An idyllic sci-fi future has one major drawback: life must end at the age of 30.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Holly (as Farrah Fawcett-Majors)
Randolph Roberts ...
Mary 2
Laura Hippe ...
Woman Customer
Camilla Carr ...
Greg Lewis ...
Cub (as Gregg Lewis)


It's 2274 and on the surface, it all seems to be an idyllic society. Living in a city within an enclosed dome, there is little or no work for humans to perform and inhabitants are free to pursue all of the pleasures of life. There is one catch however: your life is limited and when you reach 30, it is terminated in a quasi-religious ceremony known as Carousel. Some, known as runners, do try to escape their fate when the time comes and it's the job of Sandmen to track them down and kill them. Logan is such a man and with several years before his own termination date, thinks nothing of the job he does. Soon after meeting a young woman, Jessica-6, he is ordered to become a runner himself and infiltrate a community outside the dome known as Sanctuary and to destroy it. Pursued by his friend Francis, also a Sandman, Logan and Jessica find their way to the outside. There they discover a beautiful, virtually uninhabited world. Logan realizes that he must return to the dome to tell them what ... Written by garykmcd

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Welcome to the 23rd century. A perfect world of total pleasure. ...there's just one catch. See more »


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Release Date:

23 June 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Flucht ins 23. Jahrhundert  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)


$25,000,000 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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William F. Nolan was very unhappy with the film. See more »


Toward the end of the film when the city is being destroyed we see a man fall from the 2nd floor. A lit mall "EXIT" sign can be seen behind him. See more »


[first lines]
Logan: [tapping on a glass window of maternity room] Wake up.
Francis 7: Logan, you are here. I couldn't believe it when they told me. What are you doing?
Logan: [indicates baby] Logan 6. Well it's not everyday that they authorize a new sandman. I tell you Francis,
[indicating baby]
Logan: that's him.
Francis 7: Well maybe, maybe not. What does it matter? Anyway, he isn't yours anymore.
Logan: [continues tapping lightly on the glass]
Francis 7: All right, you want me to wake him?
[bangs loudly on the glass with his baton]
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Referenced in In Time (2011) See more »

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Awesome Sci-Fi 70's Flick
15 July 2005 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

This movie left a lasting impression because the story and concept are fantastic and the lead characters did a great job. The campy feel of the technology does not deter from the impact of this ageless film. People today tend to get hung-up on technology and forget the value of the story and the acting. I believe a lot of viewers today probably will not understand this film, and people who didn't get it back in the 70's probably still don't get it. The social statement is so true it's not even funny. We do not like old people. Just look around at print media, advertising, Hollywood, music, or sports. We treat older people like the plague.

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