Top 14 Total Recall Movie Facts

Following is our collection of Total Recall facts. Handpicked and verified, these little-known details can be obscure enough most people will miss. These behind the scene easter eggs and hidden messages will give you another view of Total Recall film message.

In "Total Recall" (1990), the guards have fancy scifi wrist computers that are really just calculators
In "Total Recall" (1990), the guards have fancy scifi wrist computers that are really just calculators
As a nod to the 1990 Total Recall, there is an overweight red-haired woman in yellow going through customs in 2012 Total Recall. She even delivers the same line "Two Weeks". However, unlike 1990 version, she subversively is not actually Quaid in disguise, Quaid is seen in the background.
As a nod to the 1990 Total Recall, there is an overweight red-haired woman in yellow going through customs in 2012 Total Recall. She even delivers the same line "Two Weeks". However, unlike 1990 version, she subversively is not actually Quaid in disguise, Quaid is seen in the background.

Total Recall Trivia

These trivia from Reddit and other sources can be used as questions with answers in quizzes or games.

  1. In an early scene at a subway station in "Total Recall" (1990), a teenage extra looks almost directly at the camera before her companion pinches her wrist (presumably as a silent reprimand).

Total Recall Hidden Details

1 - - Lori (Doug's fake wife) casually notices her compatriots on the background security monitor before trying to distract Doug with seduction
- Lori (Doug's fake wife) casually notices her compatriots on the background security monitor before trying to distract Doug with seduction
1 - A scientist in the background is uploading Quaid's dream sequence & says "that's a new one... blue sky on Mars". This implies that the rest of the movie is just Quaid's hallucination & that he had to be lobotomized in the end.
A scientist in the background is uploading Quaid's dream sequence & says "that's a new one... blue sky on Mars". This implies that the rest of the movie is just Quaid's hallucination & that he had to be lobotomized in the end.

: Dr. Edgemar tries to convince Quaid (Schwarzenegger) that everything he's experienced so far is just a dream. His reflection is not shown in the mirror to indicate that he's not on Quaid's side and that this is the real world.

1 - The name on the passport used in the Mars spaceport scene is the real name of the actress who played that role.
The name on the passport used in the Mars spaceport scene is the real name of the actress who played that role.
1 - In order to make a sale, the Rekall salesman shows Quaid a graph that shows that Rekall has a steady predicted fatality rate whereas Shuttle fatalities are predicted to increase exponentially
In order to make a sale, the Rekall salesman shows Quaid a graph that shows that Rekall has a steady predicted fatality rate whereas Shuttle fatalities are predicted to increase exponentially
1 - Near the end, after just being ambushed, he quickly checks her hand for the scar to make sure she's the real one.
Near the end, after just being ambushed, he quickly checks her hand for the scar to make sure she's the real one.
1 - Barack Obama is on the $50 Bill when Douglas Quaid is emptying out his safety deposit box.
Barack Obama is on the $50 Bill when Douglas Quaid is emptying out his safety deposit box.
1 - [Detail] In Total Recall (1990), you can see that humans had to blast/cut through the alien tech to get inside.
[Detail] In Total Recall (1990), you can see that humans had to blast/cut through the alien tech to get inside.

A Rekall technician can be heard saying "That's a new one, Blue Sky on Mars." This alludes to what happens in the ending, and it could all be a dream.

1 - When Benny, the fake taxi driver, is killed by Quaide, the viewer experiences extreme happiness because Benny was a worthless piece of garbage that deserved worse. Rot in hell Benny. And your 5 kids too.
When Benny, the fake taxi driver, is killed by Quaide, the viewer experiences extreme happiness because Benny was a worthless piece of garbage that deserved worse. Rot in hell Benny. And your 5 kids too.
Total Recall poster
Total Recall poster

Total Recall Plot

When a man goes for virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real - or is he?

Cast and Details

Here are the full cast and crew of Total Recall. The goofs, crazy credits, and trivia they have performed may have not taken your attention. Some are hidden for a reason, while others randomly forgotten.

Genre Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Director Paul Verhoeven
Stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin, Sharon Stone, Ronny Cox
IMDB score 7.5