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PAPER MAN is a drama that borders on science fiction. Here, four students assign a credit card to a fake identity by manipulating data banks. Much like "HAL" in 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968), their cyber-creation battles against its own deletion, to the extent that three of the four end up dead!
This made-for-TV movie long ago warned that tampering with then-burgeoning computer technology could have disastrous consequences. Although this message remains relevant and professional hackers and viruses seem a part of our daily lives, from a distance of almost 40 years the primitive equipment of that bygone era is amusingly quaint.
By the time PM aired in November of 1971, tiny internets were already operational on college campuses. The first, ARPANET linked UCLA and SRI and came into existence in October, '69. Eastern universities offered their own versions of ARPANET. Yale for one had a barebones room with keyboards and monochrome monitors where students could "chat" with like minds elsewhere, play chess with an unseen partner, or contemplate design changes that would one day give rise to the Web as we now know it.
"Paper Man" is available from ALPHA VIDEO on a DVD two-fer, along with AGENCY (1980).Read more ›
Avery Jensen (Dean Stockwell) is discussing how all the computers in town are linked together. Some rambunctious students see this as and advantage to getting a credit card. So they get fellow student, Karen McMillan (Stefanie Powers) and a young cutie to vamp Avery into making a man on paper. Everything is going swimmingly until the paper man purchase a gun and grows an unnecessary birth certificate. Now it looks as though the computer has a mind of its own and the creators are meeting with a mysterious demise. It also seems mysterious that Avery seems immune.
It is interesting to see the actors as they were in this movie the Lisa (Tina Chen) that teaches the computer to say breath (death) is in the movie "Three Days of the Condor".
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Great 70's spooky flick. I remember watching it at 10 and being really scared. ~Published 15 months ago by Straga59
Good movie, terrible playback from Amazon. Movie kept reloading every couple minutes. Would like to see this again, but properly.Published 17 months ago by video addict