• Total Recall (1990)

Total Recall

Release Date: 1990

DVD Release Date: June 18th, 1997

R |1 hr 49 min

Plot Summary

Douglas Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a bored construction worker in the year 2084 who dreams of visiting the colonized Mars. He visits "Rekall," a company that plants false memories into people's brains, in order to experience the thrill of Mars without having to travel there. But something goes wrong during the procedure; Quaid discovers that his entire life is actually a false memory and that the people who implanted it in his head now want him dead.

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin, Sharon Stone, Ronny Cox, Michael Ironside, Marshall Bell, Mel Johnson Jr., Michael Champion

Director: Paul Verhoeven

Genres: Science Fiction , Action

Production Co: TriStar Pictures, Carolco Pictures Inc.

Keywords: Intense, Deception

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Mike ClarkUSA Today

    Both female roles are unexpectedly meaty, so much so that the film loses something once the far more lively Stone is dispatched. Hour one (more satirical) is better all around, though the falloff isn't fatal. [1 June 1990, Life, p.2D]

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    One of the most complex and visually interesting science fiction movies in a long time. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle

    A first-rate action movie, slickly done and with so many imaginative bonuses that, for a time, it feels like a classic in the making. It's not, but it's still solid and entertaining [1 June 1990]

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Nominated Sound Effects Editing
Winner Special Achievement Award (Visual Effects)
Nominated Achievement in Special Visual Effects
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1991)
Nominated Sound