Total Recall

Total Recall

USA | 1990 | 113 min. | Paul Verhoeven

September 15, 2022

When a man goes in to have virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars implanted in his mind, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real.

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Doug Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger) seems to have it pretty good in 2084 A.D. A heavily muscled construction worker, he boasts a beautiful wife, Lori (Sharon Stone), good friends, and a technologically advanced home featuring video phones and even video walls. But he is haunted by dreams of a mysterious brunette woman and the red wastelands of Mars. Quaid visits Rekall, a unique travel agency that implants the memory of an adventure into its customers’ minds, to get the chance to live out his Martian fantasies. When something goes terribly wrong and a blocked off portion of his mind is activated, Quaid finds himself at the center of a dangerous conspiracy. He must travel to Mars and get to the bottom of why he is being hunted by trigger-happy henchmen. But how can he know that what he’s experiencing isn’t just part of the Rekall experience? Are the mutant revolutionaries on Mars his allies, enemies, or complete fabrications? And is the lovely brunette at his side nothing more than a figment of his imagination?

  • Director: Paul Verhoeven
  • Principal Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Rachel Ticotin, Michael Ironside
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 1990
  • Running Time: 113 min.
  • Producer: Buzz Feitshans, Ronald Shusett
  • Screenplay: Ronald Shusett, Dan O'Bannon, Gary Goldman, Jon Povill
  • Cinematographers: Jost Vacano
  • Music: Jerry Goldsmith
  • International Sales: Rialto Pictures