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THX 1138 -- A story of a computerized subterranean world, where sex is forbidden and emotions have been eradicated.
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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Release Date:
11 March 1971 (USA) See more »
Visit the future where love is the ultimate crime. See more »
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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Outstanding dystopian drama See more (203 total) »


  (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)

George Lucas (earlier screenplay)

George Lucas (screenplay) and
Walter Murch (screenplay)

Matthew Robbins  comic (uncredited)

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 
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)
Cheryl Nardi .... sound: 2004 director's cut (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Michael Muir .... technical director (directors cut)
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 (uncredited)
Hiroshi Mori .... digital artist (2004 director's cut) (uncredited)
Ken Nielsen .... technical director (special edition) (uncredited)
Ben O'Brien .... Sabre artist: ILM (2004 directors 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 directors cut) (uncredited)
Henry Preston .... CG supervisor (2004 director's cut) (uncredited)
Paul Sharpe .... digital artist (2004 special edition) (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)
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
Carl Bernstein .... thanks (as Cal Bernstein)
Caleb Deschanel .... thanks
Tom Myers .... Special Thanks to: 2004 director's cut
Cheryl Nardi .... Special Thanks to: 2004 director's cut
Peter Szewczyk .... special thanks
Haskell Wexler .... special thanks
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated R for some sexuality/nudity (2004 director's cut)
86 min | USA:88 min (director's cut) | USA:81 min (1971 Studio Theatrical Cut)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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:X (original rating) | 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?

George Lucas has worked the title of this film, or parts of it, in some of his other films. In American Graffiti (1973), the license plate of one car is "THX 138". In Star Wars (1977), a reference is made to "prison cell 1138". The cinema sound certification his company developed is called "THX".See more »
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 »
[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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Bitch Slap (2009)See more »
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What are the differences between the Original Version and the Director's Cut?
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83 out of 109 people found the following review useful.
Outstanding dystopian drama, 3 November 2004
Author: Framescourer from London, UK

I had to check the DVD case twice - made in 1970. The only thing that vaguely suggests the period in which the film was made are the blaxploitation-style TV/hologram shows, and I'm stretching for that one. Lucas' (and Ford Coppola's) realisation of this uniform future society is immaculately researched and presented in costume, lighting and shooting and - crucially - in content. The genius of this film is that a semblance of individual autonomy is maintained, from hideous confessional substitutes to the extraordinary, ambiguous and thoroughly depressing end. There's also humour and realism aplenty inamongst the surrealism of this futuristic vision. [There's also additional CGI towards the end, but I'll overlook this error of judgment]

A fine performance from Robert Duvall as the titular number is complemented by both Donald Pleasance (a less self-aware human compared to Duvall: heartbreaking) the upbeat Don Pedro Colley. Maggie McOmie's Luh manages to be breathtakingly beautiful in a sort of Midnight Express style haircut and uniform nurses fatigues and her requited love for Duvall sets up a long bitter fall after their separation.

If Ford Coppola saw technical competence and imagination in Lucas' student short, then he deserves recognition for assisting to turn this into such a convincing feature. I was expecting an esoteric exercise in technical experimentation and loopy sci-fi postualtion and got my existential insides kicked out instead. 8.5/10

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