The Mind of Mr. Soames

1970

Drama / Sci-Fi

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IMDb Rating 6.3 10 407

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Judy Parfitt as Jenny Bannerman
Nigel Davenport as Gruber
Robert Vaughn as Dr. Fred Brown
Terence Stamp as Bernadette
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Reviewed by MartinHafer 7 / 10 / 10

Very unusual and a nice acting job by Stamp.

"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.

Reviewed by nike06524 7 / 10 / 10

I Thought The Movie Was Excellent

I haven't seen it in awhile and can't find the Charles Eric Maine novel it was based on. It's been out-of-print forever. Another novel by Mr. Maine is available..."Alph"...But I do remember how the movie ends and I don't think every film needs to end on a final note. Let your imagination create an ending for Mr. Soames. Does Dr. Bergen (Robert Vaughn) continue with him, in which case he might thrive after the negative note the film ends on or does Dr. Maitland continue screwing him up using him as a human guinea pig? Does he lapse back into a coma or some other vegetative state or commit suicide? To leave a final ending up to ones imagination is part of what makes the sad but incomplete ending of the film wonderful. If I could read the book I could compare but... Thanks to a private seller in the UK via Amazon I'm finally reading the book. Thus far it was a good idea to create Dr. Bergen instead of the Japanese Dr. Takaito who perform the surgery that wakes up Mr. Soames.

Reviewed by Jonathon Dabell 7 / 10 / 10

Fascinating low-key drama, a sort of modern-day and gentler slant on the Frankenstein story.

The Mind Of Mr Soames deals with the intriguing concept of a thirty year old man - suspended in a deep coma since the day he was born - being belatedly awakened and introduced to life in the waking world. More cleverly, it anticipates by thirty years the world's obsession with reality TV, as the newly roused man-baby's experiences are captured by television crews each step of the way. Considering how unlikely and distant the concept of fly-on-the-wall TV documentaries must have been back in the early '70s, this marks an uncannily prescient aspect of the story. John Soames (Terence Stamp) has been comatose since birth due to a brain defect. He has been kept alive by intravenous feeding and round-the- clock care and attention from a team of scientists at the Midland Institute of Neurophysiological Research. American surgeon Dr. Bergen (Robert Vaughn) is brought in to perform a delicate operation which will spur Soames into consciousness. After that, Soames is to be placed under the supervision of Dr. Maitland (Nigel Davenport) who has prepared a rigorous programme to integrate him into the world – planning a strict timetable for when he will walk, talk, eat, dress, read, count and so on. Bergen expresses concerns at the excessively scientific, impersonal and inflexible nature of the plans, but Maitland is adamant that Soames must be pushed hard to catch up on lost years as quickly as possible. Of course, things don't run smoothly… and Soames soon tires of the regimented treatment to which he is subjected. He escapes from the institute and goes on he run in the 'real world', where his toddler-like perceptions put him - and others - in considerable danger. Although slow-paced and deliberately bloodless, The Mind Of Mr Soames remains a much underrated gem in the annals of Amicus. Stamp's performance alone is worth the price of admission. How easy it would have been for a lesser actor to look awfully foolish playing this baby- in-an-adult's-body (complete with man-sized pink baby grow). Yet Stamp brings remarkable conviction to the role, making us believe his every action and reaction throughout the film. Vaughn and Davenport are also in very good form as the main supporting players. The film bears some resemblance to the Frankenstein legend in certain aspects, with Maitland representing the Dr. F figure (ambitious scientist bringing to life what was once inanimate, but showing only scientific curiosity rather than love towards his 'creation') and Stamp a gentler incarnation of the monster (frightened creature, unaware of his own potential to harm, at large in the wider community). It is never a truly exciting film, aiming for an intentionally low-key and unsensational tone throughout. It is however thoroughly absorbing, thought-provoking and - thanks to its earnest performances - very believable. As unfairly overlooked gems go, they don't come more unfairly overlooked than The Mind Of Mr Soames.

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