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|Directed by||Franklin Adreon|
|Produced by||Earle Lyon|
|Written by||Arthur C. Pierce|
|Music by||Paul Dunlap|
|Edited by||Frank P. Keller|
Harold Goldman Associates
|Distributed by||United Pictures Corporation|
Cyborg 2087 is a 1966 science fiction film directed by Franklin Adreon and written by Arthur C. Pierce. The film stars Michael Rennie, Karen Steele, Wendell Corey, and Warren Stevens. It was part of a series of nine low budget films produced by United Pictures Corporation. The films were intended for TV distribution, but they had theatrical releases. The writer and director's next film, Dimension 5, also featured time travel.
Garth A7 (Michael Rennie), a cyborg from the future world of 2087, travels back in time to 1966 to prevent Professor Sigmund Marx (Eduard Franz) from revealing his new discovery, an idea that will make mind control possible and create a tyranny in Garth's time. He is pursued by two "Tracers" (also cyborgs) out to stop him.
Garth enlists the help of Dr. Sharon Mason (Karen Steele), Marx's assistant. He gets her to summon her friend, medical doctor Zeller (Warren Stevens) to operate on him to remove a homing device used by the Tracers to track him. The local sheriff (Wendell Corey) also becomes involved.
Garth defeats the Tracers and convinces Professor Marx to keep his discovery secret. Then, with his future wiped out as a result, Garth ceases to exist; the people who helped him do not even remember him. It is "which came first, the chicken or the egg?" plot twist, so common with time travel films, which ignore paradoxes in favor of plot. If the hero does change history, and ceases to exist as history is rewritten, then he will not be there in the future to go back and make the change, supporting the scientific rule that the past cannot be altered.
- Michael Rennie as Garth
- Karen Steele as Dr. Sharon Mason
- Wendell Corey as the sheriff
- Warren Stevens as Dr. Zeller
- Eduard Franz as Professor Sigmund Marx
- Harry Carey, Jr. as Jay C
- Dale Van Sickel as Tracer #1
- Troy Melton as Tracer #2
- Green, Paul (2014). Jeffrey Hunter, the Film, Television, Radio, and Stage Performances. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company. pp. 120–121. ISBN 978-0786478682.
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