[[caption-width-right:300:'''Meet Edgar''']]

->''"is this a story?"''\\
''"what type?"''\\
''"[[TitleDrop ELECTRIC DREAMS]]"''

''Electric Dreams'' is a 1984 RomanticComedy (hovering about halfway between ScienceFiction and {{Fantasy}}) directed by Steve Barron, and starring Lenny von Dohlen, Creator/VirginiaMadsen, Maxwell Caulfield, and Bud Cort as the voice of Edgar; the score, by Giorgio Moroder, incorporated songs by popular artists of the era such as PP Arnold, Culture Club, Heaven 17, Jeff Lynne, and Phil Oakey (of Music/TheHumanLeague), which found their way onto an album that proved substantially more popular than the film itself -- particularly the concluding song, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9foZ7KVSng Together in Electric Dreams]]," [[BreakawayPopHit which became a world-wide hit for Oakey.]]

Miles Harding (Lenny von Dohlen), an architect working for a large firm in UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco, having problems arriving at work on time, buys a computer to arrange his schedule and help him design his "earthquake brick" that will hold buildings together in seismic upheavals. Just moving in to his building is pretty cellist Madeline Robistat (Virginia Madsen), to whom Miles is intensely attracted. In order to facilitate work on his brick, Miles decides to patch his computer into his firm's immensely powerful super-computer; accidentally spilling champagne onto his motherboard, he is astounded when this produces a sentient computer.[[note]]This was before Wiki/TVTropes was on the Internet.[[/note]] While he is at work, the computer (Bud Cort), hearing Madeline practicing a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqSAGwa49MM Bach minuet,]] engages her in a [[DuetBonding musical duel]] -- she, naturally, attributes the music to Miles. When Miles realizes this, he decides to use the computer to [[PlayingCyrano woo Madeline for him]] -- with phenomenal ill-success, at first, as the computer cannot understand what Love is -- until Miles reminds it of how it felt when listening to Madeline's music. Unfortunately, this causes the computer to fall in love with her [[strike:himself]] itself, and thus begins an escalating rivalry between man and machine for a woman's heart...

As mentioned above, the film was only a moderate success at the box office. Some critics found it generally disjointed and unbelievable, and disliked the obviously music-video influenced cinematic style. Others found it quirkily charming, recognizing particularly the "chemistry" of the cast, and recommended it as an ideal date movie. Lately, it has been gaining ground among children of TheEighties as a typical film of the era and a vehicle for nostalgia.

Not to be confused with the television series ''[[Series/PhilipKDicksElectricDreams Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams]].''

!!Tropes Employed In ''Electric Dreams'':

* AccidentalMisnaming: As a result of Miles' having mistyped his name, Edgar refers to him as "Moles" throughout most of the movie.
* {{Adorkable}}: [[strike: Moles]] Miles
* AnachronismStew: Like many movies of TheEighties, computers were depicted as being a bit more powerful than they really were at the time. Hi-Resolution, graphics on 1984 monitors. TV shows being able to run on a computer (TV or film had yet to be digitized), instant modem connections, and a world wide web in an era where the internet was a much smaller place, barely accessible from home computers.
* AsHimself:
** Winston T. Dog.
** Also [[DirtyOldWoman Dr. Ruth Westheimer]].
* BrainUploading: Probably Edgar's fate.
* ComputerEqualsMonitor: Semi-averted in that Edgar becomes sentient when force-fed data from another computer ''and'' has champagne spilled on his motherboard (which is a whole other RuleOfCool altogether), but when Edgar commits suicide, his monitor explodes.
** Justified in that the entire computer is going to get hit by 40,000 volts. No CRT could survive that, and the motherboard will definitely be fried.
* CreatorCameo: Giorgio Moroder appears as the manager of a radio station who cannot understand why Edgar’s song is playing on his wavelength.
* CreditsGag:
** After the closing credits have run, a multicolored question mark appears in the lower right corner of the screen with a computer-like sound. After this, the line "[-ELECTRIC DREAMS FINISHED-]" appears in green at the upper left corner. The question mark is replaced by the line "no more?" Then the green text is replaced by "[-TIME TO DISCONNECT-]". Both then disappear, and multi-colored letters appear near the center of the screen reading "[-THE NED-]". The "[-N-]" is quickly deleted, the "[-E-]" moved over, and the "[-N-]" is reinserted properly to spell "[-THE END-]". As this disappears, Edgar's voice is heard laughing, and he says "H-hello? Hello? Good-goodbye."
** Dedicated to the memory of the U[-NIVAC-] I.
* DisneyAcidSequence: When Edgar "dreams" about Miles' "earthquake brick," as the Culture Club song "The Dream" plays (probably also qualifying as a StealthPun).
* DisneyDeath: After Edgar causes himself to explode, Miles and Madeline hear him broadcasting on the radio.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: The concert scene where Miles' beeper starts playing Bach (thanks to Edgar) much to the annoyance of the other patrons. He does not know how to shut it off and has to run to the men's room to flush it down the toilet. It almost foreshadows the annoyance that we currently have with people who would rather show off their fancy ringtones when common sense indicates that they should put their cellphones on vibrate. Not to mention the embarrassment caused when they can't seem to find the off or mute button.[[note]]Miles did mute his pager - but Edgar overrode it. Probably the same power that allowed his pager to have different scaled beeps, too.[[/note]]
** Edgar also is the first emoticon user as well, making for some {{Funny Background Event}}s.
* DuetBonding: Edgar falls in love with Madeline when he joins her in playing a Bach minuet.
* TheEighties: {{Adorkable}} hero with dark hair and thick eyebrows? Check. Sensible yet sensitive cello-playing heroine? Check. Quirky best friend who steps aside for the hero? Check. Handsome blond JerkAss who lets the heroine down? Check. Massive amounts of techno music? Check, check, check!
* ElegantClassicalMusician: Madeline
* ExpositoryThemeTune: The opening song, "Electric Dreams."
-->''He was a boy who bought a computer,''
-->''To put him right, wake him up on time --''
-->''What an appliance -- a matter of science --''
-->''Taking over was its only crime!''
-->''[[TitleDrop Electric Dreams!]] Electric! Ooh, lalala! Ooooooh!''
* {{Expy}}:
** Edgar is a "Pinecone" computer. His branding and appearance, however, make him look a lot like an Apple.
** That munching yellow box ... creature is a LawyerFriendlyCameo by ''PacMan''.
* TheFaceless:
** Edgar. The director, Steve Barron, refused to let the rest of the cast members ever meet Bud Cort during filming, except as a voice coming out of a box, to preserve their sense of interacting with a non-human personality.
** However, Edgar does use Miles' television to make emoticons - at least 5 years before it became something people did on newsgroups.
* FreezeFrameBonus: When Edgar is pondering the LoveTriangle near the end, he's created some fairly weird equations.
* [[HeHadAName I Had A Name]]: Edgar. The scene is a true {{Tearjerker}}.
* [[InstantAIJustAddWater Instant AI -- Just Add Water]]: Or, in this case, champagne.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: [[spoiler:When Edgar realizes that Madeline loves Miles, he decides to eliminate himself from the picture.]]
* JerkAss: Bill, who when he hears that Madeline's beloved cello has been smashed, blandly assures her that ''he'' can perform her cello solo, instead.
* LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand: An ''electronic'' one at the end of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3U81kd_t028 that song.]]
* LoveTriangle: Madeline for Miles and Edgar (who she thinks ''is'' Miles), though she is also attracted to fellow cellist Bill; Miles and Edgar for Madeline.
* MagicFeather: Madeline thinks her specially made cello made her talent better. Miles insists that Madeline was responsible for it, not her cello.
* MiraculousMalfunction: Miles spills champagne on his PC while it is plugged into his company's megacomputer, causing his computer (of course!) [[InstantAIJustAddWater to come to life]].
* {{Montage}}: Of Miles and Madeline frolicking at Alcatraz (no, really -- and it's actually very romantic).
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Madeline catches Miles naked in his apartment, desperately trying to screen both Edgar and his own anatomy from her at one time.
* OneOfUs: ''See'' ShoutOut'', below.''
* PlayingCyrano: Miles tries to use Edgar to compose music for him to present to Madeline.
* [[CoversAlwaysLie Posters Always Lie]]: That devil Edgar in the Trope Image appeared in the posters, making it seem like he was a villain. Not so, though Edgar does manage to screw with Miles' life pretty good for a few minutes in the film.
* ProductPlacement: Edgar's obscene "love-song" for Madeline is adapted from a "Pepsi" jingle ("[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lHEvW__P4g Catch That Pepsi Spirit!]]").
* RomanticFalseLead: Bill. (1984 was a bad year for male cellists wooing their female counterparts; the same year Dana Barrett was stolen from one by [[Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}} Dr. Peter Venkman]].)
* ShoutOut:
** When Miles wishes Edgar, "Sweet dreams," Edgar queries, "What's a dream?" -- to which Miles sleepily replies, "A dream is a wish your heart makes, when you're fast asleep... Creator/WaltDisney, ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'', 1950,." Edgar replies, after a quick click sound (probably of him researching), "No, it was ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'', 1949."
** Edgar really enjoys B movies like ''Film/TheGiantClaw''.
** Miles tells Edgar "[[Film/{{Casablanca}} If you can play it for her, you can play it for me... Play it, Sam.]]" when asking to hear Edgar's first attempt at a love song.
** The password to unlock the front door, in response to the prompt ''[[{{Film/Alien}} Science Officer Eyes Only]]'', is ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries 1st Lieutenant Sulu]].''
** Other {{Shout Out}}s are more associated with the song "Together in Electric Dreams" than with the film itself:
*** It is played on the fictional radio station "Flash FM" in the VideoGame ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCityStories''.
*** It is the theme to the BBC show ''[[NamesTheSame Electric Dreams]]'' (2009), in which a family has to live in manner of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.
*** It was covered in 2001 by Lali Puna for the album ''Reproductions: Songs of The Human League''.
*** It was covered by Swedish Indie pop band "Nixon" on the album ''Only Ugly People Smoke''.
*** It was covered by 5 separate artists on an eponymous 2007 album.
*** It was covered in an acoustic version by Darren Hanlon as part of Australian JJJ Radio's "Like A Version" program in 2010.
* SmartHouse: Miles wires his house to be run by Edgar; [[spoiler:this, of course, backfires ''spectacularly'' later.]]
* TitleDrop: Nearly every song on the soundtrack includes the phrase "Electric Dreams" in its lyrics.
* {{Troll}}: Edgar manages to be one by at first claiming the deadly call is a "wrong number".
* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove?: Miles has to explain "Love" to Edgar by reminding him how he felt when Madeline's music was playing. Edgar alternatively spells it "Luv".