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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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Director:
Writers:
Stanley R. Greenberg (screenplay)
Harry Harrison (novel)
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Release Date:
9 May 1973 (USA) See more »
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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 »
NewsDesk:
(159 articles)
Review: 'Tomorrowland' offers a dull and oddly preachy vision of the future
 (From Hitfix. 17 May 2015, 2:00 PM, PDT)

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remember, before Star Wars, when sci-fi was smart? See more (231 total) »

Cast

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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
 
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
Charles Braverman .... director: opening montage (uncredited)
Charlsie Bryant .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Glenn Shahan .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
97 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
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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

Did You Know?

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:
Referenced in Thirst (1979)See more »
Soundtrack:
Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op.68: 'Pastoral': I. Allegro ma non TroppoSee more »

FAQ

Why does Shirl have sex with Thorn when she barely knows him?
How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
The opening montage was brilliant! Who is responsible for it?
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132 out of 198 people found the following review useful.
remember, before Star Wars, when sci-fi was smart?, 1 July 2004
Author: dr_foreman from Brooklyn, NY

Soylent Green IS...a really good movie, actually.

I never would've thought it. I don't really like Heston in his sci-fi efforts. He's one of those actors who, like Superman, manages to come across all sneery and invincible most of the time. I prefer more vulnerable heroes. And indeed, he sneers his way through much of Soylent Green, too, but as he's supposed to be playing an overconfident bully I don't really mind.

I can understand why some people would turn their noses up at this movie. Soylent Green makes no effort whatsoever to create futuristic visuals (what do you know - it looks just like 1973), and it's lacking in action. But I admired the film's vision of a complex, corrupt, and highly stratified society, and I was so pleased to see that Edward G. Robinson had such a moving, funny final role. Nice little character moments - like when he shares some precious food with Heston - really make the movie.

The message of Soylent Green is pretty relevant these days, when nobody seems to know what the hell the government or corporations are up to. Funny, isn't it, to see Heston in a prototype Michael Moore movie...

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