A science fiction film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, based on the short story of Philip K. Dick ("We Can Remember It for You Wholesale"), involving a character who realizes the memories of his life experiences are merely implantations.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

11
votes
2answers
1k views

In Total Recall, how did Quaid know who to shoot when someone pretended to be trying to “wake him up”?

In the Mars version, it was a doctor. In the 2012 version, his friend, Harry. How did he know to not take the pill / shoot his friend rather than Melina?
6
votes
4answers
819 views

How does Cohagen track Quaid after the bug is removed?

After watching both Total Recall versions back to back I was struck by by a very similar anomaly. In both movies Quaid starts out bugged so Cohagen's people can track him (in the Arnie version he ...
5
votes
3answers
961 views

Total Recall (1990) nail color change effect

In the first Total Recall, there's an unimportant shot where the receptioninst at Recall is changing the color of her nails. She taps one with a stylus, and it "wipes" to a different color. (I can't ...
-8
votes
1answer
440 views

3 scenes from Total Recall: The Original vs. The remake

I've heard from several sources that the Total Recall remake is "humiliatingly bad." This may or may not be true, but no matter what, I have no intention of spending close to 3 hours to watch it. I ...
11
votes
5answers
12k views

What purpose did Quaid serve Cohagen as an Average Joe on the assembly line?

Both the 2012 and 1990 versions of Total Recall rely on the same back story for the main character, Quaid: Quaid was working for Cohagen Quaid agreed to be brainwashed to think he switched to the ...
8
votes
1answer
2k views

Why was plot of Mars replaced in Total Recall (2012)?

Total Recall (2012) and Total Recall (1990) both are loosely based on the Philip K. Dick short-story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale. But Mars is the major part of the original story as well as ...