The Mind of Mr. Soames (1970)

The Mind of Mr. Soames (1970)

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The Mind of Mr. Soames can be described as a melodramatic Charly. John Soames (Terence Stamp) is a hospital patient who has been in a coma for 30 years. Doctor Bergen (Robert Vaughn) attempts to revitalize Soames by transplanting an infant's brain in the patient's head. When Soames awakens, he has the mental capacity of a baby, but Dr. Bergen is certain that he can accelerate the maturation process, which he does in a matter of weeks. But the pressure on Soames' emotional stability is such that he tragically snaps during a live TV broadcast. Adapted from a novel by Charles Eric Maine, The Mind of Mr. Soames raises more questions than it can possibly answer, but works well on the level of solid science fiction. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Rating:
PG
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Columbia Pictures

Cast

Terence Stamp
as John Soames
Robert Vaughn
as Dr. Michael Bergen
Nigel Davenport
as Dr. Maitland
Scott Forbes
as Richard Bannerman
Donal Donnelly
as Dr. Joe Allen
Christian Roberts
as Thomas Fleming
Judy Parfitt
as Jenny Bannerman
Dan Jackson
as Nicholls
Joseph McPartland
as Insp. Moore
Pamela Moseiwitsch
as Girl on Train
Eric Brooks
as TV Floor Manager
Billy Cornelius
as Sgt. Clifford
Jon Croft
as Guard
Esmond Webb
as Ticket Seller
Bill Pilkington
as Pub Owner
Kate Bimchy
as Barmaid
Joe Gladwin
as Old Man in Car
Tony Caunter
as Schoolteacher
Joe McPartland
as Insp. Moore
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"The Mind of Mr. Soames" is an interesting vehicle for Terence Stamp, who's otherwise known for much more brutish characters. But the film's premise (sympathetic innocent with unusual traits is cruelly confined for scientific observation, but eventually seeks freedom) is overly familiar now, whether we're talking about "E.T.," "Powder," "Escape from the Planet of the Apes" or countless other sci-fi melodramas. Soames (Stamp) is a man who has been in a coma for 30 years, but is miraculously awakened with a new medical procedure. Intense therapy teaches him to belatedly talk, walk and reason, but his host facility is reluctant to release him once he seems capable of sustaining himself. Of course, there's one good-hearted doctor (Robert Vaughn) who understands. A weak ending leaves a bland aftertaste.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

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