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Soylent Green (1973)

PG | | Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 9 May 1973 (USA)
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In the world ravaged by the greenhouse effect and overpopulation, an NYPD detective investigates the murder of a big company CEO.

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Richard Fleischer

Writers:

Stanley R. Greenberg (screenplay), Harry Harrison (novel)
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In a futuristic, overpopulated world, mankind strives to come up with a new food source.

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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
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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

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


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Country:

USA

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

9 May 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Make Room! Make Room! See more »

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Mono

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Color (Metrocolor)

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2.35 : 1
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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 »

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Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op.68: 'Pastoral': I. Allegro ma non Troppo
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But what about Soylent Red?
19 August 2017 | by VartiainenSee all my reviews

It's the year 2022 and the world has fallen into chaos. Greenhouse gases have lead to widespread global warming, overpopulation and the fall of living standards. Humanity has to survive with the food they manage scrape together from the oceans and waste heaps. Enter the Soylent Corporation, the foremost provider of foodstuff.

The film follows a corrupt cop named Frank Thorn (Charlton Heston), who investigates the death of William R. Simonson (Joseph Cotten), one of the wealthiest men in the nation. In the process we explore the world of Soylent and ponder the mysteries of just how much we're filling to bend for such basic commodities such as food or shower or soft bed.

One of the people laying the theme thick on you is Thorn's roommate and investigative partner Sol Roth (Edward G. Robinson), a man old enough to remember the good old days when you could eat red meat, drink beer and not worry about the sun burning the skin right off your bones. Very nice role and the one with the best scenes in the film.

As a whole the film is a nostalgic cult classic from the 70s. The themes and problems have certain patina to them, but at the same time they're closer to us than they've ever been. It's only five years to the events of this film and while we're not quite there, thankfully, the situation hasn't exactly improved since the 70s.

Well worth a watch for fans of older science fiction. Good characters, interesting world and that end twist. It's hard to ask for more.


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