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  • The Final Programme Film

    I finally got hold of a DVD of The Final Programme last week, and invited a fellow Moorcock fan round to watch it with me last night. We weren't expecting much - "an interesting turkey" was how we'd heard the film described, and we knew that Mr M. wasn't a huge fan.

    And we both really enjoyed it.

    As Mr M. has pointed out, the actors carry it a long way - they seemed appropriately bored by the end of the world at all times, and swore with real panache. 89 minutes is clearly not long enough to get everything in, but I thought that the movie compared favourably to other clever sci-fi films of the period; visually, it resembled a sexier Clockwork Orange.

    What do others who have seen this film think of it?

  • #2
    Best parts (from memory):

    Shades: "Are you riding me, man?"
    Jerry: "Not tonight, Baby."

    Jerry putting on driving gloves in front of a huge pile of wrecked buildings and car stuff.

    Jon Finch as Jerry. Awooooo! Shaggy black 70s hair, Edwardian "poet" shirt, frock coat, black nails. My uniform for the rest of my life.

    Sarah Douglas as Catherine. Awooooo! This is before she got too thin. The needle-gun scene has always been Elric and Cymoril to my mind. In fact, the death scene might as well not even be in the film except to make that connection.

    Jenny Runacre as Miss Brunner. Awooooo! Too thin already, but so slimy she fascinates. It seems to me she sort of made a career of playing these femme fatale slimy types. Sort of your best's friend's slightly too old mother that you still wanted to XXX.

    Now supposedly everyone hates the ending, but I think it ties in nicely with what is ideally the ending of the Dancers at the End of Time with Jerry spliced with Brunner as a kind of sci-fi Adam/Eve.

    Not entirely unlike MM's own early J.C. novels, the film is an interesting experiment in style over substance. In fairness, it has been forever since I read any Cornelius, but I think the stories did not get more serious until the Condition of Muzak. And let's not forget that MM himself hired out the ideas for a novelization of the "Great RnR Swindle" - so some sense of pop style over substance must be something he knows about. Besides, if Jerry is supposed to be a hipster James Bond, camp is an intended consequence as I think James Bond was always supposed to be for laughs anyway - something americans seem to misunderstand. It's not supposed to be the very serious undertaker Sean Connery but the wryly funny David Niven. And let's not forget that the filmic James Bond was always like an expensive commercial for Playboy After Dark, or something like that.

    I actually think of this movie as hugely, if subtly, influential on mid-70s punk and what was sometimes called "new romance" after that. Now I might peg him as decidely fin-de-siأ¨cle, death rock, or even "goth" in appearance and overall feel.

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    • #3
      Are there any Web sites with pics from this film? Or could someone post a few images here? Thanks.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Carter Kaplan
        Are there any Web sites with pics from this film? Or could someone post a few images here? Thanks.

        Here's one:

        http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070289/

        :D
        When they had advanced together to meet on common
        ground, then there was the clash of shields, of spears
        and the fury of men cased in bronze; bossed shields met
        each other and the din rose loud. Then there were
        mingled the groaning and the crowing of men killed and
        killing, and the ground ran with blood.

        Homer, The Illiad

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        • #5
          i enjoyed the film right up to the last 10 minutes. after that i think it is a bit weak, unfortunately.

          one of my most treasured mm bits and pieces is an original programme from the london premier of "the final programme". i picked it up from a specialist movie posters shop in bloomsbury, london about 10 years ago.

          it's framed and hangs in pride of place in my office.

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          • #6
            Hello All,
            I found an old copy of the film taped from TV in my cupboard the other day. Question for you- if it were remade tomorrow, who would be the ideal Jerry?

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            • #7
              Sick movie, I love it!

              Fortunatelly, it has been edited on DVD in France by Studio Canal, french title: Les Décimales du Futur.

              Free the West Memphis Three

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              • #8
                It is my favorite movie in my collection of flicks.
                krunky posted:
                Jerry putting on driving gloves in front of a huge pile of wrecked buildings and car stuff.
                That scene puts me in mind of the Time Dump from Rituals Of Infinity.
                I mentioned this in an earlier thread...In the arcade scene when Jerry is trying to buy napalm from Shades and Jerry leaves the arcade and Shades drops down on his knees murmuring...Where is that f**king ball? If you slow down your DVD player you will notice that the band playing on stage is in fact Hawkwind complete with Miss Stacia.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by steve1100 View Post
                  Hello All,
                  I found an old copy of the film taped from TV in my cupboard the other day. Question for you- if it were remade tomorrow, who would be the ideal Jerry?
                  Johnny Depp.

                  Or, almost anybody but Kanoo Reeves, or Nicholas Cage.

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                  • #10
                    I've mentioned elsewhere that I can quite easily see James Callis (Gaius Baltar from BSG) as Jerry in any remake of the TFP.

                    A mark in his favour surely must be that he's British as well.
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                    _"For an eternity Allard was alone in an icy limbo where all the colours were bright and sharp and comfortless.
                    _For another eternity Allard swam through seas without end, all green and cool and deep, where distorted creatures drifted, sometimes attacking him.
                    _And then, at last, he had reached the real world – the world he had created, where he was God and could create or destroy whatever he wished.
                    _He was supremely powerful. He told planets to destroy themselves, and they did. He created suns. Beautiful women flocked to be his. Of all men, he was the mightiest. Of all gods, he was the greatest."

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                    • #11
                      Hmm,James Callis might be the best choice,I can't think of a more suitable actor to play Jerry at the moment.

                      I'm sure you all noticed that he already is J.C.

                      Uma Thurman might be able to become Miss Brunner,if you wanted to find someone close looking to Jenny Runacre. hehe!

                      I will have to give all the characters more thought.

                      "With a deep, not-unhappy sigh, Elric prepared to do battle with an army." (Red Pearls)
                      - Michael Moorcock

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                      • #12
                        What about Scott Weiland?
                        Not spaced out enough?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by krunky View Post
                          Best parts (from memory):



                          Jon Finch as Jerry. Awooooo! Shaggy black 70s hair, Edwardian "poet" shirt, frock coat, black nails. My uniform for the rest of my life.
                          Mine too! well, until I hit 25 anyway! Interestingly, Mr. Finch appears to live around the corner from me now. I haven't screwed up courage to say hello yet.

                          Despite the reservations that any lover of the books would obviously have, this is a favorite movie of mine. I love its tone and atmosphere. The iconic publicity shot of Finch wielding the perspex neeedle gun summed up, for the ten year old me, all the mystery and sexiness of that era's SF.
                          Last edited by Reinart der Fuchs; 05-30-2007, 06:05 PM.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by steve1100 View Post
                            Hello All,
                            I found an old copy of the film taped from TV in my cupboard the other day. Question for you- if it were remade tomorrow, who would be the ideal Jerry?
                            Why not Christian Bale? Give the man back his long hair and we're golden!

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                            • #15
                              Johnny Depp, without question.
                              Indeed, he could be in ANY movie of my books and I'd be glad. But I think he'd make a perfect Jerry, since he has the intelligent irony I'd ask for in the character.
                              Never saw that French version. Robert Fuest, eh ? The man who did the least to make that movie work...

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