From The Grindhouse Cinema Database

Main Details

  • Released in 1981
  • Color
  • Runtime: 103 min
  • Production Co: Canadian Film Development Corporation (CFDC) | Filmplan | Victor Solnicki Productions
  • Distribution Co: Astral Films (Canada) (theatrical) | AVCO Embassy Pictures (USA) (theatrical) | Ciné Paris Distribution (France) (theatrical) | Transcontinental Film (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • Written and Directed by David Cronenberg
  • Starring: Jennifer O'Neill, Stephen Lack, Patrick McGoohan
  • Produced by Pierre David, Claude Héroux, Victor Solnicki
  • Original Music by Howard Shore
  • Cinematography by Mark Irwin (Director of photography)
  • Film Editing by Ronald Sanders

Plot Summary

  • A scientist trains a man with an advanced telepathic ability called "scanning", to stop a dangerous Scanner with extraordinary psychic powers from waging war against non scanners.

Also Known As

  • Kontrolori (Serbia) | Scanners - Ihre Gedanken können töten (West Germany) | Scanners - Sua Mente Pode Destruir (Brazil) | Scanners - dödande tanke (Finland) (Swedish title) | Scanners - tappava ajatus (Finland) | Scanners 1 - Sua Mente Pode Destruir (Brazil) (video title) | Scanners: Su solo pensamiento podía matar (Spain) | Telekinesis (Mexico) | Telepathy 2000 (undefined)


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  • Their thoughts can kill!
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