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Set in the 25th century, the story centers around a man and a woman who rebel against their rigidly controlled society.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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THX
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SEN
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SRT
Maggie McOmie ...
LUH
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PTO
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TWA
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NCH
John Pearce ...
DWY
Irene Cagen ...
IMM (as Irene Forrest)
Gary Alan Marsh ...
CAM
John Seaton ...
OUE
Eugene I. Stillman ...
JOT
Jack Walsh ...
TRG (as Raymond J. Walsh)
Mark Lawhead ...
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Chrome Robot
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In an undefined future, a dystopian underground society is oriented to production and consumption in the malls. The population is controlled by drugs and people do not feel affection or sympathy for others. Sexual intercourse is absolutely forbidden and roommates are chosen by a computer. Faceless androids are responsible for the surveillance of the behavior of the dwellers and people pray in Unichapels for their god OMM 0910 that responds through recorded electronic messages. The worker THX 1138 handles radioactive materials in a factory and lives with his roommate LUH 3417. When she decides to stop using drugs, she becomes lucid and replaces the drugs of her partner for harmless pills. THX becomes emotional again and falls in love with LUH. He plans to escape with LUH to the superstructure, where they expect to live in freedom. But when SEN 5241 manipulates the computer to live with THX, he reports a complaint to the authorities and SEN is arrested. When THX commits a mistake in his... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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11 March 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

THX-1138  »

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$777,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The image of OMM in the confessional booths is a cropped image of Hans Memling's painting, 'Christ Giving His Blessing', dated 1481. See more »

Goofs

During the car chase, THX's car is shown from the front stopping in the right-hand lane of two. A subsequent shot showing a monitor has the car from the rear, stopped in the left-hand lane. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Male voice (medicine cabinet): What's wrong?
THX 1138: Nothing. Nothing really. I just feel that I need something stronger.
Male voice (medicine cabinet): If you have a problem, don't hesitate to ask for assistance.
THX 1138: Yes, thank you, I'll be alright.
Male voice (medicine cabinet): Call 3485...
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Crazy Credits

The Warner Bros. logo is preceded by a trailer for a Buck Rogers serial (or in early versions, a one-minute scene from Things to Come (1936)). See more »


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Elevator Music
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from the Miracle in the Rain (1956) score
Composed by Franz Waxman
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A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...
12 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

... George Lucas made a thoughtful, intelligent movie called THX 1138.

Those who prefer space opera to genuine science fiction will be disappointed. "Was he on drugs?" some will wonder. "Why WASN'T he on drugs?" others will protest.

The future dystopia is a staple of the science fiction genre, including such greats as Fritz Lang's "Metropolis," Truffaut's adaptation of Bradbury's "Farenheit 451," and Jean Luc Godard's "Alphaville." THX 1138 belongs in this group of classics.

If you are enough of an immature male to truly enjoy Lucas's interminable "Star Wars" series, you probably will be bored to death with THX 1138. It's most significant special effects generator was the hair clipper used to give all the actors, male and female, that classic antiseptic skinhead look. Nevertheless, it is as socially and intellectually relevant today as it was when Lucas made it back in 1971 -- and, sadly, probably far MORE relevant.

Try it. You just might wish he'd done more like this.


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