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The Man Without a Body

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UK / USA  •    •  80m  •    •  Directed by: Charles Saunders, W. Lee Wilder.  •  Starring: Robert Hutton, George Coulouris, Julia Arnall, Nadja Regin, Sheldon Lawrence, Peter Copley, Michael Golden, Norman Shelley, Stanley Van Beers, Tony Quinn, Maurice Kaufmann, William Sherwood, Edwin Ellis.  •  Music by: Albert Elms.
       A wealthy business man discovers he has a brain tumor and seeks medical help. The business man finds a scientist experimenting with transplanting monkey heads on different monkey bodies. The business man decides to steal the head of Nostradamus from the prophet's crypt.

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SPOILERS Greedy and unscrupulous financial investmentbanker Karl Brussard, George Coulouris, learns from his doctor Phil Merritt, Robert Hutton, that he has a terminal brain tumor that will end up killing him within a year. Refusing to accept the enviable Brussard seeing that he's experimenting with the brains of dead monkeys and bringing them, the live monkeys that he's experimenting with, back to life Brussard convinces Dr. Merritt to do the same for him.

The rub in all this is that in Dr. Merritt's mind is that doing the same experiments with a human being is unethical and even worse, for Brussard, who's brain does he want to replace that of his his own? Thinking big in the brain he wants to have Brussard goes to France to check out the mausoleum when the great seer and philosopher Nostradamus, Michael Gordon, is in-terned in. Brussard plans to have his head surgically removed and have it brought back to life by the very reluctant, in not knowing who's head it is, Dr. Merritt. It's the sneaky Brussard who's planing to use Nostradamus' brain to predict future stock markets moves and thus profit from them. But the great Nostradamus knowing what a creep that Brussard is has plans of his own that in the end, by Brussard flowing his bad advice, will end up bankrupting him!

You don't quite understand, unless he's insane, Brussard's plans to become the richest man in the world by using Nostradamus' future stock predictions to do it since he hasn't long to live anyway to enjoy it? As Brussard is losing his money in the fake stock predictions that Nostradamus is giving him he's slowly losing his life from the terminal brain tumor that's killing him. With both his money and life on the verge of expiring Brussard really loses it and in an attempt to get back at Nostradamus tries to kidnap his head and destroy it!

SPOILERS This total insane action on Brussard's part has the head, that's Nostradamus, re-unite with the body, that of someone else, and keep the by now completely out of it Karl Brussard from his attempt to destroy it! By the time the movie is finally over Nostradamus loses his head for the second time but unlike the first this time it really counted. That by him putting and end to Brussard's crazy plans to rule the world of finance by using his head to do it!


Review by kapelusznik18 from the Internet Movie Database.

 

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