Total Recall (1990)

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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 does he?

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  • Paul Verhoeven and Rob Bottin in Total Recall (1990)
  • Total Recall (1990)
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger in Total Recall (1990)
  • Michael Ironside and Debbie Lee Carrington in Total Recall (1990)
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6 November 2011 | davydteather
See you at the party, Richter!
Total Recall is a fast paced sci-fi action movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat all the way from beginning to end. For a movie released in the early 1990's, it has some very spectacular make-up effects, visual effects and special effects. This movie is sort of similar to Paul Verhoeven's other films. It is violent, bloody, it has some sexuality/nudity and some profanity. This movie has dark humour. Paul Verhoeven really knows how to use visual and special effects and dark humour whenever he is shooting a scene in his movies. This is one of Arnold Schwarzenegger's best films, along with Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Predator. Total Recall is also one Verhoeven's best movies to date. This movie is worth a watch.

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Did You Know?


In Die Hard (1988), John McClane arrives at Nakatomi Tower and uses a computerized touchscreen to find his wife; When Quaid first arrives at the Rekall building, he uses a computerized touchscreen directory to find a Mr. McLane.


Lori: 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.


When Quaid passes through the security x-ray checkpoint, an audible recording can be heard advising travelers that they are entering a safety zone and no unauthorized weapons are allowed beyond this point. Later in the movie when Quaid is being pursued by Richter and his goons, he triggers an alert on the x-ray scanner with the gun he hid under his shirt, alerting the security officers. As they move behind the x-ray scanner to try to subdue Quaid, their guns also trigger an alert on the scanner, even though the officers' weapons would obviously be authorized.

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Play the Total Recall (1990) video game by Acclaim.

Alternate Versions

Film was initially given an X-rating by the MPAA. The following are the scenes that were trimmed to receive a R-rating:

  • Benny's death is optically cropped to remove the exiting drill erupting from his stomach.
  • The innocent bystander used as a shield was bloodier before trimming.
  • The stabbing of Helm in the bar had the bowie knife slicing up his stomach. Stills of this were actually featured in Fangoria magazine at the time of the film's release.
  • Several shots of the scientists being killed by Quaid after he breaks free from the implant-machine were shortened.
  • The scene of Richter's arms being severed was shortened.


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Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson


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