Brainstorm (1965) (MOD)

Moody scientist Jim Grayam rescues the lovely Lorrie, only to learn that she's his boss' wife! After Grayam and Lorrie embark on a torrid affair, he hatches the perfect plan: kill Cort while faking insanity to avoid a murder rap!


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Brainstorm (1965) (MOD)
 
4.3

(based on 6 reviews)

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Pros

  • Engaging characters (5)
  • Emotionally engaging (4)
  • Great cinematography (4)
  • Great story (4)

Cons

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4.0

"People Are Strange"

By J.Gabin

from Pasadena, CA

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      Comments about Brainstorm (1965) (MOD):

      The print is not so bad,and the DVD transfer is quite competent: Detail is excellent, clarity pleasing and contrast handled with quite good precision. The audio track is clear,and clean.
      However the print is not flawless,uneven in spots,with some softness and scratches and a few bad frames... of course!

      RECOMMENDED!

       
      5.0

      fun "madhouse" thriller from mid-Sixties

      By Jobla

      from Seattle, WA

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      Pros

      • Emotionally Engaging
      • Engaging Characters
      • Epic Cast
      • Great Cinematography
      • Great Story

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        Comments about Brainstorm (1965) (MOD):

        I consider this to be the best of the mid-1960's "sane man fakes his way into an insane asylum to attempt to solve a crime" group of thrillers, including SHOCK CORRIDOR and SIGNPOST TO MURDER. Excellent cast includes Jeffrey Hunter, Dana Andrews, and Anne Francis. A good thriller that looks great in CinemaScope.

         
        4.0

        Worth Waiting Decades To See

        By Turbo Ferbo

        from NYC

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        Pros

        • Broad Appeal
        • Emotionally Engaging
        • Engaging Characters
        • Great Cinematography
        • Great Story

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          Comments about Brainstorm (1965) (MOD):

          Last night I had the very great pleasure of seeing a film that I had wanted to see for decades, 1965's "Brainstorm" (not to be confused with the Natalie Wood movie from the early '80s). This one stars my main gal, Anne Francis, as well as Jeff Hunter and Dana Andrews; that would be Anne in the same year as "Honey West," Hunter in the same year that he played Capt. Pike on "Star Trek," and Andrews in the same year as "Crack in the World." In the film, Hunter, a research scientist at kajillionaire Andrews firm, falls in love with the boss' wife after rescuing her from a suicide attempt. Andrews later tries to contrive evidence to show that Hunter is insane, and so Hunter figures that as long as people are starting to think him crazy, why not kill Andrews and cop an insanity plea. But things don't go exactly according to plan, in this constantly intriguing and hugely entertaining film. In addition to the three great talents listed above, the picture also features the contributions of three other "Trek" alumni--Phillip Pine, Kathie Browne and Steve Ihnat--in addition to Viveca Lindfors as a cagey (?) psychiatrist AND an uncredited Richard "Jaws" Kiel. The picture's direction by William "Cannon" Conrad is at times imaginative, and the B&W photography nicely captured on this great Warner Archives DVD. The film ultimately comes off like a cross between a classic '40s noir mixed in with Sam Fuller's cult item "Shock Corridor," getting wilder and, uh, crazier as it proceeds. I really did love this film, Anne fan that I am, and am so glad that I finally got to see it, thanks to the Warner people. Now I am going to try to find "The Satan Bug" on DVD, a film that I have only seen once, and that very long ago. Anything with Anne from the mid-'50s to late '60s is a must-see for me....

           
          5.0

          "twist and turns"

          By tony the movie man

          from ft.lauderdale,fl.

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          • Engaging Characters
          • Great Story

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            Comments about Brainstorm (1965) (MOD):

            Great plolt with twist and turns to keep you guessing.I enjoyed this film...

             
            4.0

            High Quality DVD

            By Voodooeconomix

            from San Francisco

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            Pros

            • Emotionally Engaging
            • Engaging Characters
            • Great Cinematography
            • Great Story

            Cons

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              Comments about Brainstorm (1965) (MOD):

              Great Quality DVD. Looks almost HD but not quite.

              (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Contrived but aggressively entertaining

              By David J. Hogan

              from Arlington Heights, IL

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              Pros

              • Engaging Characters
              • Entertaining
              • Great Cinematography

              Cons

              • Derivative

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              Comments about Brainstorm (1965) (MOD):

              1965 thriller Brainstorm (incorrectly summarized on the WB comment page as the unrelated 1984 film of the same title) stars Jeffrey Hunter as a rocket scientist who falls for the wife (Anne Francis) of his dangerously powerful employer (Dana Andrews). When the boss discovers the affair and gives his employee the gaslight treatment, the lovers are inspired to attempt the perfect crime: kill Andrews, and get away with it by faking insanity. Forceful, stylish direction by William Conrad, and moody cinematography by Sam Leavitt, elevate a story that borrows too much from Sam Fuller's SHOCK CORRIDOR, and that finally wobbles beneath improbable plot points. But Hunter (billed here as "Jeff" Hunter) looks to be enjoying himself in his most flamboyant role--he's blandly likeable at the outset, and bug-eyed nuts when things begin to go awry. Final surprise is a perverse gem. Gorgeous Anne Francis gives a tender, bruised performance as the unhappy wife, and the great Dana Andrews brings power and venom to the stock villain role. Good support from Viveca Lindfors, and from Stacy Harris, a longtime member of the Jack Webb stock company. Unrestored b&w print is lovely, with a full palette of shimmering grays and deep blacks. Sound is rich and clear. A rare film that's a pleasure to revisit.

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