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THX 1138 -- Set in the 25th century, the story centers around a man and a woman who rebel against their rigidly controlled society.
THX 1138 -- 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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Director:
Writers:
George Lucas (story)
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Release Date:
11 March 1971 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Visit the future where love is the ultimate crime. See more »
Plot:
Set in the 25th century, the story centers around a man and a woman who rebel against their rigidly controlled society. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(201 articles)
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Duvall ... THX

Donald Pleasence ... SEN

Don Pedro Colley ... SRT
Maggie McOmie ... LUH

Ian Wolfe ... PTO

Marshall Efron ... TWA

Sid Haig ... 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 ... Shell Dweller

Robert Feero ... Chrome Robot
Johnny Weissmuller Jr. ... Chrome Robot
Claudette Bessing ... ELC
Susan Stroh ... Control Officer (as Susan Baldwin)

James Wheaton ... OMM (voice)
Henry Jacobs ... Mark 8 Student
Bill Love ... Mark 8 Instructor
Doc Scortt ... Monk
Gary Austin ... Man in Yellow
Scott L. Menges ... Child #1
Toby L. Stearns ... Child #2
Paul K. Haje ... Trial Prosecutor
Ralph Chesse ... Trial Proctor
Dion M. Chesse ... Trial Defender

Bruce Chesse ... Trial Pontifex
Mello Alexandria ... Hologram Dancer
Brandyn Barbara Artis ... Hologram Dancer (as Barbara J. Artis)
Morris D. Erby ... Hologram Newscaster
Willie C. Barnes ... Hologram Comic
Richard Quinnell ... Hologram Comic
Jean M. Durand ... Hologram Listener
Scott Beach ... Announcer (voice)
Neva Beach ... Announcer (voice)

Terence McGovern ... Announcer (voice) (as Terrence McGovern)
Julie Payne ... Announcer (voice)
James Cranna ... Announcer (voice)
Ruth Silveira ... Announcer (voice)
Bruce Mackey ... Announcer (voice)

David Ogden Stiers ... Announcer (voice) (as David Ogden Steers)
Bart Patton ... Announcer (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Rigg ... Computer Operator (uncredited)
Matthew Robbins ... THX - End Scene (uncredited)

Directed by
George Lucas 
 
Writing credits
George Lucas (story by)

George Lucas (screenplay by) and
Walter Murch (screenplay by)

Produced by
Francis Ford Coppola .... executive producer
Edward Folger .... associate producer (as Ed Folger)
Larry Sturhahn .... producer (as Lawrence Sturhahn)
 
Original Music by
Lalo Schifrin 
 
Cinematography by
Albert Kihn (director of photography)
David Myers (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
George Lucas 
 
Casting by
Ann Brebner (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Michael D. Haller  (as Michael Haller)
 
Production Management
Al Locatelli .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Ted Moehnke .... property master
 
Sound Department
Jim Manson .... location sound
Walter Murch .... sound montage
Louis Yates .... location sound (as Lou Yates)
Tom Myers .... re-recording mixer (2004 director's cut) (uncredited)
Tom Myers .... sound designer (2004 director's cut) (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Brad Alexander .... lead visual effects artist (2004 director's cut) (uncredited)
John Andrew Berton Jr. .... visual effects supervisor (2004 director's cut) (uncredited)
Richard Bluff .... digital matte painter (2004 director's cut) (uncredited)
Dorian Bustamante .... visual effects (2004 director's cut) (uncredited)
Ian Christie .... digital effects artist (2004 director's cut) (uncredited)
Zachary Cole .... digital artist (2004 director's cut) (uncredited)
Lee Croft .... digital paint and rotoscope artist: ILM (2004 director's cut) (uncredited)
Chris Crowell .... digital compositor (2004 director's cut) (uncredited)
Sarahjane Javelo .... digital paint/rotoscope artist: ILM (2004 director's cut) (uncredited)
Ian Jenkins .... technical director: ILM (2004 director's cut) (uncredited)
Lars Jensvold .... visual effects editor (2004 director's cut) (uncredited)
Toan-Vinh Le .... digital artist (2004 director's cut) (uncredited)
Gary H. Lee .... visual effects (2004 director's cut) (uncredited)
Greg Maloney .... compositing supervisor: ILM (2004 director's cut) (uncredited)
Hiroshi Mori .... digital artist (2004 director's cut) (uncredited)
Michael Muir .... technical director (2004 director's cut) (uncredited)
Ken Nielsen .... technical director (2004 director's cut) (uncredited)
Ben O'Brien .... sabre artist: ILM (2004 director's cut) (uncredited)
Scott Palleiko .... technical director: ILM (2004 director's cut) (uncredited)
Brian Pohl .... digital artist (2004 director's cut) (uncredited)
Evan Pontoriero .... digital artist (2004 director's cut) (uncredited)
Henry Preston .... visual effects supervisor (2004 director's cut) (uncredited)
Paul Sharpe .... digital artist (2004 director's cut) (uncredited)
Peter Szewczyk .... visual effects artist (2004 director's cut) (uncredited)
Catherine Tate .... digital compositor: ILM (2004 director's cut) (uncredited)
Pat Tubach .... digital artist: ILM (2004 director's cut) (uncredited)
Eric Voegels .... digital artist: ILM (2004 director's cut) (uncredited)
Elbert Yen .... digital artist: ILM (2004 director's cut) (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Duffy Hambleton .... bike stunts (as Duffy Hamilton)
John Ward .... car stunts
Carey Loftin .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ned Kopp .... assistant camera
Stephen Lighthill .... assistant camera (as Steve Lighthill)
William Maley .... gaffer (as William Mayley)
Ken Phelps .... key grip
Bernie Abramson .... still photographer (uncredited)
Caleb Deschanel .... additional photographer (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Hal Barwood .... animator
 
Casting Department
Ronald Colby .... casting supervisor
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Donald Longhurst .... costumes
 
Editorial Department
Marcia Lucas .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Ray Brown .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Larry Bunker .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Carmine Coppola .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Victor Feldman .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Carl Fortina .... musician: accordion (uncredited)
Plas Johnson .... musician: woodwinds (uncredited)
Artie Kane .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Milton Kestenbaum .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Tommy Morgan .... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
Joe Porcaro .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Emil Richards .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Lalo Schifrin .... conductor (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... scoring mixer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Hal Barwood .... titles
George Burrafato .... production assistant
Lillian O. MacNeill .... continuity (as Lillian McNeil)
Nick Saxton .... production assistant
Stan Scholl .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Carl Bernstein .... thanks (as Cal Bernstein)
Caleb Deschanel .... thanks
Peter Szewczyk .... special thanks
Haskell Wexler .... special thanks
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

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MPAA:
Rated R for some sexuality/nudity (2004 director's cut)
Runtime:
86 min | USA:88 min (director's cut) | USA:81 min (1971 Studio Theatrical Cut)
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Australia:PG | Brazil:14 | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-11 (2004) (director's cut) | Germany:12 | Iceland:Unrated | Italy:VM14 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 (director's cut) | UK:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:12 (video) | UK:15 (video rating) (director's cut) (2004) | UK:15 (video rating) (1988-2003) | USA:R (2004 director's cut) | USA:GP (original rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The opening credits scroll down instead of up.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When THX is shouldered, naked, by the police in prison, we can see his short shorts tan line on his leg - pretty impossible for people in an underground city. (Unless, of course, there are solariums/tanning salons in the city.)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...
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "The Office: The Boat (#9.6)" (2012)See more »
Soundtrack:
St. Matthew PassionSee more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the Original Version and the Director's Cut?
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21 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Was loving it... was loving it... hated it., 6 August 2007
Author: rooprect from New York City

===EDIT: The following review was written before I knew the extent of the cgi doctoring that Lucas added recently. These are the "cheap action scenes" I'm talking about below. If you can find a copy of the original undoctored THX-1138, that's the one to watch.===

Aw man. This film had so much promise. It starts out abstract, minimalist, challenging and poetic. It gets deeper, more bizarre and artistic. But then it suddenly degenerates into a cheap action flick with hi-tech car chases, and it ends with the most simplistic, meaningless resolution. Total letdown.

It's as if Hamlet's famous soliloquy went:

"To be, or not to be: that is the question. Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows... and CARS! and MOTORCYCLES! and fast whizzy things BAM!! The End!!!!"

I suspect that Lucas began this film with a fantastic premise & with artistic intent, but then he suddenly realized "hey wait, I don't know what I'm doing. How do I end this damn thing?" True, it's an interesting dystopian drama. George must've been reading a lot of Kurt Vonnegut when he filmed this. Yes, it's very much in the style of 2001: A Space Odyssey. George must've been watching a lot of Kubrick. But that's where it ends. George fails to present anything original. And as it unravels into a simplistic action flick in the last 20 minutes, you realize that George has been fooling you for the last hour and a half. Literally, it ended, and I said out loud, "Uh... is this where Lucas got bored and stopped filming?"

Still, I have to give him an "A" for effort. Like most of the other reviewers, I was blown away by the fact that George Lucas was capable of this type of abstract poetry. With the exception of those cheezy action scenes (which I'm sure Lucas added ex post facto, like he did with Star Wars + CGI) it is reminiscent of the old Michael Crichton films (Andromeda Strain, Westworld) with maybe a dash of Rollerball.

The early 70s was a wonderful time for scifi, because all the directors were scrambling to emulate Kubrick's masterpiece. But like this film, the effort ran out of gas and eventually slumped into plot-driven cheese. What is so frustrating is that Lucas could have made something truly great if he had just followed up on Donald Pleasence's cryptic ramblings midway. Unfortunately, he chose to go in the other direction, and the film ends with no dialogue for the last 20 minutes. Instead we get a lot of (ex post facto CGI) special effects and chase scenes. What a shame. We literally see before our eyes the unfortunate turning point of Lucas' career.

In space, sometimes a nebula--for all its swirling promise--never quite consolidates itself into a star. This movie, like Lucas, like the failed nebula, is the big one that got away.

P.S. George, if you're listening, please stop adding "new" special effects to the old films! You're not impressing anyone. You & Ted Turner both...

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