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Silent Running (1972)

GP  -  Drama | Sci-Fi  -  10 March 1972 (USA)
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In a future where all flora is extinct on Earth, an astronaut is given orders to destroy the last of Earth's botany, kept in a greenhouse aboard a spacecraft.

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In a future Earth barren of all flora and fauna, the planet's ecosystems exist only in large pods attached to spacecraft. When word comes in that the pods are to be jettisoned into space and destroyed, most of the crew of the Valley Forge rejoice at the prospect of going home. Not so for botanist Freeman Lowell who loves the forest and its creatures. He kills his colleagues taking the ship deep into space. Alone on the craft with his only companions being three small robots, Lowell revels in joys of nature. When colleagues appear to "rescue" him, he realizes he has only one option available to him. Written by garykmcd

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greenhouse | space | robot | forest | future | See more »

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Earth's last battle will be fought in space. See more »

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Drama | Sci-Fi

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10 March 1972 (USA)  »

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Running Silent  »

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$1,100,000 (estimated)

Gross:

ESP 21,077,972 (Spain)
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Trivia

The decommissioned Essex-class aircraft carrier "Valley Forge," a veteran of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, served as the interior of the space freighter "Valley Forge." The flight control area and hangar deck of the carrier were modified and painted to represent the space freighter in the film. The carrier was scrapped after filming was complete. See more »

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During the second Joan Baez song there is a brief shot of the Valley Forge turned around and traveling backward. See more »

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Freeman Lowell: [gesturing toward a picture] Look on the wall behind you. Look at that little girl's face. I know you've seen it. But you know what she's never going to be able to see? She's never going to be able to see the simple wonder of a leaf in her hand. Because theres not going to be any trees. Now you think about that.
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Edited into Zaum - Andare a parare: Lo spazio dell'orbita (2011) See more »

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Silent Running
Lyrics by Diane Lampert
Music by Peter Schickele
Sung by Joan Baez
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Unique and memorable science-fiction classic
8 February 2002 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

Sometime in the future all the forests on Earth have been destroyed. The last forests are transported in giant greenhouses aboard space ships near the planet Saturn. Freeman Lowell, crew member of the space vessel Valley Forge, is an outsider and the only one who cares about what is left of our planet's nature. When orders reach their vessel to destroy the forests, he goes mad. He kills off the other crew members and starts a lonely odyssey...

There's something to be learnt in this movie. More than 30 years old now, it stands the test of time with its message, as mankind is still working on what possibly could end in a scenario like this. Bruce Dern may be overacting in some scenes, but his character is still much more likeable than his crew comrades. Scenery and music are beautiful, fitting well to the dark, moving and unique story. And this is the movie that made "Star Wars" possible. Director Douglas Trumbull and other SFX masters like John Dykstra and Richard Yuricich were chosen to work on "Star Wars" because of the state-of-the-arts special effects they did for "Silent Running". In 1971, they were ahead of their time. In fact, they are easily as good as today's CGI effects, but much more memorable for their time. Even the droids that help Lowell are predecessors of the ones in "Star Wars"... A must-see movie for SF fans and everybody interested in Hollywood classics.


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