Total Recall script
Total Recall (1990)
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.

KIRSTEN (interrupting; corrects herself) ...more of a half-wit. For a

start a war could break out there any day ...

She gestures toward the TV screen where Martian police are keeping

protesters behind a barrier. Some have signs reading "A FREE MARS",


QUAIL That's just media talk. They're... (indicating the protesters)

...just a minority. They're powerless.

KIRSTEN Well, there's a lot of things we need around here before we

waste our money on a trip to Mars. We're broke. I'm just a slave

around this dump. Now if you were capable of finding a better job....

The kitchen clock chimes and talks.

CLOCK It's now eight. You'll be late!

QUAIL I'll be late!

He jumps up quickly from the table, picks up his coat and briefcase,

kisses KIRSTEN's perfunctorily offered cheek and leaves.


CAMERA TRACKS with Quail as he walks along the busy modern street

towards a subway station. Modern cars (out of focus) pass noiselessly

between the camera and Quail. There is a plaintive tune being played

on violin. Quail pauses and gives a wad of notes to the aged

violinist, then walks on briskly.


Quail enters the station. Everybody must pass through a weapons check

before proceeding to the platforms.

TWO ARMED GUARDS stand at either side, as commuters pass through an

electronic beam. On a screen, the entire body of each person is seen in

X-ray. All of them are clearly carrying a gun in their inside coat


GUARD No weapon again, Mr. Quail?

QUAIL I keep forgetting, Herb. They frighten me.

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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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