5.7/10
432
11 user 8 critic

The Happiness Cage (1972)

A German scientist works on a way of quelling overly aggressive soldiers by developing implants that directly stimulate the pleasure centers of the brain.

Director:

Bernard Girard

Writers:

Ron Whyte (screenplay by), Dennis Reardon (play)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Couple of strangers arrive in a small town, each one after a different thing.

Director: David Leeds
Stars: Margot Kidder, Geoffrey Lewis, Christopher Walken
Roseland (1977)
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

"Roseland" is made up of three stories, sometimes connecting, all set in the famed New York dance palace, and all having the same theme: finding the right dance partner.

Director: James Ivory
Stars: Teresa Wright, Lou Jacobi, Don De Natale
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Julius Orlovsky, after spending years in a New York mental hospital, emerges catatonic and must rely on his brother Peter, who lives with poet Allen Ginsberg. When Julius wanders off in the... See full summary »

Director: Robert Frank
Stars: Julius Orlovsky, Peter Orlovsky, John Coe
Valley Forge (TV Movie 1975)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

George Washington struggles to hold his army together at a critical point during the Revolutionary War.

Director: Fielder Cook
Stars: Richard Basehart, Barry Snider, Harry Andrews
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The ups and downs of life as experienced by a group of aspiring young artists in the early Fifties New York.

Director: Paul Mazursky
Stars: Lenny Baker, Shelley Winters, Ellen Greene
Certificate: 16 Mystery | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Harry breaks down and loses his job after his wife is assassinated - could it be his turn next ?

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Roy Scheider, Janet Margolin, John Glover
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

After Duke Anderson is released from prison after ten years for taking the rap for a scion of a Mafia family, he cashes in a debt of honor with the mob to bankroll a caper.

Director: Sidney Lumet
Stars: Sean Connery, Dyan Cannon, Martin Balsam
Cleopatra (1970)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Michel Auder
Stars: Viva, Gerard Malanga, Taylor Mead
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Mercenary James Shannon, on a reconnaissance job to the African nation of Zangaro, is tortured and deported. He returns to lead a coup.

Director: John Irvin
Stars: Christopher Walken, Tom Berenger, Colin Blakely
The Sentinel (1977)
Certificate: 18 Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Not ready for marriage, a fashion model moves into an unbelievably cheap Brooklyn Heights apartment, where weird occurrences turn into a much more frightening turn of events.

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Cristina Raines, Ava Gardner, Chris Sarandon
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Walken ... Privatz James H. Reese
Joss Ackland ... Dr. Frederick
Ralph Meeker ... The Major
Ronny Cox ... Sergeant Boford Miles
Marco St. John ... Lawrence Shannon - orderly
Bette Henritze Bette Henritze ... Anna Kraus
Susan Travers ... Nurse Schroeder
Tom Aldredge ... Medic
Birthe Neumann Birthe Neumann ... Lisa (as Birthe Newmann)
Claus Nissen Claus Nissen ... Army Psychiatrist
Vibeke Juul Bengtsson Vibeke Juul Bengtsson ... (as Vibeke Bengtsson)
Katherine Argo Katherine Argo
Norman Mackie Norman Mackie
Leslie Ogle Leslie Ogle
Torben Hundal Torben Hundal
Edit

Storyline

A German scientist works on a way of quelling overly aggressive soldiers by developing implants that directly stimulate the pleasure centers of the brain.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Sometimes the cure is deadlier than the disease.

Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Denmark | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 June 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Demon Within See more »

Filming Locations:

Denmark

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

The Major: Frankly, who would miss him?
Dr. Frederick: Who would miss him? Who, indeed. God help lonely people.
See more »

Crazy Credits

After the end credits have rolled, over a freeze-frame of Private Reese, a Newsweek magazine cover picturing a monkey titled "Probing the Brain" is displayed, along with the text "In 1954, two Canadian scientists discovered that the brain contained areas of pleasure and of pain. Since then, in research institutes, hospitals, and sanitariums all over the world, electrical wires have been placed into the brains of guinea pigs, rabbits, monkeys......and humans." See more »

Connections

Featured in Trailer Trauma 2: Drive-In Monsterama (2016) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

"One flew over the cuckoo's nest" meets "A clockwork orange"
11 December 1999 | by Sean84See all my reviews

I saw this movie under the "Demon Within" title. I believe the movie was based on a play and at times, it shows. The movie is slow in some parts, but overall is good. The character of Ronny Cox is often annoying. However, he does a good job in portraying the pity of a man losing his mind. Walken gives an non-typical performance of a comparatively straight-laced man who never really loses his mind but instead has it robbed from him. It is not really worth a long search. But if you do come across it, check it out.


9 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 11 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed