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In Paul Verhoeven's wild sci-fi action movie Total Recall, Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a 21st-century construction worker who discovers that his entire memory of the past derives from a memory chip implanted in his brain. Schwarzenegger learns that he's actually a secret agent who had become a threat to the government, so those in power planted the chip and invented a domestic lifestyle for him. Once he has realized his true identity, he travels to Mars to piece together the rest of his identity, as well as to find the man responsible for his implanted memory. Verhoeven has created a fast, furious action film with Total Recall, filled with impressive stunts and (literally) eye-popping visuals. Though the film bears only a passing resemblance to the Philip K. Dick short story it was based on ("We Can Remember It For You Wholesale"), the movie is an entertaining, if very violent, ride. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

  • Release date:June 1, 1990


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nelson Stoll Best Sound 1990 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Rob Bottin Special Achievement 1990 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Aaron Rochin Best Sound 1990 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Stephen Flick Best Sound Effects 1990 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Carlos DeLarios Best Sound 1990 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alex Funke Special Achievement 1990 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Eric Brevig Special Achievement 1990 Winner


Arnold Schwarzenegger
as Doug Quaid
Rachel Ticotin
as Melina
Sharon Stone
as Lori Quaid
Ronny Cox
as Vilas Cohaagen
Michael Ironside
as Richter
Marshall Bell
as George/Kuato
Michael Champion
as Helm
Roy Brocksmith
as Dr. Edgemar
Rosemary Dunsmore
as Dr. Lull
David Knell
as Ernie
Paula McClure
as Newscaster
Dean Norris
as Tony
Dave Nicolson
as Scientist
Parker Whitman
as Martian Husband
Morgan Lofting
Robert Picardo
as Johnnycab
Bob Tzudiker
as Doctor
Ken Gilden
as Hotel Clerk
Mark Carlton
as Bartender
Lycia Naff
as Mary
Kamala Lopez
Frank Kopyc
as Technician
Erik Cord
as Lab Assistant
Debbie Lee Carrington
as Thumbelina
Rebecca Ruth
as Reporter
Erika Carlson
as Miss Lonelyhearts
Anne Lockhart
Ray Baker
as McClane
Milt Tarver
as Commercial Announcer
Monica Steuer
as Mutant Mother
Alexia Robinson
as Tiffany
Michael Gregory
as Rebel Lieutenant
Marc Alaimo
as Everett
Michael LaGuardia
as Stevens
Roger Cudney
as Agent
Sasha Rionda
as Mutant Child
Gloria Dorson
as Woman in Phone Booth
Mickey Jones
as Burly Miner
Ellen Gollas
as Martian Wife
Ken Strausbaugh
as Immigration Officer
Joe Unger
Robert Costanzo
as Harry
Benny Corral
as Punk Cabbie


Paul Verhoeven
Buzz Feitshans
Ronald Shusett
Ronald Shusett
Screen Story
Ronald Shusett
Dan O'Bannon
Screen Story
Dan O'Bannon
Jon Povill
Screen Story
Gary Goldman
Jost Vacano
Nelson Stoll
Musical Direction/Supervision
Jerry Goldsmith
Composer (Music Score)
William Sandell
Production Designer
James Tocci
Art Director
Robert Fentress
Associate Producer
Elliot Schick
Associate Producer
Andrew G. Vajna
Executive Producer
Mario Kassar
Executive Producer
Carlos Echeverria
Set Designer
Marco Trentini
Set Designer
Miguel Chang
Set Designer
Robert Gould
Set Decorator
Erica Phillips
Costume Designer
Eric Brevig
Special Effects
Jeff Burks
Joel Kramer
Vic Armstrong
Judy Taylor
Mike Fenton
Valorie Massalas
Jeff Dawn
Robin Weiss
Rob Bottin
Makeup Special Effects
Warren Hamilton
Sound Editor
Alex Funke
Visual Effects
Philip K. Dick
Short Story Author
Craig Berkeley