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Silent Running

There aren't many science-fiction movies that will make you cry (bored to tears doesn't count, nor do tears of laughter).

Douglas Trumbull's much-loved 1972 classic comes with an emotional punch that's rare in the genre. After Easy Rider hit big, major studios were keen to invest modest sums on more unusual projects, so first-time director Trumbull shot his hippies into space. After spending five glorious years as a key special effects artist on 2001, he saw this as an opportunity to make a space movie full of the sort of passion and emotion that were absent from Kubrick's futuristic vision. Bruce Dern plays Freeman Lowell, one of a small team of astronauts charged with looking after the overpolluted Earth's remaining forests, which have been sealed into domes and sent orbiting Saturn. The complex geometrical design and model work is as dazzling as you'd expect from someone with Trumbull's technical credentials, »

- Phelim O'Neill

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