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The Final Programme (1973)

Cast: Jon Finch, Jenny Runacre, Patrick Magee, more...
Director: Robert Fuest
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Anchor Bay
Genre: Action, Cult, Foreign, Science Fiction , Disaster Action, Post-Apocalypse, Adventure, Fantasy, UK
Running Time: 89 min.
Languages: English
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Synopsis
Jon Finch stars as Jerry Cornelius, swinging London's leading scientific genius, in this screen adaptation of the acclaimed science fiction novel by Michael Moorcock. As the world teeters on the brink of collapse following a nuclear war, Jerry discovers that a batch of microfilm containing "the final programme" -- the plan for an ideal, self-replicating human being, which was designed by his father -- has fallen into the wrong hands. With the assistance of Miss Brunner (Jenny Runacre), a voracious and bisexual computer expert, Jerry discovers the programme has been taken by his unscrupulous brother Frank (Derrick O'Connor), and Jerry and Miss Brunner must recover it and put the system to work, leading to the creation of a new messiah (which isn't quite what one would expect). The distinguished supporting cast for this thoughtful bit of satire includes Patrick Magee, Sterling Hayden, and George Coulouris. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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Metal guru, is it true? by mosurock October 31, 2006 - 7:48 AM PST
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Read about this one in an old issue of Psychotronic Video in an interview with the director, Robert Fuest. He was responsible for both "Dr. Phibes" movies, which are some of my favorite Vincent Price films as well as genuinely entertaining British camp-horror. He also made a small, quiet thriller called "And Soon the Darkness" that I enjoyed. This one is a fun, loose sci-fi adaptation of a Michael Moorcock story starring Jon Finch (fresh off of "Frenzy") and some fairly spicy British actresses like Jenny Runacre. The plot is fairly contrived and ready for TV: the wealthy, glammed-out Jerry Cornelius (Finch) -- son of a legendary, and deceased, scientist and thinker -- is called upon by a team of researchers led by Dr. Brunner (Runacre) to retrieve microfilm from his father's estate. Only thing is, Jerry's brother Frank is holed up in the mansion, strung out on heroin and various other drugs, and proves to be somewhat of a difficulty. No matter -- Brunner is some sort of psychic bisexual vampire who can absorb the bodies of those she sleeps with, so all the answers are eventually reached anyway. I guess it all means that the world is about to end, and a new type of human is on the verge of being created. The last 15-20 minutes make absolutely no sense at all, and seem that they could have fallen out of "Velvet Goldmine". But it's a fun time, Finch hamming it up with his eyeliner and black nail polish all over the place. Lots of large, bleeping machines and weird, Korova Milk Bar-esque set pieces are stacked atop bargain-basement solarization effects and "psychedelic" imagery. I enjoyed it for what it was, and it would probably make for a great background to project at somebody's DJ night.




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