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Directed by Douglas Trumbull • 1983 • United States
Starring Christopher Walken, Natalie Wood, Louise Fletcher
Having created special effects for such science-fiction milestones as 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND, and BLADE RUNNER, Douglas Trumbull brought his visionary aesthetic innovations to this at once visceral and thought-provoking cautionary tale about the abuse of technology. Christopher Walken and Louise Fletcher star as a pair of scientists whose team discovers a way to travel into the minds of others. The breakthrough device that they invent records a person’s perceptions, thoughts, and emotions—then allows someone else to share exactly the same experience. But when the government learns of the invention, it foresees chilling military applications for a process intended to help mankind.