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Verhoeven Quotes about Total Recall
Total Recall Facts and Trivia
Links to other Total Recall pages
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Paul Verhoeven and Arnold Schwarzenegger
Verhoeven Screen Captures
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"There are two realities to the movie all over the place."
"We asked Sharon Stone to take part of her clothes off, but she was very timid. I think I took revenge in Basic Instinct."
"The memory implants that are sold but ultimately could make you completely schizophrenic are sold in the same nice way the tobacco companies sell cigarettes."
"He's horrible, that Cohagen, isn't he?"
"We wanted to make the girl fight interesting and new. [Not like a catfight.]"
"Introducing the aliens was not so easy I felt"
(Preceding quotes from the director's commentary on the Total Recall DVD.)
"Is it the reality of a dream, or is it the reality of someone who has a dream but comes out of the dream?"
"Arnold really wanted to do it and never got a chance, and Dino was very adamant: 'You won't get it.'"
"I think back to Total Recall and [working with the cast and crew] was a lot of warmth and pleasure."
"Even at the end [of the movie] there is no decision made."
"I accept violence on a much higher level than a lot of other people do. For me it's just another way of showing my dreams or my nightmares or whatever that I basically give to the audience."
"His [the guy on the escalator] whole body was blown to pieces. [Laughs.] I shouldn't laugh about it really."
"I felt that [Quaid] was a guy that was able to blow away everybody."
(Preceding quotes from the feature "Imagining Total Recall" on the Total Recall DVD)
Arnold Schwarzenegger was instrumental in convincing Carolco to buy Total Recall from the bankrupt Dino DeLaurentis. Arnold had seen Robocop and wanted to do a movie with Paul.
The film was shot in Mexico because of budget considerations.
One of Arnold's favorite scenes was the beginning bedroom scene because, he says, "How many times do people get a chance to wake up with Sharon Stone?" Arnold, Paul, and Sharon checked into a room in the Bellagio Hotel to rehearse the scene.
The stuff with the Cohagen government on Mars represented (British) imperialism.
The walk-through x-ray machine was one of the first digital effects ever done.
In the original script, Douglas Quaid was an accountant. Verhoeven didn't think that suited Arnold so they changed it to construction worker.
Jeff Bridges, Richard Dreyfuss were supposed to play Quaid before Carolco bought the script.
The entire plot of the film is told by the Rekall salesman in the beginning.
Arnie and Paul both agree that Sharon enjoyed the fight scene she had with Arnold.
The violence had to be toned down to please the MPAA, who gave the first cut of the film an X.
The story was first optioned in 1974 for $1000. It was first offered to Dan O'Bannon.
Based upon Phillip Dick short story "We Can Remember it for you Wholesale."
There were 40 drafts in total of the Total Recall script.
Other directors attached to the project at various times were Richard Rush and David Cronenberg.
At one point, when the film was still in the hands of Dino DeLaurentis, it went into pre-production with Patrick Swayze in the lead.
Paul got the idea for the hanging rods (in the reactor that makes Mars' air) when he threw an architectural book on the floor in frustration and the picture of skyscrapers landed upside down.
Almost everyone on the set got sick except for Arnold, who brought his own chef. Paul was often sick during the shoot, and medical personnel were standing by most of the time to rehydrate him.
It took 50 puppeteers to make Kuato move.
Total Recall received a special Academy award for its special effects.
Links to other Total Recall pages
Infinite Coolness: Total Recall This is, as the name implies, a cool site all about Total Recall. There are tons of images, a walk-through text narration, sound files, and more. This is a great page, but unfortunately it's on Angelfire so there are tons of those effin' popups. Also it appears not to have been updated in a couple of years. Those niggles aside, though, it is well worth a visit.
SciFlicks.com Total Recall Lots of stuff about the movie. A little of everything, really. You won't learn much if you're a hardcore fan, but it sure looks good.
Total Recall - For the Memory of a Lifetime Typical fan site with screen captures, links, and sounds. Bonus: no popups.
Roger Ebert Review Check it out, Ebert gave the movie three and a half stars (out of four).
Movieprop.com Review A review, character profiles, and how much money items from Total Recall have fetched at auction. No kidding. There's not really much here, but the info is different than fan pages so it's worth looking at.
IMDb Total Recall Info on the Internet Movie Database.
Bomis Total Recall Ring This is a list of reviews from around the net for Total Recall.
Soundtrack Collector This page is kind of interesting. It has the covers for all the various soundtrack releases of Total Recall.
DVD Verdict Review A thoughtful review of the movie and of the Special Limited Edition DVD.
The Paul Verhoeven Fan Page