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 does he?
Writer Dan O'Bannon had a falling out with director Paul Verhoeven when Verhoeven replaced the satirical humor with extreme violence. In the original screenplay, dark humor was much more prevalent, but when Arnold Schwarzenegger came aboard, Verhoeven recognized the necessity to tailor the script to Schwarzenegger's talents.
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.
During the escalator shootout, Quaid uses a bystander's body as a bullet shield and the body is shot to pieces; Quaid then throws the very bloody body onto Richter and his henchmen to slow them down. Moments later, as Richter and his henchmen chase Quaid into the train station, it is obvious that they haven't a drop of blood on them, despite the fact that the bloody corpse landed right on top of them.
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Film was initially given an X-rating by the MPAA. The following are the scenes that were trimmed to receive a R-rating:
$25,533,700 3 June 1990