Paper Man

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"A computer can only give back what the human mind has put into it." So explained screenwriter James D. Buchanan when discussing the made-for-TV melodrama Paper Man. A group of five bright college students decide to take advantage of a computer glitch. Partly as a social experiment, partly as a prank, but mostly out of sheer boredom, the students feed phony data into the faulty computer, creating a human being who doesn't exist--complete with biographical background and credit-card history. Unfortunately, the computer spews forth the embodiment of Pure Evil--and by the end of the film, three of the five pranksters lie dead. An early example of the technothriller genre, Paper Man originally aired on October 12, 1971. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Dean Stockwell
as Avery Jensen
Ross Elliott
as Sheriff
Stefanie Powers
as Karen McMillan
James Olson
as Art Fletcher
Elliott Street
as Joel Fisher
Marcy Lafferty
as Secretary
Sue Taylor
as Mother
Johnny Scott Lee
as Avery (as a boy)
Dan Barton
as Electronics Expert
Bob Golden
as Deputy
Len Wayland
as Executive
Dean Harens
as Bureaucrat
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