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Brainstorm (1965)

Approved | | Drama, Thriller | 5 May 1965 (USA)
Scientist Jim Grayam saves his boss' wife from suicide but falls in-love with her and plots to kill her husband by pretending to be criminally insane.


William Conrad


Mann Rubin (screenplay), Lawrence B. Marcus (story) (as Larry Marcus)

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Cast overview:
Jeffrey Hunter ... Jim Grayam (as Jeff Hunter)
Anne Francis ... Lorrie Benson
Dana Andrews ... Cort Benson
Viveca Lindfors ... Dr. Elizabeth Larstadt
Stacy Harris ... Josh Reynolds
Kathie Browne ... Angie DeWitt (as Kathie Brown)
Phillip Pine ... Dr. Ames
Michael Pate ... Dr. Mills
Robert McQueeney Robert McQueeney ... Sgt. Dawes
Strother Martin ... Mr. Clyde
Joan Swift Joan Swift ... Clara
George Pelling George Pelling ... Butler
Victoria Paige Meyerink ... Julie Benson (as Victoria Meyerink)
Stephen Roberts Stephen Roberts ... Judge
Pat Cardi ... Bobby


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Good B film
11 August 2005 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

By the time "Brainstorm" was made, both Jeffrey Hunter and Dana Andrews had descended into B films. "Brainstorm" was one of them, costarring '50s starlet Anne Francis. Directed by William Conrad, it's actually a good movie about an engineer who falls in love with the unhappy wife of a wealthy man (Andrews) and concocts a scheme to kill him and get away with it by faking insanity.

Hunter is very good in this dramatic role - he was a far better actor than some of his contemporaries but due to his personal demons, he never fulfilled his early promise. It's a shame because he played this kind of angry, edgy role very well, belying his staggering good looks. He gets good support from Andrews, Francis, and Viveca Lindfors, who plays a psychiatrist.

There is one scene that may be unintentionally funny - when Hunter is in the asylum, one of the inmates starts singing the beginning of a song over and over again. Hunter finally screams, "Either finish that song or SHUT UP!" Brainstorm is worth a watch, especially to see Hunter do a role deserving of his abilities, and one he no longer had an opportunity to play in A films.

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