Total Recall

1990

Total Recall

Critics Consensus

Under Paul Verhoeven's frenetic direction, Total Recall is a fast-paced rush of violence, gore, and humor that never slacks.

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In Paul Verhoeven's wild sci-fi action movie Total Recall, Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a 21st-century construction worker who discovers that his entire memory of the past derives from a memory chip implanted in his brain. Schwarzenegger learns that he's actually a secret agent who had become a threat to the government, so those in power planted the chip and invented a domestic lifestyle for him. Once he has realized his true identity, he travels to Mars to piece together the rest of his identity, as well as to find the man responsible for his implanted memory. Verhoeven has created a fast, furious action film with Total Recall, filled with impressive stunts and (literally) eye-popping visuals. Though the film bears only a passing resemblance to the Philip K. Dick short story it was based on ("We Can Remember It For You Wholesale"), the movie is an entertaining, if very violent, ride. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

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Cast

Arnold Schwarzenegger
as Douglas Quaid / Hauser
Ronny Cox
as Vilos Cohaagen
Marshall Bell
as George / Kuato
Ray Baker
as Bob McClane
Roy Brocksmith
as Dr. Edgemar
Mark Carlton
as Bartender
Ken Strausbaugh
as Immigration Officer
Marc Alaimo
as Everett
Michael Gregory
as Rebel Lieutenant
Ken Gilden
as Hotel Clerk
Mickey Jones
as Burly Miner
Parker Whitman
as Martian Husband
Ellen Gollas
as Martian Wife
Robert Picardo
as Johnnycab
Gloria Dorson
as Woman in Phone Booth
Erika Carlson
as Miss Lonelyhearts
Benny Corral
as Punk Cabbie
Erik Cord
as Lab Assistant
Chuck Sloan
as Scientist
Frank Kopyc
as Technician
Dave Nicolson
as Scientist
Paula McClure
as Newscaster
Rebecca Ruth
as Reporter
Milt Tarver
as Commercial Announcer
Monica Steuer
as Mutant Mother
Sasha Rionda
as Mutant Child
Linda Howell
as Tennis Pro
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Critic Reviews for Total Recall

All Critics (67) | Top Critics (19)

  • Schwarzenegger is never going to make the De Niros and Hoffmans of this world lose a night's sleep, but he has acquired a new confidence as an actor under Verhoeven's guidance.

    Jul 27, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Total Recall is slick, sly and subversive, and if some of the special effects have aged somewhat, that only adds to the charm.

    Jul 27, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • As Quaid, Schwarzenegger continues to stretch beyond his reach as an actor, relying on physical prowess to keep him in character.

    Jul 27, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • If the movie sometimes seems overwhelmed by its budget and its legendary third-act problems, it's still entertainingly raw and brutal, full of whiplash pace and juicy exaggeration.

    Jul 27, 2016 | Full Review…
  • If Total Recall isn't as much fun as I'd hoped, it's not as dreary as I'd feared. I wouldn't call it totally awesome, but it's far from being a total loss.

    Jul 27, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The movie is a cartoon, though a mammothly enjoyable one.

    Jul 27, 2016 | Full Review…

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