A nightmarish futuristic fantasy about the controlling power of big corporations and an innocent cop who stumbles on the truth.

Director:

Richard Fleischer

Writers:

Stanley R. Greenberg (screenplay), Harry Harrison (novel)
Reviews
Popularity
2,363 ( 627)
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlton Heston ... Detective Thorn
Leigh Taylor-Young ... Shirl
Chuck Connors ... Tab Fielding
Joseph Cotten ... William R. Simonson
Brock Peters ... Chief Hatcher
Paula Kelly ... Martha
Edward G. Robinson ... Sol Roth
Stephen Young ... Gilbert
Mike Henry ... Kulozik
Lincoln Kilpatrick ... The Priest
Roy Jenson ... Donovan
Leonard Stone ... Charles
Whit Bissell ... Gov. Santini
Celia Lovsky ... The Exchange Leader
Dick Van Patten ... Usher #1
Edit

Storyline

In 2022, Earth is overpopulated and totally polluted; the natural resources have been exhausted and the nourishment of the population is provided by Soylent Industries, a company that makes a food consisting of plankton from the oceans. In New York City, when Soylent's member of the board William R. Simonson is murdered apparently by a burglar at the Chelsea Towers West where he lives, efficient Detective Thorn is assigned to investigate the case with his partner Solomon "Sol" Roth. Thorn comes to the fancy apartment and meets Simonson's bodyguard Tab Fielding and the "furniture" (woman that is rented together with the flat) Shirl and the detective concludes that the executive was not victim of burglary but executed. Further, he finds that the Governor Santini and other powerful men want to disrupt and end Thorn's investigation. But Thorn continues his work and discovers a bizarre and disturbing secret of the ingredient used to manufacture Soylent Green. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

People need it...in the year 2022. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

William R. Simonson was born in 1954. See more »

Goofs

Tab Fielding twice uses a pistol with a silencer attached. The pistol is a .38 caliber, Smith & Wesson Police Special - a revolver. Silencers do not work on a revolver; the gap between the cylinder and the barrel will release the sound of the gunshot. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Voice over PA: First stage removal. First stage removal. Streets prohibited to non-permits in one hour. Streets prohibited to non-permits in one hour.
See more »

Alternate Versions

Deleted scene: When Tab Fielding (Chuck Connors) goes shopping with Shirl, he is mugged, and wins the fight. This scene was filmed, but deleted. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Destroy All Humans! (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Trio in E-flat K. 498 'Kegelstatt': I. Andante
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
See more »

User Reviews

An Interesting Concept
13 July 2003 | by SargebriSee all my reviews

This was a fairly interesting film when it first came out. I showed what the world could look like in the near future if population growth went unchecked and the awful consequences we would pay. The story itself was fairly engrossing especially the climax of the film as Thorn finds out the real source of the miracle food. But, perhaps the most memorable aspect of this film was that this was the final film of the late great Edward G. Robinson. He gave a fine performance as Saul, and his death scene was very touching, even for a movie like this.


14 of 30 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 305 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

HBOMAX | Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

9 May 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Make Room! Make Room! See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed