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Soylent Green (1973)

 -  Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller  -  9 May 1973 (USA)
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With the world ravaged by the greenhouse effect and overpopulation, an NYPD detective investigates the murder of a CEO with ties to the world's main food supply.

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In 2022, Earth is overpopulated and totally polluted; the natural resources have been exhausted and the nourishment of the population is provided by Soylent Industries, a company that makes a food consisting of plankton from the oceans. In New York, when Soylent's member of the board William R. Simonson is murdered apparently by a burglar at the Chelsea Towers West where he lives, efficient Detective Thorn is assigned to investigate the case with his partner Solomon "Sol" Roth. Thorn comes to the fancy apartment and meets Simonson's bodyguard Tab Fielding and the "furniture" (woman that is rented together with the flat) Shirl and the detective concludes that the executive was not victim of burglary but executed. Further, he finds that the Governor Santini and other powerful men want to disrupt and end Thorn's investigation. But Thorn continues his work and discovers a bizarre and disturbing secret of the ingredient used to manufacture Soylent Green. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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It's the year 2022... People are still the same. They'll do anything to get what they need. And they need SOYLENT GREEN. See more »


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Martha's small jar of strawberry jam was said to cost $150. After adjusting for 40 years of inflation (from 1972 when this movie was filmed), that would be equivalent to $750 now in 2012. See more »

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This movie deals with the theme of "What would happen with an overpopulated Earth?" Throughout the film, people vie to get their hands on the Soylent Green product because food is in very short supply, as we can see during several scenes. Sol even talks about when grocery stores had eggs, butter, etc, and even strawberries, which are now at $150 per jar. With Soylent Green being introduced as the newest food product, it raises the question of what people were eating prior to this. Usually, runaway populations are curbed by the lack of food and water. Since Soylent Green is now available, it apparently solves the food supply issues, but it begs this question: Where did the people of overpopulated Earth get their food and water beforehand? Wouldn't most of the population have starved to death? See more »

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Far deeper and intelligent than what first meets the eye
19 July 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a brilliant sci-fi movie that is very strange in how men and women both view the same film. I have talked to many people about the film and almost every guy loved it and said it was brilliant--while most women thought it was just disgusting and stupid! This is the only movie I know of that has such polarized views based on gender. Perhaps many women just have a lower tolerance for disgusting or depressing plots--but whatever the cause, I have always found this difference fascinating.

The film begins with a murder and a subsequent investigation headed by Charlton Heston. This is set in the near future and the head of the huge international Soylent Corporation has been assassinated. As the film unfolds, you quickly realize this is a terrible and highly inequitable future American society. The rich live in gorgeous apartments with security and all the pleasures money can buy(including "furniture"--a euphemism for paid mistresses that come along with the apartment). At the same time, the masses are dirt poor, unemployed and in many cases living in abandoned cars or apartment hallways. Overpopulation and smog have taken a severe toll and the future looks awful indeed!

Why the rich man died and the awful truth he could not live with I really should NOT discuss--it could ruin the film for you. However, the film has a great plot and acting and is super-exciting to watch. Plus, it features Edward G. Robinson in his final screen performance as the crusty sidekick to Heston. Though not for the easily depressed or squeamish, this is a great sci-fi film that is allegorical and profound.


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