R | | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
When a man goes for virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real - or is he?
David Cronenberg worked on the film for roughly a year and produced 12 drafts of the script before he was replaced by Paul Verhoeven. None of the drafts represented what Ronald Shusett wanted, which was more along the lines of Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).
Doug? Honey, are you all right?
Lori: You were dreaming. Doug? Was it about Mars?
Lori: Is that better?
Douglas Quaid: Hmm.
Lori: My poor baby. This is getting to be an obsession.
At the start of the film when Quaid and Lori are in bed she has bright red nail polish on. A few minutes later at breakfast her nails are natural.
Play the Total Recall (1990) video game by Acclaim.
In the original film prints, there is a single company credit (Metrolight) for Skeleton Sequence (about a minute before the end of the credits, shortly before ILM); this is because the company was new and didn't know how to negotiate to get individual names listed. When the team was lauded for their CGI work, names were added in for the videotape release (but the credits returned to the original on DVD and Blu-ray). This is mentioned, with visuals of both versions, on the Models and Skeletons special effects documentary on the Blu-ray.
$25,533,700 3 June 1990