Paper Man (1971)

TV Movie   |  Not Rated   |    |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

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A prank that starts with a group of college students creating a fictitious person so they can get a credit card develops into a plot that takes a murderous turn.



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7 July 2019 | azathothpwiggins
| "Will The Real Henry Norman, Please Stand Up?!"...
When a group of college students mistakenly come into the possession of a credit card, the titular PAPER MAN is born. His name is "Henry Norman" and the group conspires to give him a fictitious "life" of his own. When the bank gets wise, another student named Avery (Dean Stockwell- THE DUNWICH HORROR) reluctantly joins in. Avery is a computer genius, and uses his skills to complete the ruse. Not too shockingly, things begin to get a bit more complicated than originally anticipated, even taking a turn for the sinister and deadly. Has "Mr. Norman" somehow become real? PM is a very good made-for-TV, science fiction / horror / mystery movie from the golden age of such projects. There are some genuinely creepy moments here! The story is solid, and the characters are well-realized, sort of prefiguring the students in FLATLINERS in both arrogance and naivete. The ending is astutely chilling, considering how computers have actually developed in the decades since! Co-stars Stefanie Powers (DIE! DIE! MY DARLING!, SWEET, SWEET RACHEL, THE ASTRAL FACTOR) as Karen, and James Olson (THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN) as Art Fletcher. EXTRA POINTS FOR: Spotting the printout portrait of Alfred E. Neuman in the computer room! This film deserves to be rediscovered...

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12 November 1971



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