Electric dreams

electric dreams

I’ve always loved the movie “Electric Dreams” (1984). It was one of the first features films that had the personal computer as one of its leads! Sure, “2001: a Space Odyssey” had HAL but Electric Dreams had a PC called Edgar which more resembled our modern day home computer. “War Games” from 1983 was another film that featured computers but it was more about the massive mainframe systems than the personal computer.

Electric Dreams featured computers that had more capabilities than typical PCs available to the public at that time. It also featured gadgets that either hadn’t been invented at the time or were still in development and not available to the general public such as voice recognition, music composition, Artificial intelligence, home security, 3-D rendering, high resolution color graphics and even the world wide web! In one particular scene at a concert hall scene, Miles’ mobile device was a pager that also played music thanks to the devious home computer. Obviously, it foreshadowed the use of ringtones on cell phones as well as even the iPod.

Here is the whole movie and a bunch of songs from the movie.

Trailer:
The soundtrack is also outstanding. There are several standout tracks. Here is the main theme song called “Together in Electric Dreams” by Giorgio Moroder and Phil Oakley (from Human League).

“The Dual” once again by Giorgio Moroder whose use of futuristic sounding synthesizers only enhanced the movie.

“Video” by Jeff Lynn from ELO. Note: The nerd in the video (besides Jeff!) is Bud Cort who does the voice of Edgar the computer in the movie. He was Harold in “Harold & Maude”.
Jeff Lynn also contributed “Let it Run” which the computer uses to disturb the neighbor in the middle of the night.

Boy George contributed this sweet love song called “Love is Love”

“The Dream” was another track from Boy George. It’s a song that plays during a dream sequence that the computer had.

The wonderful ending sequence

Final Thoughts

I find it ironic that Electric Dreams was set in San Francisco considering the fact that frisco has become ground zero for the whole social media/social networking phenomenon. Yet, despite all of the cool geeky stuff in the movie, the best part of the movie to me was always the love story between Miles and his musician neighbor Madeleine, played by a young unknown at the time, Virgina Madsen who went on to earn an Oscar nod for her turn in “Sideways“. It was a most unusual love triangle for sure, between a man, woman and a computer! I think this is an underrated movie and it’s a crime that is has never made it to DVD! Even the VHS is difficult to find these days! How ironic that a movie that was innovative when it came to the future and technology never made it to DVD. Perhaps some day it will. I will be one of the first ones to buy it too!

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  • Alex Hogan

    Damn. It’s been forever since I’ve seen this movie, but I’ve never forgotten it. I love the soundtrack! Especially, “Together In Electric Dreams” Phil Oakey (sigh…) and Giorgio Moroder! I just bought the thing on eBay, and I love it! Again! Now my little girls will love it! They thrive on the 80’s!

  • Alex Hogan

    Damn. It’s been forever since I’ve seen this movie, but I’ve never forgotten it. I love the soundtrack! Especially, “Together In Electric Dreams” Phil Oakey (sigh…) and Giorgio Moroder! I just bought the thing on eBay, and I love it! Again! Now my little girls will love it! They thrive on the 80’s!

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  • Terry

    A lot of the futuristic things you mention were just on the cusp of being available – certainly if you had the money then you could have done a lot of that stuff with an Amiga or Apple Mac. It was an era of great experimentation with the then newly affordable microcomputers.

  • Terry

    A lot of the futuristic things you mention were just on the cusp of being available – certainly if you had the money then you could have done a lot of that stuff with an Amiga or Apple Mac. It was an era of great experimentation with the then newly affordable microcomputers.

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  • Elliott

    Love the film too… You can buy the DVD from Amazon… http://www.amazon.co.uk/Electric-Dreams-DVD-Vir

  • Elliott

    Love the film too… You can buy the DVD from Amazon… http://www.amazon.co.uk/Electric-Dreams-DVD-Vir

  • Elliott

    Love the film too… You can buy the DVD from Amazon… http://www.amazon.co.uk/Electric-Dreams-DVD-Vir

  • Elliott

    Love the film too… You can buy the DVD from Amazon… http://www.amazon.co.uk/Electric-Dreams-DVD-Vir

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