The Final Programme

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Released 1973

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The Final Programme

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Director:
Robert Fuest
Released:
1973
Rating:
R

In the near future, after the world has been devastated by some sort of (unspecified) nuclear catastrophe and the nature of western society has been elaborately changed, scientist Jerry Cornelius travels to Lapland for the funeral of his estranged father. After the funeral, he is approached by three scientists about some missing computer-tape which had been in his father's possession, and which will be needed for the mysterious "final programming" of the world's most sophisticated computer. Does this have something to do with the predictions of the Hindu mystic Jerry has recently met, concerning the birth of a Messiah for a supposed new age of human enlightenment?

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    • TRIVIA (3)

      • Sterling Hayden once told a British interviewer that Robert Fuest was the best director he had ever worked with. As this minor and unpopular film was the only occasion on which they worked together, and as Hayden's role in it was extremely brief, he may not have been entirely serious, especially as the same interview touched on his work with John Huston, Nicholas Ray, Stanley Kubrick, Francis Ford Coppola and Bernardo Bertolucci.

      • The saxophone solos on the soundtrack of this film were performed by jazz great Gerry Mulligan.

      • It took some time for this film to reach the United States, and, when it did, it was cut to 78 minutes and retitled The Last Days Of Man On Earth. It was a box-office failure.

    • QUOTES (2)

    • NOTES (1)

      • Michael Moorcock hated this film version of his well-known science-fiction novel. He claimed that he had been called in to rewrite the script because Robert Fuest's version had been incomprehensible, but that, during the shooting of the film, Fuest had thrown out his script and gone back to his own without telling anyone. "None of the actors knew what they were supposed to be doing," he claimed, adding, "By the end, I was openly contemptuous of him."

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • The character of General "Wrong Way" Lindbergh is named in clear reference to two famous American aviators - Charles Lindbergh, who flew solo from New York to Paris in 1927, and Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan, who in 1938 flew (mostly in heavy fog) from New York to Ireland, having intended to fly instead to California.

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    Categories

    Science Fiction

    Themes

    Futuristic, Thrillers, Cult