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The Mind of Mr. Soames (1970)

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A man who has been in a coma since infancy is awakened.

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Alan Cooke

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John Hale (screenplay), Edward Simpson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Terence Stamp ... John Soames
Robert Vaughn ... Dr. Bergen
Nigel Davenport ... Dr. Maitland
Christian Roberts ... Thomas Fleming
Donal Donnelly ... Joe Allan
Norman Jones ... Davis
Dan Jackson Dan Jackson ... Nicholls
Vickery Turner Vickery Turner ... Naomi
Judy Parfitt ... Jenny Bannerman
Scott Forbes ... Richard Bannerman
Joe McPartland Joe McPartland ... Inspector Moore
Pamela Moiseiwitsch Pamela Moiseiwitsch ... Girl on Train (as Pamela Moseiwitsch)
Billy Cornelius Billy Cornelius ... Sgt. Clifford
Jon Croft Jon Croft ... Guard
Esmond Webb Esmond Webb ... Ticket Seller
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Storyline

Since his birth, 30 years ago, John Soames is in a coma. Now he's operated and brought to life in a neurologic clinic. A tense plan shall make him develop from a 30 years old baby to a man, but there's no time for the love and care a normal baby would receive. He manages to flee... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Can this baby kill?

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Drama | Sci-Fi

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El hombre que nace de nuevo See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Alan Lake (actor married to Diana Dors) is one of the journalists in observation area, above location of surgery on John Soames, watching. See more »

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Very unusual and a nice acting job by Stamp.
13 February 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"The Mind of Mr. Soames" is a very unusual film and about the only movie that I can think of that is similar is Truffaut's "The Wild Child". Both are about someone who basically goes from zero socialization to being forced to interact with the world...whether they want to or not.

When the film begins, you learn that a Mr. Soames (Terrence Stamp) has been in a coma since birth...30 years ago! However, a group of doctors think they can operate on him and bring him out of it. So suddenly they have what is, in essence, a 30 year-old baby. A person who looks like a man but needs to be given an accelerated childhood in order to bring him up to speed for lost time. The problem is that instead of treating him with love and compassion, he's more like a science project and no one wants to listen to Dr. Bergen (Robert Vaughn) who urges them to reconsider their methods.

Not surprisingly, Soames is depressed and angry. After all, folks won't give him clear answers and he's living in an emotionally deprived world. So he escapes from the hospital and goes on an adventure. But not knowing any of the rules of society, he is about as lost as King Kong in New York or the Frankenstein monster! You really have to feel sorry for the guy and you have a strong feeling that nothing good will come of it.

Overall, this is a good film with a bit of a flaw. Terrence Stamp is wonderful as Soames. But I also had a hard time believing that all but one of the doctors could be THAT clueless in how to properly care for this patient...it did seem a tiny bit far- fetched...although treating him like a science experiment, I could believe as this has happened before with feral children brought back to civilization (the famous case of Genie is a sad example). Still, despite this, the film is thought provoking and interesting...and worth seeing.


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