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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)
George Lucas (earlier screenplay)
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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:
2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
George Lucas presents a grim Kubrick-style vision of the future - "Star Wars" fans will be surprised! See more (186 total) »

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 Baldwin ... Control Officer

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)
 
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)
 
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
Steve Lighthill .... assistant camera
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)
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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: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?

Trivia:
The music playing during the end credits is the first movement from Johann Sebastian Bach's St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244.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...
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Soundtrack:
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What are the differences between the Original Version and the Director's Cut?
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53 out of 66 people found the following review useful.
George Lucas presents a grim Kubrick-style vision of the future - "Star Wars" fans will be surprised!, 12 February 2005
Author: MovieAddict2014 from UK

This is simply a solid, well-made film, produced on a low budget and directed by George Lucas based on his early student film of (roughly) the same title. (Which is included on the Director's Cut edition of the DVD.) Fans of "A Clockwork Orange," "1984," "Brazil," and similar films about oppressive bureaucracies will love this. It's a grim and gritty vision of the future in which people are controlled and monitored (think Big Brother on a large scale). Robert Duvall (THX 1138 being his "assigned name") breaks the laws of the world by falling in love, engaging in sex and therefore rebelling, placing him and his love in danger.

This is a very clear moral story and allusion to politics and so on and so forth. It excels as both story and study. Duvall gives a good performance (his breakthrough role in "The Godfather" would come next year) but the real surprise here is Lucas, who goes for a Kubrick-like edge to his film that really separates it from his later work. You won't believe this is from the guy who created Jar-Jar Binks.

If anyone accuses George Lucas of being the schmaltzy sell-out he has now become, direct them to this film in order to prove that, at one point in his life, he really did have a bleak outlook on life and the future, and it didn't start with the words "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...".

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