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.

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Crichton, Mike Hodges
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 31, 1994
Warner Home Video


as Harry Benson

as Dr. Janet Ross

as Dr. John Ellis

as Dr. Robert Morris

as Angela Black

as Dr. Arthur McPherson

as Gerhard

as Detective Capt. Ande...

as Dr. Robert Morris

as Dr. Ezra Manon

as Ralph Friedman

as The Priest

as Benson's Guard

as Benson's Guard

as Richards

as Questioner

as Night Nurse

as Instructor

as Edmonds

as Police Doctor

as Anesthetist

as Orderly

as Reporter

as Coroner
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Critic Reviews for The Terminal Man

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (2)

A thoughtful and unusually pessimistic sci-fi pic.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

By the time The Terminal Man reaches its tragic ending, it has succeeded in the dubious achievement of making us view its subject as dispassionately as any clinician.

Full Review… | July 12, 2011

An aimless and unexciting science-fiction story.

Full Review… | November 5, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

Full Review… | November 5, 2008
Empire Magazine

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January 30, 2004

Audience Reviews for The Terminal Man


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

Super Reviewer

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

Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

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