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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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John Keenan
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Andy Wolf
Mark Persons ...
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Steven Brown ...
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Cheryl Sparks ...
Drone
Larry Whisenhunt ...
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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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Drama | Sci-Fi

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10 March 1972 (USA)  »

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Running Silent  »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

ESP 21,077,972 (Spain)
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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)

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The model of the "Valley Forge" space freighter was 26 feet in length and was constructed of steel, wood, plastic, and over 650 army tank model kits. This model no longer exists, as it was disassembled and destroyed several years after filming. At least one original "dome" from the model has survived in good condition, and was offered on an Internet auction site in 2003 - it sold for $11,000, and currently rests in a science fiction museum in Seattle, Washington, USA. See more »

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Right after Lowell kills Keenan, Keenan visibly breathes with his chest still rising and falling. See more »

Quotes

Freeman Lowell: [after accidentally hit the drone] Huey, I thought I told you to stay in the forest.
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Rejoice in the Sun
Lyrics by Diane Lampert
Music by Peter Schickele
Sung by Joan Baez
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So good - please watch.
14 November 2004 | by (Brighton) – See all my reviews

Maybe one of the most moving things about this film is the fact that the drones (small droids) give such powerful performances without ever being able to utter a word. Maybe a "nod" in some ways to the days of the silent movie. The environmental message is as powerful today as it was in 1972.

An extremely good yet brief film that I felt I had to comment upon it. Enjoyed the hippy theme tune as well just because it fitted right in. These types of film are rare but precious. I remember watching this as a child and it had an impact on me then so I thought I should revisit the piece 20 years later. Absolutely not disappointed.


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