Brainstorm (1965)

114 mins | Drama | 1965

Director:

William Conrad

Writer:

Mann Rubin

Producer:

William Conrad

Cinematographer:

Sam Leavitt

Editor:

William Ziegler

Production Designer:

Robert Smith

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

Copyright length: 105 min. Location scenes filmed in the San Fernando Valley and at Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, ... More Less

Copyright length: 105 min. Location scenes filmed in the San Fernando Valley and at Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, California. More Less

DETAILS
Premiere Information:
Denver, Colorado, opening: 5 May 1965
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
8 May 1965
Copyright Number:
LP31749
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Widescreen/ratio
Panavision
Duration(in mins):
114
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Jim Grayam, a research analyst in California, rescues his boss's wife, Lorrie Benson, from a car stalled on a railroad track. He discovers that the accident was really a suicide attempt made because Cort Benson is so cruel to her. Lorrie, afraid to leave her husband out of concern for their child, starts an affair with Jim. Cort discovers the affair and also learns that Jim was once treated for mental illness. Cort attempts to avenge himself on Jim by framing him on charges made by Angie DeWitt, but police Sergeant Dawes spoils this attempt. Cort next takes advantage of Jim's mental history to convince others that Jim is going mad. Jim and Lorrie grow closer and evolve a plan whereby Jim will study the symptoms of mental illness and then pretend to be insane, finally murdering Cort. He will be able to plead not guilty at his trial by reason of insanity and after acquittal will be reunited with Lorrie. The plan works up to a point; Dr. Larstadt agrees that Jim is insane, but after the trial she refuses to release him from institutional care. Jim cannot adjust to the asylum, and when he finds out that Lorrie has another boyfriend, he goes completely ... +


Jim Grayam, a research analyst in California, rescues his boss's wife, Lorrie Benson, from a car stalled on a railroad track. He discovers that the accident was really a suicide attempt made because Cort Benson is so cruel to her. Lorrie, afraid to leave her husband out of concern for their child, starts an affair with Jim. Cort discovers the affair and also learns that Jim was once treated for mental illness. Cort attempts to avenge himself on Jim by framing him on charges made by Angie DeWitt, but police Sergeant Dawes spoils this attempt. Cort next takes advantage of Jim's mental history to convince others that Jim is going mad. Jim and Lorrie grow closer and evolve a plan whereby Jim will study the symptoms of mental illness and then pretend to be insane, finally murdering Cort. He will be able to plead not guilty at his trial by reason of insanity and after acquittal will be reunited with Lorrie. The plan works up to a point; Dr. Larstadt agrees that Jim is insane, but after the trial she refuses to release him from institutional care. Jim cannot adjust to the asylum, and when he finds out that Lorrie has another boyfriend, he goes completely insane. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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