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Total Recall (1990)

Total Recall is a 1990 American science fiction action film directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Arnold SchwarzeneggerRachel TicotinSharon StoneRonny Cox, and Michael Ironside. The film is loosely based on the Philip K. Dick short story “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale“.

The film tells the story of a construction worker who suddenly finds himself embroiled in espionage on Mars and unable to determine if the experiences are real or the result of memory implants. It was written by Ronald ShusettDan O’BannonJon Povill, and Gary Goldman, and won a Special Achievement Academy Award for its visual effects. The original score, composed by Jerry Goldsmith, won the BMI Film Music Award.

With a budget of $50–65 million, Total Recall was one of the most expensive films made at the time of its release, although estimates of its production budget vary and whether it ever actually held the record is not certain.

Total Recall
Theatrical release poster
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