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Electronic Labyrinth THX 1138 4EB (1967)

While monitored and pursued, a man races to escape through a futuristic labyrinth.

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Complete credited cast:
Dan Nachtsheim ...
1138 (as Dan Natchsheim)
Joy Carmichael ...
7117
David Munson ...
2222
Marvin Bennett ...
0480
Ralph Stell ...
9021
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The story is set in a futursitic society somwhat similar to George Orwell's 1984. People are identified by 4 digit numbers rather than names and all their movements are under constant scrutiny via computerized cameras. The story revolves around one man (1138) trying to escape from the system. The number of the leader of this society is 0000. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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The title character is always referred to by his full name spoken one character at a time: either 1) Tee, aich, eks, one, one, three, eight, four, ee, bee - 2) the "one, one" spoken as "eleven" or "one, one" is apparently incorrectly spoken as a single "one" In the remake he is usually called just "Thex" as a phonetic pronunciation of the THX prefix. See more »

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During the credits where George Lucas is mentioned as the director, a piece of transparent tape is visible on the left side of the screen. See more »


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Still I'm Sad
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Performed by The Yardbirds
Written by Paul Samwell-Smith and Jim McCarty
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Eyewitness account of THX becoming a feature from the short.
10 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The film departments of UCLA and Southern California University had an annual film competition for students from both schools at a time when they and New York University were about the only schools in the country offering a degree in cinema. In 1967, I attended the showing at UCLA's Royce Hall, and George Lucas's THX-1138 was a standout work among many very good ones. Not only was it the audience's favorite, but the judges awarded it best picture. Lucas was called to the podium to accept his award. He seemed nervous and shy at the microphone, but then startled as he was interrupted at the microphone, apparently a surprise to all on stage, by a lawyer from Warner Brothers who announced that Warners was offering whoever won the competition the opportunity to turn it into a feature. That was of course George. It seemed an eternity while he stood speechless, mouth open. Warners already had the young Francis Ford Coppola under contract, so they assigned him as producer to George. I then saw the resulting feature "THX 1138" in 1971 at a theater in Hollywood. It was not great commercial success, but as we all know, the success of the George Lucas career is legendary.


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