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Director:
Writers:
Stanley R. Greenberg (screenplay)
Harry Harrison (novel)
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Release Date:
9 May 1973 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
What is the secret of Soylent Green? See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
A classic even after 30 years See more (227 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Directed by
Richard Fleischer 
 
Writing credits
Stanley R. Greenberg (screenplay)

Harry Harrison (novel "Make Room! Make Room!")

Produced by
Walter Seltzer .... producer
Russell Thacher .... producer
 
Original Music by
Fred Myrow 
 
Cinematography by
Richard H. Kline (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Samuel E. Beetley 
 
Casting by
Jack Baur 
 
Art Direction by
Edward C. Carfagno 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert R. Benton  (as Robert Benton)
 
Costume Design by
Pat Barto 
 
Makeup Department
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Sherry Wilson .... hair styles
 
Production Management
Lloyd Anderson .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gene Marum .... second assistant director
Daniel McCauley .... assistant director (as Daniel S. McCauley)
 
Art Department
Terry Ballard .... property master
 
Sound Department
Harry W. Tetrick .... sound
Charles M. Wilborn .... sound
Van Allen James .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Robert R. Hoag .... special photographic effects
Augie Lohman .... special visual effects (as A. J. Lohman)
Matthew Yuricich .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Denny Arnold .... stunts (uncredited)
May Boss .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Canutt .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Joe Canutt .... stunt double: Charlton Heston (uncredited)
Larry Duran .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Jeannie Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Stephanie Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Tony Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Fritz Ford .... stunts (uncredited)
Ralph Garrett .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Kim Kahana .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank Orsatti .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Paul .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Verbois .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Verbois .... stunts: fall onto conveyor belt (uncredited)
Dick Warlock .... stunts (uncredited)
Ted White .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Williams .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Norman A. Burza .... costumer (as Norman Burza)
Betsy Cox .... costumer
 
Music Department
Gerald Fried .... conductor: symphony music
Harry Bluestone .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Larry Carlton .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Gene Cipriano .... musician (uncredited)
Victor Feldman .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Clare Fischer .... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Caesar Giovannini .... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Richard Hazard .... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Artie Kane .... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Lincoln Mayorga .... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Joe Porcaro .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Emil Richards .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Frank R. Bowerman .... technical consultant: Director of Environmental Engineering Programs, University of Southern California & President, American Academy of Environmental Engineers (as Professor Frank R. Bowerman)
Joe Canutt .... action sequence coordinator
Charlsie Bryant .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Glenn Shahan .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
97 min
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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:PG (TV rating) | Australia:M (original rating) | Canada:PG | Finland:K-18 | France:U | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:18 (1974) | Norway:16 (original rating) | Norway:15 (re-rating) | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | UK:15 (DVD rating) | UK:AA (original rating) | USA:PG | USA:TV-MA (TV rating) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
When Thorn informs the priest in the overcrowded church that Simonson is dead, the priest says, "There should be a requiem Mass, but there's no room. Should I make room?" This is a wink to the film's source material, the novel "Make Room! Make Room!" by Harry Harrison.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Thorn goes into the bedroom, the drink in his hand switches from a highball glass to a tumbler, then back to a highball glass.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Voice over PA:First stage removal. First stage removal. Streets prohibited to non-permits in one hour. Streets prohibited to non-permits in one hour.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Op.46: II. 'Aase Death'See more »

FAQ

How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
Is "Soylent Green" based on a book?
Why does Shirl have sex with Thorn when she barely knows him?
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139 out of 161 people found the following review useful.
A classic even after 30 years, 15 August 2003
Author: Loadmaster from Dallas, TX

This was Eddie Robinson's 101st film and his last, and he died of cancer nine days after shooting was complete. All of which makes his key scene in the movie all the more poignant.

Although some of the hair and clothing styles are a bit dated (also note the video game shown in the film), but the subject of the film is pretty much timeless. Heston said he had wanted to make the film for some time because he really believed in the dangers of overpopulation.

Several things make this film a classic. The story is solid.

The acting is top-notch, especially the interplay between Heston and Robinson, with nice performances also by Cotten and Peters.

The music is absolutely perfect. The medley of Beethoven, Grieg, and Tchaikovsky combined with the pastoral visual elements make for some truly moving scenes. This was the icing on the cake for the film.

And the theme (or the "point") of the film is a significant one. Yes, it's a film about overpopulation, but on a more important note it's a cautionary tale about what can go wrong with Man's stewardship of Earth. It's in the subtext that you find the real message of the film. Pay attention to what Sol says about the "old days" of the past (which is our present), and note how Thorn is incapable of comprehending what Sol is saying.

This film is one of my top sci-fi films of all time.

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