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The Terminal Man (1974)




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In this sci-fi thriller, based on a novel by Michael Crichton, a scientist decides to be the lab rat in an experimental surgery to control his violent tendencies. During the surgical procedure, a miniature computer is implanted in his head. Unfortunately, the mechanism malfunctions, and he becomes a vicious killer.

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George Segal
as Harry Benson
Joan Hackett
as Dr. Janet Ross
Richard Dysart
as Dr. John Ellis
Michael C. Gwynne
as Dr. Robert Morris
Jill Clayburgh
as Angela Black
Donald Moffat
as Dr. Arthur McPherson
Matt Clark
as Gerhard
Michael Gwynn
as Dr. Robert Morris
Norman Burton
as Detective Capt. Anders
William Hansen
as Dr. Ezra Manon
James B. Sikking
as Ralph Friedman
Ian Wolfe
as The Priest
Gene Borkan
as Benson's Guard
Burke Byrnes
as Benson's Guard
Jim Antonio
as Richards
Jordan Rhodes
as Questioner
Dee Carroll
as Night Nurse
Jason Wingreen
as Instructor
Steve Kanaly
as Edmonds
Fred Sadoff
as Police Doctor
Robert Ito
as Anesthetist
Victor Argo
as Orderly
Lee de Broux
as Reporter
Jack Colvin
as Coroner
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Critic Reviews for The Terminal Man

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (3)

Hodges takes a cool, detached approach, designing most scenes in monochrome with disturbing flesh-colours, and manages to make Segal's semi-android a strangely sympathetic monster.

November 5, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A thoughtful and unusually pessimistic sci-fi pic.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

While this movie seems unsalvageable, it might have had some punch if we'd been told more about the Segal character's past, before his operation.

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

The malady here is icy unconcern, and it has spread, unchecked, throughout the picture, so that most life signs have been stilled.

December 13, 2019 | Full Review…

...a massive misfire...

July 6, 2019 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

The Terminal Man is one of those quiet, slow-moving masterpieces of early 1970s science fiction... and then you get to a totally horrific, violent scene.

September 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Terminal Man


The central idea here is that, as advances in computer sciences continue the possibility of a human cyborg, a six million dollar man if you will, becomes real and that that might not be a good thing. In this particular consideration, a computer chip acting as a mood enhancer fouls up. The director spends way too long in rooms with doctors mulling over hypothesis after hypothesis, too much time at surgery. Get to the point already! I fell asleep waiting for that to happen. It's a slow mover.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Based on a novel by Michael Crichton. If "The Terminal Man" has one fault, it is the general slowness of the plot. Even though the audience is paid in full for their patience, 2-3 minutes could have been edited out. That may not sound like much, but in a generally precise film such as this one, any more would be disastrous. The high point of this film is the style of talented director Mike Hodges. There is a scene about 2/3rds through the picture where a blood drips off the edge of a bed and flows across the floor through cracks in the tile. Those shots, and the murder proceeding it, are masterfully filmed. Early on in the film, he sustains the plot build-up with a series of innovative sequences that look great even thirty years later. George Segal gives a really superb performance as a man who is basically made into a guinea big. He does an excellent job, and still retains the charm that served him well, even when the films surrounding him were less than perfect.

Cassandra Maples
Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

Not as good as the book, but does have a few moments here and there.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

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