Scanners (1981)

10 Seconds: The Pain Begins. 15 Seconds: You Can’t Breathe. 20 Seconds: You Explode.

  • Genre: Science Fiction, Horror
  • Release Date: 1981-01-14
  • User Rating: 6.7/10 from 1057 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 43min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Canadian Film Development Corporation (CFDC)
  • Production Country: Canada
  • Director: David Cronenberg
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After a man with extraordinary—and frighteningly destructive—telepathic abilities is nabbed by agents from a mysterious rogue corporation, he discovers he is far from the only possessor of such strange powers, and that some of the other “scanners” have their minds set on world domination, while others are trying to stop them.

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  • Jennifer O'Neill

    as Kim Obrist
  • Stephen Lack

    as Cameron Vale
  • Patrick McGoohan

    as Dr. Paul Ruth
  • Lawrence Dane

    as Braedon Keller
  • Michael Ironside

    as Darryl Revok
  • Robert A. Silverman

    as Benjamin Pierce
  • Lee Broker

    as Security One
  • Mavor Moore

    as Trevellyan
  • Adam Ludwig

    as Arno Crostic
  • Murray Cruchley

    as Programmer 1
  • Fred Döderlein

    as Dieter Tautz
  • Géza Kovács

    as Killer in Record Store
  • Sonny Forbes

    as Killer in Attic
  • Jérôme Tiberghien

    as Killer in Attic
  • Denis Lacroix

    as Killer in Barn
  • Elizabeth Mudry

    as Killer in Barn
  • Victor Désy

    as Dr. Gatineau
  • Louis Del Grande

    as First Scanner
  • Anthony Sherwood

    as Scanner in Attic
  • Ken Umland

    as Scanner in Attic
  • Anne Anglin

    as Scanner in Attic
  • Jock Brandis

    as Scanner in Attic
  • Jack Messinger

    as Scanner at Door
  • Victor Knight

    as Dr. Frane
  • Karen Fullerton

    as Pregnant Girl
  • Margaret Gadbois

    as Woman in Mall
  • Terrance P. Coady

    as Security 1 Car Passenger
  • Steve Michaels

    as Security 1 Car Driver
  • Malcolm Nelthorpe

    as Security 2 Car Driver
  • Nicholas Kilbertus

    as Security 2 Car Partner
  • Don Buchsbaum

    as Large Man in Mall
  • Roland Nincheri

    as Large Man in Mall
  • Kimberly McKeever

    as Hallucinating Guard
  • Robert Boyd

    as Hallucinating Guard
  • Graham Batchelor

    as Yoga Technician
  • Dean Hagopian

    as Programmer 2
  • Alex Stevens

    as Programmer 3
  • Neil Affleck

    as Student
  • John Brasington

    as Hazmat Suit Worker (uncredited)
  • Chris Britton

    as Hazmat Suit Worker (uncredited)
  • Jack Canon

    as Hazmat Suit Worker (uncredited)
  • Richard Chapman Jr.

    as Hazmat Suit Worker (uncredited)
  • Leon Herbert

    as Hazmat Suit Worker (uncredited)
  • William Hope

    as Hazmat Suit Worker (uncredited)
  • Thomas Kovacs

    as Boyfriend (uncredited)
  • Ian McQue

    as Scanner / Security Guard (uncredited)
  • Chuck Shamata

    as Tony (uncredited)
  • Sam Stone

    as Security Guard (uncredited)
Directing David Cronenberg Director
Writing David Cronenberg Writer
Editing Ronald Sanders Editor
Sound Howard Shore Original Music Composer
Camera Mark Irwin Director of Photography
Art Carol Spier Art Direction
Production Claude Héroux Producer
Production Pierre David Executive Producer
Production Victor Solnicki Executive Producer
Costume & Make-Up Delphine White Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Stephan Dupuis Special Effects Makeup Artist
Crew Gary Zeller Special Effects
Costume & Make-Up Dick Smith Special Effects Makeup Artist
Sound Peter Burgess Supervising Sound Editor
Costume & Make-Up Chris Walas Special Effects Makeup Artist
Sound Bruce Nyznik Sound Editor
Directing Jim Kaufman First Assistant Director
Production Don Buchsbaum Production Manager
Sound Charles R. Bowers Sound Editor
Costume & Make-Up Constant Natale Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Brigitte McCaughry Makeup Artist
Sound Peter Jermyn Sound Editor
Directing Michael A. Williams Second Assistant Director
Sound Don Cohen Sound Designer
Costume & Make-Up Tom Schwartz Special Effects Makeup Artist
Directing Anne Murphy Third Assistant Director
Production Jean Savard Unit Manager