Full page view
HISTORY

According to production notes in AMPAS library files, producer Ronald Shusett was intrigued by the futuristic premise of the story after reading author Robert Sheckley’s 1955 book Immortality, Inc. Director Geoff Murphy reportedly worked with singer-actor Mick Jagger to transform the “Victor Vacendak” character from an aloof personality who spoke constantly in jargon to one with a more heightened sense of humor.
       A 25 Apr 1991 HR production chart announced that principal photography began 28 Jan 1991 in Atlanta, GA, and New York City. A 25 Mar 1991 HR news item stated that the picture had a ten-week shooting schedule. The release of the $30 million movie was switched from Nov 1991 to Jan 1992 due to delays in special effects provided by Dream Quest Images, according to a brief in the 13 Aug 1991 DV.
       Production notes state that locations in GA included Road Atlanta, a combination driving school and racetrack for professional and amateur sports; the MARTA subway; a turn-of-the-century cotton mill that was converted into a futuristic nightclub known as The Industrial Revolution; and the Fox Theater. When the company relocated to the East Coast, Brooklyn, NY, locations included Empire Fulton Ferry State Park, the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, and the Williamsburg Bridge. In Manhattan, filming took place at Battery Park, and on various streets. Additional locations included a wharf in Astoria, Queens, NY, “and a church in Hoboken, NJ.” According to 2 Jun 1991 LAT article, traffic was stopped for five minutes on the Williamsburg Bridge as the crew threw a dummy into the East River to capture “Alex Furlong’s” ... More Less

According to production notes in AMPAS library files, producer Ronald Shusett was intrigued by the futuristic premise of the story after reading author Robert Sheckley’s 1955 book Immortality, Inc. Director Geoff Murphy reportedly worked with singer-actor Mick Jagger to transform the “Victor Vacendak” character from an aloof personality who spoke constantly in jargon to one with a more heightened sense of humor.
       A 25 Apr 1991 HR production chart announced that principal photography began 28 Jan 1991 in Atlanta, GA, and New York City. A 25 Mar 1991 HR news item stated that the picture had a ten-week shooting schedule. The release of the $30 million movie was switched from Nov 1991 to Jan 1992 due to delays in special effects provided by Dream Quest Images, according to a brief in the 13 Aug 1991 DV.
       Production notes state that locations in GA included Road Atlanta, a combination driving school and racetrack for professional and amateur sports; the MARTA subway; a turn-of-the-century cotton mill that was converted into a futuristic nightclub known as The Industrial Revolution; and the Fox Theater. When the company relocated to the East Coast, Brooklyn, NY, locations included Empire Fulton Ferry State Park, the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, and the Williamsburg Bridge. In Manhattan, filming took place at Battery Park, and on various streets. Additional locations included a wharf in Astoria, Queens, NY, “and a church in Hoboken, NJ.” According to 2 Jun 1991 LAT article, traffic was stopped for five minutes on the Williamsburg Bridge as the crew threw a dummy into the East River to capture “Alex Furlong’s” daring escape from Vacendak.
       Although not credited onscreen, the 28 Feb 1991 DV reported that Emilio Estevez's father, actor Martin Sheen, had a "walk-on" role in a crowd scene.
       A 15 Jan 1992 DV item announced the film's premiere the following night at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA.
       End credits state: “Poster of Albert Einstein courtesy of Pomegranate Publications, Petaluma, California.” The following acknowledgments appear in end credits: “The Producers would like to thank: “Road Atlanta – Jack Roth, Gregg Bloodworth; the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office, Georgia Film and Videotape Office – Norman Bielowicz, director; New York City Mayor’s Office For Film, Theatre and Broadcasting; New York City Police Department – Special Operations Division; New York City Bureau Of Bridges; Nikon Electronic Imaging of Nikon Inc.; Chemical Bank; Credit Lyonnais Bank Nederland; Signet Bank.”
More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
28 Feb 1991.
---
Daily Variety
13 Aug 1991.
---
Daily Variety
15 Jan 1992.
---
Hollywood Reporter
25 Mar 1991.
---
Hollywood Reporter
25 Apr 1991.
---
Los Angeles Times
2 Jun 1991
Calendar, p. 3, 94.
Los Angeles Times
20 Jan 1992
p. 4.
New York Times
18 Jan 1992
p. 17.
Variety
27 Jan 1992
p. 50.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
James G. Robinson Presents
A Morgan Creek Picture
A James G. Robinson/Ronald Shusett Production
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d asst dir
2d unit dir
2d unit 1st asst dir
2d unit 2d asst dir
1st asst dir, New York crew
2d asst dir, New York crew
DGA trainee, New York crew
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Addl photog
Cam op
Cam op
Cam op
Cam op
1st asst cam
1st asst cam
1st asst cam
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
2d asst cam
2d asst cam
2d asst cam
Cam trainee
Video op
Key grip
Key grip
Dolly grip
Best boy
Rigging key grip
Rigging grip
Rigging grip
Chief lighting tech
Best boy
Elec
Rigging gaffer
Rigging elec
Still photog
Spec stills
Key grip, New York unit
Still photog, New York crew
Cam equip by
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Art dept coord
Conceptual artist
FILM EDITORS
Ed consultant
Post prod supv
Addl ed
Addl ed
1st asst ed
1st asst ed
1st asst ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Ed asst
Ed asst
Negative cutting
SET DECORATORS
Leadman
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Buyer/Set dresser
Drapery seamstress
Prop master
Prop master
Asst prop master
Asst prop master
Asst prop master
Asst prop master
Futuristic prop builder
Draftsman
Draftsman
Const coord
Const foreman
Const foreman
Const foreman
Const foreman
Const foreman
Const foreman
Const foreman
Lead painter
Painter
Set dec, New York crew
Set dresser, New York crew
Prop master, New York crew
COSTUMES
Cost des
Cost des
Ward supv
Costumer
Costumer
Costumer
Cost shop supv
Cost armourer
Ward asst
MUSIC
Mus ed
Asst mus ed
Mus supv
Orchs
Cond
Mus scoring eng
Synthesizer programmer
Synthesizers
Synthesizers
Synthesizers
Synthesizers rec by
Solo Evi
Solo saxophone
Mus contractor
SOUND
Boom op
Boom op
Sd utility
Addl mixer
Supv sd ed
Supv sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Processed eff by
Processed eff by
ADR co-supv
ADR co-supv
ADR ed
Asst ADR ed
Asst ADR ed
ADR mixer
ADR voices
Foley artist
Foley artist
Foley mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Sd mixer, New York crew
VISUAL EFFECTS
Visual eff supv
Spec eff supv
Spec eff foreman
Spec eff foreman
Spec eff foreman
Spec eff asst
Spec eff asst
Spec eff asst
Spec eff asst
Spec eff asst
Spec eff asst
Spec eff asst
Spec eff asst
Visual eff coord
Computer anim and displays by
Spec eff coord, New York crew
Spec visual eff, New York crew
Visual eff prod
Visual eff exec prod
Computer graphics des
Conceptual des
Opt supv
Opt photog
Opt photog
Opt photog
Opt line-up
Opt line-up
Matte artist
Matte artist
Matte artist
Matte photog
Matte photog
Rotoscope supv
Anim photog
Eff photog
Eff photog
Real time motion control tech
Vistavision cam asst
Bluescreen tech
Bluescreen tech
Model shop supv
Visual eff ed
Visual eff ed
Asst visual eff ed
Prod mgr
Prod coord
Mind meld seq
Mind meld seq
Mind meld coord
Main title des
Addl titles and opticals by
Addl titles and opticals by
Addl titles and opticals by
Addl titles and opticals by
MAKEUP
Head makeup artist
Makeup artist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Prod exec
Scr supv
Prod coord
Loc mgr
Asst loc mgr
Asst loc mgr
Loc asst
Asst to Mr. Robinson
Asst to Mr. Nicksay
Asst to Mr. Barber
Morgan Creek admin
Asst to Mr. Murphy
Asst to Mr. Oken
Asst to Mr. Estevez
Physical trainer - Los Angeles
Physical trainer - Atlanta
Asst to Mr. Jagger
Asst to Mr. Jagger
Asst to Mr. Jagger
Dial coach for Mr. Jagger
Prod secy
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Spec pub consultant
Unit pub
Prod controller
Prod controller
Prod accountant
Prod accountant
Asst accountant
Asst accountant
Post prod accountant
Addl casting
Addl casting
Casting assoc
Extras casting
Race car coord
Formula Atlantic driver
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Transportation capt
Transportation capt
Picture car coord
Picture car mechanic
Picture car mechanic
Picture car prep
Picture car prep
Set gang boss
Spec equip driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Chauffeur to Mr. Robinson
First aid
First aid
Craft service
Craft service
Catering by
Travel
Travel, Travelcorps
Asst accountant, New York crew
Prod assoc, New York crew
Teamster capt, New York crew
Teamster co-capt, New York crew
Loc mgr, New York crew
Loc coord, New York crew
Craft service, New York crew
Extras casting, New York crew
Grip and elec equip by, New York crew
Aviation services, New York crew
Completion guaranty provided by
[Film stock provided by]
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt coord
ANIMATION
Computer anim and displays by
Computer graphics des
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
Col timer
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Immortality, Inc. by Robert Sheckley (publication date undetermined).
SONGS
“Hit Between The Eyes,” written by K. Meine, R. Schenker, H. Rarebell, and J. Vallence, performed by Scorpions, courtesy of Mercury/Polygram Records, Inc.
“International Bright Young Thing,” written by M. Edwards, performed by Jesus Jones, courtesy of Food Records/SBK Records
“Break The Spell,” written by A. Johannes and N. Shneider, performed by Eleven, courtesy of Morgan Creek Records
+
SONGS
“Hit Between The Eyes,” written by K. Meine, R. Schenker, H. Rarebell, and J. Vallence, performed by Scorpions, courtesy of Mercury/Polygram Records, Inc.
“International Bright Young Thing,” written by M. Edwards, performed by Jesus Jones, courtesy of Food Records/SBK Records
“Break The Spell,” written by A. Johannes and N. Shneider, performed by Eleven, courtesy of Morgan Creek Records
“Thieves,” written by A. Jourgensen, P. Barker, C. Connelly, and K. Ogilvie, performed by Ministry, courtesy of Warmer Special Products
“Emotional Earthquake,” written by N. Kenny, S. Kenny, A. Shaw, P. Densley and C. Francis, performed by 2 Die 4, courtesy of Morgan Creek Records
“Sugar Ray,” written by Reid/Reid, performed by Jesus & Mary Chain, courtesy of Warner Special Products
“Down In Flames,” written by B. Payne, M. Kibbee, C. Fuller, P. Barrere and N. Park, performed by Little Feat, courtesy of Morgan Creek Records
“Mona Lisa Smiles,” written by Jane Child, performed by Jane Child, courtesy of Warner Special Products
“Hindu Rap,” written by Jane Child, performed by Jane Child, courtesy of Warner Special Products.
+
PERFORMERS
+
COMPOSERS
+
DETAILS
Release Date:
17 January 1992
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles premiere: 16 January 1992
Los Angeles and New York openings: 17 January 1992
Production Date:
began 28 January 1991
Copyright Claimant:
Morgan Creek Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
12 May 1992
Copyright Number:
PA568256
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Duration(in mins):
109
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
31567
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In 1991, driver Alex Furlong competes in a Formula One Grand Prix race and has a fatal accident. Victor Vacendak, a bounty hunter from 2009, goes back in time to steal Alex’s body for use in another person’s mind transplant. Returning to 2009, a medical team revives Alex aboard a mobile medical unit, and his memory is still intact. They attempt to perform a lobotomy, but fail due to an outside guerilla attack. Vacendak observes Alex escape through a hole in the truck, and orders his soldiers to bring him back alive. Alex returns to his girl friend Julie Redlund’s apartment, only to discover new tenants have lived there for years. Referring to Alex as a “freejack,” the residents do not explain what the term means, but tell him they cannot help him. While on the run, Alex notices a neon sign that indicates the date is November 23, 2009. Elsewhere, the client waiting to inhabit Alex’s body has been told of the escape. With only thirty-six hours left to complete the transfer, the client refuses to consider an alternate body for his resurrection. Vacendak’s boss, Mark Michelette, attempts to fire him, but the bounty hunter insists he will capture Alex and complete the assignment. Alex takes refuge in a church, and is discovered by an unsympathetic nun with a rifle. At his office, Vacendak inputs Alex’s identity into a central data bank to ensure an easier capture. Meanwhile, the nun explains how wealthy citizens store their minds in a computer known as “the spiritual switchboard” until they undergo body reassignment. She is unable to locate Julie in a current directory, but finds that Alex’s racing ... +


In 1991, driver Alex Furlong competes in a Formula One Grand Prix race and has a fatal accident. Victor Vacendak, a bounty hunter from 2009, goes back in time to steal Alex’s body for use in another person’s mind transplant. Returning to 2009, a medical team revives Alex aboard a mobile medical unit, and his memory is still intact. They attempt to perform a lobotomy, but fail due to an outside guerilla attack. Vacendak observes Alex escape through a hole in the truck, and orders his soldiers to bring him back alive. Alex returns to his girl friend Julie Redlund’s apartment, only to discover new tenants have lived there for years. Referring to Alex as a “freejack,” the residents do not explain what the term means, but tell him they cannot help him. While on the run, Alex notices a neon sign that indicates the date is November 23, 2009. Elsewhere, the client waiting to inhabit Alex’s body has been told of the escape. With only thirty-six hours left to complete the transfer, the client refuses to consider an alternate body for his resurrection. Vacendak’s boss, Mark Michelette, attempts to fire him, but the bounty hunter insists he will capture Alex and complete the assignment. Alex takes refuge in a church, and is discovered by an unsympathetic nun with a rifle. At his office, Vacendak inputs Alex’s identity into a central data bank to ensure an easier capture. Meanwhile, the nun explains how wealthy citizens store their minds in a computer known as “the spiritual switchboard” until they undergo body reassignment. She is unable to locate Julie in a current directory, but finds that Alex’s racing promoter, Brad Carr, lives in Sector 7, formerly known as Park Slope. As Alex leaves, the nun gives him a pistol for protection. Alex reunites with Brad, who reveals that wealthy patrons seek out bodies from the past like Alex’s because they have not been contaminated by pollutants. He also says that Julie works as an executive vice president at a powerful company known as the McCandless Corporation. She is a dealmaker for “Mac” McCandless, who sends her around the world on business. Brad dresses Alex in the local fashion, places a telephone call, and claims that Julie’s office promises to send a limousine even though Brad has informed police of Alex’s whereabouts to collect a reward. Violence ensues as police shoot Brad in the chest, and Alex escapes through an alley. Stealing a futuristic police motorcycle, Alex drives into the city to Julie’s apartment, but she does not believe he still exists and activates a burglar alarm, forcing him to run for his life. Meanwhile, Vacendak and his squad descend on Julie’s apartment. As Alex steals a food truck, Vacendak and support units pursue him onto a bridge. Alex jumps into the river below just as his truck plows into a parked maintenance vehicle and explodes. At her apartment, Julie revisits her mementos of Alex, and something Vacendak said makes her realize that she was wrong to mistrust Alex. She and a colleague, Boone, scour a homeless encampment near the river, and find Alex. He is skeptical that she has come to help until she explains that Vacendak set a trap by leaving her apartment door open. She promises to help Alex, and they embrace. Soon, electronic billboards all over the city advertise a $10 million reward for Alex’s capture. Julie visits Morgan, a freedom fighter who rescues freejacks, but he advises that Alex’s fugitive status is too dangerous to handle, and she should consult her powerful boss, McCandless. Although the McCandless Corporation manages the spiritual switchboard, privacy laws protect the members. McCandless claims that he can do nothing through legal channels, but suggests that Julie contact him in a few hours. In a quiet moment, Alex and Julie make love. Later, McCandless arranges for Alex to escape by boat. On the way to the waterfront, Alex wants to resume his relationship with Julie, but she claims she cannot go back in time after eighteen years. They say their goodbyes, and Julie’s associate, Boone, escorts Alex to the boat. However, Vacendak blows up the vessel, and chases Boone and Alex. Soon, Vacendak discovers that his boss, Michelette, has sent additional troops to capture Alex, and they also have orders to kill him and his men. Boone and Alex become separated, and Boone is shot. After numerous close calls, Alex comes face-to-face with Vacendak and demands to know the name of the client who wants his body, and learns it is Mac McCandless. Vacendak’s soldiers surround Alex, but he is given a five-minute head start to escape. Julie rescues Alex in an armored tank, and Mark Michelette invites them to the McCandless headquarters to meet Mac. After watching a film clip of Alex’s racing accident, they discover Mac’s body resting in a glass coffin. Michelette reveals that Mac succumbed to a virus three days earlier, and his mind will disintegrate in an hour. Michelette plans to take over the company, and fires Julie, giving Alex and Julie permission to leave. He orders troops to kill them, but Vacendak and his men decimate Michelette’s soldiers. An elevator forces Alex and Julie to ride to the roof until they reach the spiritual switchboard. They pass through a series of corridors and landscapes until Mac greets them and explains they are actually talking to his mind. He confesses that he never meant to harm anyone, but over the years he fell in love with Julie and longed for the day when his affection would be reciprocated. If he could slip inside Alex’s body then everything would fall into place, but now he sees the folly of his ways. As they watch, he contacts Vacendak and pretends to end his contract to capture Alex, assuring him that he will be paid in full. However, Vacendak appears with his men and Alex is forced to undergo the transfer. In the middle of the process, Michelette arrives, and Julie grabs a gun from a guard, damaging the spiritual switchboard computer. Michelette announces that he is now in charge of McCandless Corporation, but Alex claims that the transfer was completed and he is now Mac. Having doubts, Michelette insists that Alex reveal Mac’s personal identification number. When Vacendak verifies that the number sequence is correct, Michelette draws his gun, but he is killed by the bounty hunter, and his men. Alex, as Mac, calls for his antique car and drives Julie to a train station, where Vacendak is waiting. When Vacendak leans over and tells Alex that Mac did not know how to drive, Julie protests that her lover knew the correct identification number. Vacendak gives a sly grin, revealing that he went along with the ruse even though the identification number Alex gave was not even close. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

TOP SEARCHES

CASABLANCA

During World War II, Casablanca, Morocco is a waiting point for throngs of desperate refugees fleeing Nazi-occupied Europe. Exit visas, which are necessary to leave the country, are at ... >>

CITIZEN KANE

Seventy-year-old newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane dies in his palatial Florida home, Xanadu, after uttering the single word “Rosebud.” While watching a newsreel summarizing the years during which Kane ... >>

REAR WINDOW

Laid up with a broken leg during the height of summer, renowned New York magazine photographer L. B. “Jeff” Jeffries enters his last week of home confinement, bored and ... >>

RAGING BULL

In 1941, at a boxing match in Cleveland, Ohio, pandemonium breaks out when Jake La Motta, an up-and-coming young boxer, loses a decision to Jimmy Reeves, suffering his first ... >>

CITY LIGHTS

At an outdoor dedication ceremony, a tramp is discovered sleeping in the arms of a statue as it is being unveiled before a crowd. He is chased into ... >>

The American Film Institute is grateful to Sir Paul Getty KBE and the Sir Paul Getty KBE Estate for their dedication to the art of the moving image and their support for the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and without whose support AFI would not have been able to achieve this historical landmark in this epic scholarly endeavor.