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Soylent Green -- This is the year 2022. Overcrowding, pollution, and resource depletion have reduced society's leaders to finding food for the teeming masses. The answer is Soylent Green.
Soylent Green -- Trailer for this classic sci-fi thriller


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Stanley R. Greenberg (screenplay)
Harry Harrison (novel)
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Release Date:
9 May 1973 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Far deeper and intelligent than what first meets the eye See more (232 total) »


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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
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
Charles Braverman .... director: opening montage (uncredited)
Charlsie Bryant .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Glenn Shahan .... unit publicist (uncredited)
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97 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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

Did You Know?

A sign saying "Green Day" appears in the film. Some people suggest that this is where the rock group got their name from. The font on the store-front window matches that used on Green Day's Uno, Dos, and Tres albums.See more »
Continuity: Thorn and Roth share a small apartment in a tenement stuffed with people, many of whom live in the hallways and stairwells. When Roth makes the stew, there's no apparent reaction by anyone to the odor of what must have been the first meal cooked inside the building in many years.See more »
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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:
Referenced in Welcome to Eltingville (2002) (TV)See more »
Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Op.46: I. 'Morning'See more »


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67 out of 87 people found the following review useful.
Far deeper and intelligent than what first meets the eye, 19 July 2006
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

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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