The Happiness Cage
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|The Happiness Cage|
|Directed by||Bernard Girard|
|Written by||Dennis Reardon|
|Distributed by||Cinerama Releasing Corporation|
The Happiness Cage is a 1972 American science fiction film directed by Bernard Girard. The film stars Christopher Walken in his first starring role and Joss Ackland. The film was also known as The Mind Snatchers.
The story takes place in a Veterans Hospital in Frankfurt, where experiments are being conducted by United States Army to drill into the patients’ skulls, attach wires, and alter their brains to create better soldiers and happier men — human robots. The patients are three veterans waiting to go into the operation clinic. The film contains some brilliant performances, according to the review in The New York Times.
Dr. Frederick (Joss Ackland) is trying to find a way to ease the aggressive nature of soldiers by developing a microchip to access the pleasure centers of their brains.
- Christopher Walken as Pvt. James H. Reese
- Joss Ackland as Dr. Frederick
- Ralph Meeker as The Major
- Ronny Cox as Sgt. Boford Miles
- Marco St. John as Lawrence Shannon
- Bette Henritze as Anna Kraus
- Susan Travers as Nurse Schroeder
- Birthe Neumann as Lisa
- Claus Nissen as Army Psychiatrist
- "The Happiness Cage". American Film Institute. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
- Thompson, Howard. ″Dennis Reardon's 'Happiness Cage' Is Better Suited to Stage″. New York Times. June 29, 1972.
- The Happiness Cage Lortell Archives, Internet Off-Broadway Database
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