The Resurrection of Zachary Wheeler (1971)

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TV newsman Leslie Nielsen witnesses a catastrophic car crash involving New York junior senator and Presidential hopeful Bradford Dillman. He follows him to the hospital, his report is broadcast … but suddenly everyone’s in denial, there was no such patient. He is in fact in New Mexico, the recipient of multiple organ transplants harvested in specially bred donors (somas)  from his own  DNA (stop me if you’ve read the Ishiguro clone novel) . Nielsen is chased by agents as he tries to get to the bottom of what happened to Wheeler and encounters one of his somas at Los Alamos. This ends on a note of something akin to un-PCness and is all the better for it. Not really for someone who’s salivating over the prospect of a third party’s death to keep themselves alive, though. Creepsville. Interesting however because it was shot on video and transferred to film. Story by Tom Rolf, screenplay by Jay Simms, directed by Bob Wynn.

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