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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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The pencils that Thorn gives Sol are Palomino Blackwings, as distinctive by the gold colored flat eraser end. These pencils are highly sought after and considered to be excellent pencils. Notable users of Blackwings include: writer John Steinbeck, animator Chuck Jones, author Truman Capote, composer Johnny Mercer, composer Quincy Jones, author E.B. White, and animator Don Bluth. 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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Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op.74: 'Pathetique': I. Adagio - Allegro non Troppo
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a great surprise - highly enjoyable.
13 April 2004 | by (Chester, England) – See all my reviews

I watched this film sort of by accident, having bought it as the B side on The Omega Man DVD. The Omega Man was a bit of a disappointment - except for the beginning, which was clearly the inspiration for 28 Days Later, the rest of it is just the stuff of TV movies. But Soylent Green is in a whole other league. I bet this is one of Tarantino's favourites. There are at least 3 scenes in the film that I've never seen anything like before. Heston casually getting into bed with the "furniture" while discussing something else completely unrelated! A whole crowd of people being scooped up by a fleet of mechanical diggers! A priest taking confession and being shot by the confessor. Ok maybe that's been done since - but there aren't many films that are so consistently original like this. And what the heck is going on between Heston and Edward G. Robinson? Is this the most unlikely gay couple ever, or what? Luckily, I saw this film without knowing the ending - which apparently is rare. Then I watched it again, and enjoyed all the little clues that make the long early scenes worthwhile. A very nice script - and some great sets too. Just when you thought you'd seen everything . . .


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