in the bin

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