‘Imagining ‘Total Recall’ – How Verhoeven and His Team Made the Film


Based on a Philip K. Dick short story (We Can Remember It for You Wholesale), Total Recall is one of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s best films, and one of the best action films of the 1990’s. Under Paul Verhoeven’s frenetic direction, Total Recall is a fast-paced rush of violence, action, and humor that never, for a minute, slows down. The documentary Imagining Total Recall, goes behind-the-scenes with interviews of the film’s stars, director, writers and special effects team. Production designer William Sandell talks about the brutal conditions experienced while shooting in Mexico; Ron Shusett explains how he discovered Philip K. Dick before he was famous; Schwarzenegger describes Verhoeven’s frantic direction; and Verhoeven explains how the project almost went bankrupt. All this and so much more. Enjoy!


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