The Mind Snatchers (1972)





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Based on the long-running Broadway play by Dennis Reardon, The Happiness Cage, a multinational filmmaking effort, is a drama about medical experimentation in the U.S. military. The experiment is a brain operation which removes pain, replacing it either with bliss or sensual satisfaction. It is at first attempted on terminal cancer patients, but finally the doctors receive permission to test the procedure on a healthy but thoroughly obnoxious subject (Christopher Walken).
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Marco St. John
as Orderly
Christopher Walken
as Privatz James H. Reese
Joss Ackland
as Dr. Frederick
Ronny Cox
as Sgt. Boford Miles
Ralph Meeker
as The Major
Bette Henritze
as Anna Kraus
Susan Travers
as Nurse Schroeder
Claus Nissen
as Psychiatrist
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Critic Reviews for The Mind Snatchers

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August 9, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Mind Snatchers

I give The Mind Snatcher three stars. I feel it probably should be two because it is not a very good view and has a poor plot. The problem is the film has Christopher Walken in it and some good dialogue here and there, so I can't bring myself to downrate it.

Robert Brogan
Robert Brogan

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Also known as The Happiness Cage, which is the name of the play upon which it was based, this is the story of remote medical clinic where the military performs experimental brain surgery on unbalanced soldiers, ostensibly to find a cure for schizophrenia. Christopher Walken stars (in his first leading role) as a fiercely intelligent, suspicious, young soldier who finds himself imprisoned in the clinic; Ronny Cox plays a dumb hick who is in the same predicament; and Joss Ackland plays the ambivalent doctor. The cast is uniformly excellent, even if the film is sometimes a little stagy. It's a lot like a subdued version of A Clockwork Orange.

Andrew Syder
Andrew Syder

excellent film, superbly conceived. walken is outstanding in this little-known role. (note: this film is duplicate-listed on flixster as 'mind-snatchers')

Jonathan H
Jonathan H

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