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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 »
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(161 articles)
User Reviews:
Huxley and Orwell meet the French New Wave 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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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 »
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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:
This film predicted separate television channels for violence, sex, comedy, and news. When the film was made in 1971, there were no dedicated channels for types of entertainment.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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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Elevator MusicSee more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the Original Version and the Director's Cut?
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33 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Huxley and Orwell meet the French New Wave, 18 September 2004
Author: grendelkhan from Xanadu

George Lucas has a fairly small body of work, as a director; and most of it is fairly simplistic, except this film. Lucas' first feature is steeped in the French New Wave mode of philosophical musings and strange visuals. Unfortunately, that doesn't necessarily make for an exciting film. However, there are enough intriguing ideas to sustain some interest, although you do have to fight off the boredom factor.

Lucas is, and has always been, a visual filmmaker. He is not great with actors and his films aren't noted for their performances, except American Graffiti. That was a more personal film, and Lucas probably had a clearer idea of the characters thoughts and emotions. Here, emotions are stifled by drugs and the wooden performances reinforce this.

According to Lucas, the film is the story of escape, told in three different forms: an escape from the drugs that keep people in check, an escape from a prison with no visible barriers, and an escape from the city itself. The final sequence contains most of the action, but is marred by the budget constraints.

Robert Duvall commands attention when he is on screen, but you never really feel like you get to know THX. Donald Pleasance, as SEN, provides a nice turn as the antagonist, of sorts. The rest of the cast is fairly forgettable, with only minor moments. The philosophical underpinnings of the film are often lost in pretension, the same flaw which hit the Matrix in its sequels. Lucas could have delivered his message in a far simpler fashion, probably with greater result. Still, the film does have its interesting moments and memorable ideas and images. The robot police are quite chilling, although they are used sparingly. The white prison is quite unsettling as well. The final escape is the most riveting sequence of the film.

The new DVD has Lucas' trademark tinkering. Only this time, the alterations help to add scope to the film. The city scenes are expanded to add complexity to the environment that was missing in the original. There are no fundamental story changes, as in the Star Wars Special Edition (Greedo shoots first). The commentary and featurettes help the viewer to understand the intent of the story and help to establish the context in which it was made. Lucas makes a statement that he would like to return to this kind of film. Given the disappointing nature of the Star Wars prequels, I wouldn't mind seeing Lucas take another crack at a more cerebral sci-fi story. My only request is that he works with a great scriptwriter.

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