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June 4, 2019

Episode 418: Total Recall (1990)

Special Guest: Gary L. Goldman
Guest Co-Hosts: Jedidiah Ayres, Rob St. Mary

We’re kicking off back to back discussions of adaptations with a look at 1990's Total Recall. Directed by Paul Verhoeven, the film spent years in turnaround until was attached and got the thing made. It's the story of a common construction worker who dreams of life on Mars. When he learns of a procedure that can implant memories of being on Mars, things get a little complicated.

Rob St. Mary and Jedidiah Ayres join Mike to discuss the complicated road which Total Recall took to get to the silver screen as well as the wretched Len Wiseman remake and the strange television spin-off. Screenwriter reveals how he helped shape the film to make it the success it ultimately became.

Listen/Download Now:

Buy Total Recall on Blu-Ray
Buy We Can Remember It for you Wholesale and Other Classic Stories by Philip K. Dick
Listen to our episode on The Fly
Listen to our episode on Blade Runner
Listen to our episode on Big Trouble in Little China

Original Score - Jerry Goldsmith
"Total Recall: The Musical (Mountains of Mars" - Jon and Al


1 comment:

  1. Great job Mike and Rob!

    It's always so great to hear the old gang back together again. :)

    And what a wonderful reason to team up for. Truly great coverage of this classic movie, and the barftastic remake.

    However, once again, your interview with the scriptwriter takes the cake. What an interesting story about the development of the movie, Carolco's downfall, Arnie's failed Crusader project and 80s, 90s and 2000s Hollywood.

    And I honestly can't believe you remembered to cover the series as well. I've actually seen the show - and completely forgot all about it until now. And yeah, a total Blade Runner riff that has nothing to do with Total Recall.

    On a sidenote, while it's true that no one on the show is famous, the lead, Michael Easton, was popular at the town among fans of the virtual reality Sci-Fi thriller series VR.5.

    Anyway, thank you Mike for your hard work and for celebrating PKD's work this month!