Electric Dreams (1984)



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A shy computer-whiz programs his PC to write love songs about his next-door neighbor, a beautiful classical musician, not knowing that the computer itself has also fallen in love with her. Much comic confusion naturally follows in this computer-age take on Cyrano de Bergerac.
PG (adult situations/language)
Comedy , Drama
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Lenny Von Dohlen
as Miles Harding
Virginia Madsen
as Madeline Robistat
Bud Cort
as Voice of Edgar
Don Fellows
as Ryley
Wendy Miller
as Computer Clerk
Harry Rabinowitz
as Conductor
Miriam Margolyes
as Ticket Girl
Holly De Jon
as Ryley's Receptionist
Stella Maris
as Woman at Airport
Mary Doran
as Millie
Diana Choy
as Checkout Girl
Jim Steck
as Removal Man
Gary Pettinger
as Removal Man
Bob Coffey
as Removal Man
Mac MacDonald
as Removal Man
Regina Walden
as Neighbor
Patsy Smart
as Lady in Ticket Line
Madeleine Christie
as Lady at Concert
Preston Lockwood
as Man at Concert
Shermaine Michaels
as Girl outside Concert
Lisa Vogel
as Tour Guide
Koo Stark
as Girl in Soap Opera
Gina Francis
as Sales Girl/Aerobic Instructor
Giorgio Moroder
as Radio Producer
Dr. Ruth Westheimer
as Talk Show Host
Frazer Smith
as Deejay
Mac McDonald
as Removal Man
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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
Top Critic

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 25, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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… | December 31, 1999
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


Before 'Her', there was this sweet little film about a computer AI who learns what love is and what it means to be human. Good 80s music, too from Jeff Lynne and the equally great film composer Giorgio Moroder.

John Rorke
John Rorke

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

Daniel Sloyan
Daniel Sloyan

Electric Dreams has 4 musical sequences in it that are so magical, they should be pop-cultural icons but for some strange reason this movie wasn't seen by many people. Virginia Madsen is wonderful. Edgar and 'Moles' are unforgettable. See this amazing movie. You wont regret it.


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