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Colossus: The Forbin Project
Directed by Joseph Sargent • 1970 • United States
Starring Eric Braeden, Susan Clark, Gordon Pinsent
Steeped in Cold War dread yet undeniably relevant to our increasingly digital age, this chilling thriller was one of the first films to examine the concept of human beings losing control of computer technology. With a mix of wit and steadily escalating suspense, COLOSSUS envisions a world in which the U.S. has handed over control of its nuclear-defense system to the titular supercomputer designed by scientist Dr. Charles Forbin (Eric Braeden). It soon becomes clear, however, that the now-sentient Colossus is far more intelligent than its creator realized—with the fate of the world hanging in the balance.