Electric Dreams (1984)



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Dweebish architect Miles Harding (Lenny Von Dohlen) is hopelessly in love with neighboring musician Madeline (Virginia Madsen). He soon learns that Madeline already has an ardent suitor: Harding's own computer (voiced by Harold and Maude star Bud Cort)! When the electronic device, nicknamed Edgar, begins composing love songs dedicated to Madeline, Harding passes the tunes off as his own. At this point, the envious Edgar really goes to town, taking over all the electrical appliances in Harding's … More

Rating: PG (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Rusty Lemorande
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Critic Reviews for Electric Dreams

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5)

This is a lighthearted romantic comedy that has its moments, both humorous and thought-provoking.

Full Review… | April 1, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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Photographically busy, though to no meaningful purpose, mildly amusing at best, the piece finally expires with what could be, but probably isn't, a parody of a feel-good ending.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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It's not often that a modern movie has the courage to give us a hero who doesn't seem to be a cross between a disco god and an aerobics instructor, but the von Dohlen character is a nice change.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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In the failure of Electric Dreams to blend and balance its ingredients properly, plot elements are lost (the brick), credibility is overtaxed (the lovelorn computer), and what remains is high tech without being high art.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
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There are all kinds of disassociated, disturbing ideas floating around in the screenplay, none of which survive the filmmakers' decision to play everything for cloying cuteness.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Elevated by Giorgio Moroder's score and Bud Cort's vocal performance as an A.I.

Full Review… | July 25, 2015
Antagony & Ecstasy

Audience Reviews for Electric Dreams

Very dated and very silly. Someone may make a good remake one day though. Mainly it survives for nostalgia.


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A peculiar film, the concept sounds silly: a guy likes a girl but his romantic rival is a computer, but truth be told, i found myself feeling sorry for the computer, especially at the end, thats due large in part to bud corts voice as the computer, unfortunately the film doesnt go deep into exploring the concept of a computer feeling emotion, instead just settling for cheap laughs the majority of the time, virginia madsem is very lovely here, one of her first roles ever, the film also has good use of music, especially its combining of the song lovers concerto with classical music, and i love the end credits song, giorgio moroder at his best

A little seen gem from 1984. Good early performance by a young Virginia Madsen . dated but still entertainig film.


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