Total Recall

Synopsis: Douglas Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a bored construction worker in the year 2084 who dreams of visiting the colonized Mars. He visits "Rekall," a company that plants false memories into people's brains, in order to experience the thrill of Mars without having to travel there. But something goes wrong during the procedure; Quaid discovers that his entire life is actually a false memory and that the people who implanted it in his head now want him dead.
Production: TriStar Pictures
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 14 nominations.
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113 min

He swings his legs out from under the covers and sits on the edge of

the bed. He puts on his glasses and sits, lost in thought.

He is a good-looking but conventional man in his early thirties. He

seems rather in awe of his wife, who is attractive and rather off-hand

towards him. Kirsten pulls on her robe, lights a cigarette, sits

fishing for her slippers.

QUAIL I dreamed about Mars again... it was bizarre, yet is was so


KIRSTEN (casual) It's your time of the month again.

Quail looks at her quizzically.

KIRSTEN (continuing; world-weary air) At least once a month. Douglas

Quail's obsession. For twelve years you've been talking about Mars.

QUAIL People do go to Mars, you know.

KIRSTEN That's right, Douglas. But not you. Not us.

Quail looks crestfallen.

KIRSTEN (continuing; disdainful) As it is, we can barely scrape by on

your lousy ten thousand a week.

She leaves the room. He meditates on what she said, depressed.


Quail and Kirsten sit at a small table, eating breakfast. On the WALL

is projected the front page of a NEWSPAPER.

Drinking his coffee, Quail studies the wall with the air of a man who

had his "node stuck in a newspaper," ignoring his wife.

The newspaper headline reads: "RIOTING ON MARS OVER WATER TAX."

His wife is reading a different article: "Four Women Rape Man in Park."

KIRSTEN (mumbling) What do they expect ... the way men dress these days

... then they scream rape.

Quail is absorbed in his own paper and doesn't hear her.

QUAIL You know -- let's really do it.

KIRSTEN Rape men in the park?

QUAIL No. Go to Mars.

KIRSTEN (withering) Go to hell.

QUAIL We can pool our savings and I've got some sick leave coming,

besides my regular vacation...

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Ronald Shusett

Ronald Shusett is an American motion picture screenwriter and producer, usually in the science fiction genre. He wrote the original story for Alien with Dan O'Bannon. more…

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