It's 2274, and on the surface, it all seems to be an idyllic society. Living in a city within an enclosed dome, there is little or no work for humans to perform, and inhabitants are free to pursue all of the pleasures of life. There is one catch however: your life is limited and when you reach thirty, it is terminated in a quasi-religious ceremony known as "carrousel". Some, known as "runners", try to escape their fate when the time comes, and it's the job of Sandmen to track them down and kill them. Logan (Michael York) is such a man, and with several years before his own termination date, thinks nothing of the job he does. Soon after meeting a young woman, Jessica-6 (Jenny Agutter), he is ordered to become a runner and infiltrate a community outside the dome known as "Sanctuary" and to destroy it. Pursued by his friend Francis (Richard Jordan), also a Sandman, Logan and Jessica find their way to the outside. There, they discover a beautiful, virtually uninhabited world. Logan ...Written by
In 1997, Warner Brothers announced a re-adaptation of the source novel with Leonardo DiCaprio, which would have allowed the age limit to revert back to twenty-one, as it was in the book, but it was cancelled. See more »
The City's Computer commands 'Logan 5' to approach and identify before he is identified, and calls him 'Logan 5' one more time before he identifies, thus calling him by his identity twice before he is identified. Francis had to place his palm on the identifier to be identified before Logan went in. See more »
[tapping on a glass window of maternity room]
Logan, you are here. I couldn't believe it when they told me. What are you doing?
Logan 6. Well it's not everyday that they authorize a new sandman. I tell you Francis,
Well maybe, maybe not. What does it matter? Anyway, he isn't yours anymore.
[continues tapping lightly on the glass]
All right, you want me to wake him?
[bangs loudly on the glass with his baton]
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Scenes edited out:
The Francis Hunt: The original opening scene had Francis 7 hunting a runner and shooting him backwards into a water fountain to applause from the onlookers.
Box carving an ice sculpture of Logan and Jessica. This was removed as they were fondling each other in a lovers' embrace and this would have meant an R rating in the USA.
Francis and Logan meeting a woman on Lastday. They casually chat about it and this illustrates the society's indifference to death.
Longer, racier version of sequence involving characters passing through an orgy shop.
Logan (Michael York) is a Sandman, someone who kills all those who refuse to sacrifice themselves on their 30th birthday. But when his clock starts ticking, Logan and Jessica (Jenny Agutter) make a run for it.
I had seen this film in the mid-1990s for a class, and thought it was pretty good. Re-watching it now (2015), I can see why it is a science fiction classic, though some holes are now there. And I do not just mean plot holes (of which there are a few). The city exteriors are obviously a model, and it is almost humorous how easy it is to tell.
But the story is very good and now a part of pop culture. The two leads are great, and I wish Agutter had done more horror and sci-fi in the 70s/80s. Farrah Fawcett's role is small and sort of peculiar. Peter Ustinov is great, and nice comedic relief. Now sure what was up with all the nudity, but...
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