THX 1138 ()

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In the 25th century, a time when people have designations instead of names, a man, THX 1138, and a woman, LUH 3417, rebel against their rigidly controlled society.


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Marshall Efron ...
Irene Cagen ...
IMM (as Irene Forrest)
Gary Alan Marsh ...
John Seaton ...
Eugene I. Stillman ...
Jack Walsh ...
TRG (as Raymond J. Walsh)
Mark Lawhead ...
Shell Dweller
Chrome Robot
Chrome Robot
Claudette Bessing ...
Susan Stroh ...
Control Officer (as Susan Baldwin)
OMM (voice)
Henry Jacobs ...
Mark 8 Student
Bill Love ...
Mark 8 Instructor
Doc Scortt ...
Man in Yellow
Scott L. Menges ...
Child #1
Toby L. Stearns ...
Child #2
Paul K. Haje ...
Trial Prosecutor
Ralph Chesse ...
Trial Proctor
Dion M. Chesse ...
Trial Defender
Trial Pontifex
Mello Alexandria ...
Hologram Dancer
Brandyn Barbara Artis ...
Hologram Dancer (as Barbara J. Artis)
Morris D. Erby ...
Hologram Newscaster
Willie C. Barnes ...
Hologram Comic
Richard Quinnell ...
Hologram Comic
Jean M. Durand ...
Hologram Listener
Scott Beach ...
Announcer (voice)
Neva Beach ...
Announcer (voice)
Announcer (voice) (as Terrence McGovern)
Julie Payne ...
Announcer (voice)
James Cranna ...
Announcer (voice)
Ruth Silveira ...
Announcer (voice)
Bruce Mackey ...
Announcer (voice)
Announcer (voice) (as David Ogden Steers)
Bart Patton ...
Announcer (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dennis Falt ...
Citizen (uncredited)
Computer Operator (uncredited)
Matthew Robbins ...
THX - End Scene (uncredited)

Directed by

George Lucas

Written by

George Lucas ... (story by)
George Lucas ... (screenplay by) and
Walter Murch ... (screenplay by)

Produced by

Francis Ford Coppola ... executive producer
Edward Folger ... associate producer (as Ed Folger)
Larry Sturhahn ... producer (as Lawrence Sturhahn)

Music by

Lalo Schifrin

Cinematography by

Albert Kihn ... director of photography
David Myers ... director of photography

Editing by

George Lucas

Editorial Department

Marcia Lucas ... assistant editor

Casting By

Ann Brebner ... (uncredited)

Art Direction by

Michael D. Haller ... (as Michael Haller)

Production Management

Al Locatelli ... production manager (uncredited)

Art Department

Ted Moehnke ... property master

Sound Department

Jim Manson ... location sound
Walter Murch ... sound montage
Louis Yates ... location sound (as Lou Yates)
Tom Myers ... re-recording mixer (uncredited) (2004 director's cut) / sound designer (uncredited) (2004 director's cut)

Visual Effects by

Brad Alexander ... lead visual effects artist (uncredited) (2004 director's cut)
John Andrew Berton Jr. ... visual effects supervisor (uncredited) (2004 director's cut)
Richard Bluff ... digital matte painter: ILM (uncredited) (2004 director's cut)
Dorian Bustamante ... visual effects (uncredited) (2004 director's cut)
Ian Christie ... digital effects artist (uncredited) (2004 director's cut)
Zachary Cole ... digital artist (uncredited) (2004 director's cut)
Lee Croft ... digital paint and rotoscope artist: ILM (uncredited) (2004 director's cut)
Chris Crowell ... digital compositor (uncredited) (2004 director's cut)
Shawn Hillier ... digital artist: ILM (uncredited) (2004 director's cut)
Sarahjane Javelo ... digital paint/rotoscope artist: ILM (uncredited) (2004 director's cut)
Ian Jenkins ... technical director: ILM (uncredited) (2004 director's cut)
Lars Jensvold ... visual effects editor (uncredited) (2004 director's cut)
Toan-Vinh Le ... digital artist (uncredited) (2004 director's cut)
Gary H. Lee ... visual effects (uncredited) (2004 director's cut)
Greg Maloney ... compositing supervisor: ILM (uncredited) (2004 director's cut)
Hiroshi Mori ... digital artist (uncredited) (2004 director's cut)
Michael Muir ... technical director (uncredited) (2004 director's cut)
Ken Nielsen ... technical director (uncredited) (2004 director's cut)
Ben O'Brien ... sabre artist: ILM (uncredited) (2004 director's cut)
Scott Palleiko ... technical director: ILM (uncredited) (2004 director's cut)
Brian Pohl ... digital artist (uncredited) (2004 director's cut)
Evan Pontoriero ... digital artist (uncredited) (2004 director's cut)
Henry Preston ... visual effects supervisor (uncredited) (2004 director's cut)
Paul Sharpe ... digital artist (uncredited) (2004 director's cut)
Peter Szewczyk ... visual effects artist (uncredited) (2004 director's cut)
Catherine Tate ... digital compositor: ILM (uncredited) (2004 director's cut)
Paul Theren ... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Patrick Tubach ... digital artist: ILM (uncredited) (2004 director's cut)
Eric Voegels ... digital artist: ILM (uncredited) (2004 director's cut)
Elbert Yen ... digital artist: ILM (uncredited) (2004 director's cut)


Duffy Hambleton ... bike stunts (as Duffy Hamilton)
John Ward ... car stunts
Carey Loftin ... stunt coordinator (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Ned Kopp ... assistant camera
Stephen Lighthill ... assistant camera (as Steve Lighthill)
William Maley ... gaffer (as William Mayley)
Ken Phelps ... key grip
Bernie Abramson ... still photographer (uncredited)
Caleb Deschanel ... additional photographer (uncredited)

Animation Department

Hal Barwood ... animator

Casting Department

Ronald Colby ... casting supervisor

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Donald Longhurst ... costumes

Music Department

Israel Baker ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Ray Brown ... musician: bass (uncredited)
Larry Bunker ... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Carmine Coppola ... musician: flute (uncredited)
Victor Feldman ... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Carl Fortina ... musician: accordion (uncredited)
Ralph Grierson ... musician: piano (uncredited)
Plas Johnson ... musician: woodwinds (uncredited)
Artie Kane ... musician: piano (uncredited)
Milton Kestenbaum ... musician: bass (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski ... musician: viola (uncredited)
Tommy Morgan ... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
Joe Porcaro ... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Emil Richards ... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Lalo Schifrin ... conductor (uncredited)
Paul Shure ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Dan Wallin ... scoring mixer (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

Lillian O. MacNeill ... continuity (as Lillian McNeil)

Additional Crew

Hal Barwood ... titles
George Burrafato ... production assistant
Nick Saxton ... production assistant
Stan Scholl ... production assistant
R. Patrick Cooper ... digital restoration lead: Lowry Digital (uncredited)


Carl Bernstein ... thanks (as Cal Bernstein)
Caleb Deschanel ... thanks
Peter Szewczyk ... special thanks
Haskell Wexler ... special thanks
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Plot Summary

Sometime in the future, conformity and homogeneity are the rule in a state-controlled society in which the populace follows the wants of the faceless statue without question. This is achieved through a mandatory drug regimen, which also suppresses human desire; human relationships and sexual intercourse are banned. The law of the state is policed by a force of robocops. The physical environment is totally within a manufactured enclosure; what's outside of it is completely unknown. THX 1138 is a loyal subject who goes about his business as a skilled factory worker building robocops. And even when he begins to have strange feelings, he does what is obligated by going to the state-run confessional, which further brainwashes through its reinforced mantra of happiness, loyalty, and understanding. THX 1138 is given a glimpse into the other side through his computer-matched and thus appointed female roommate, LUH 3417, and her surveillance colleague SEN 5241, LUH 3417's vision, which THX 1138 might want to continue despite its illegality. If THX 1138 is able to keep his activities from the authorities and the robocops, he will have to figure out what options are available to him. Written by Huggo

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Taglines Visit the future where love is the ultimate crime. See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • THX-1138 (United States)
  • L'uomo che fuggì dal futuro (Italy)
  • 五百年後 (Taiwan)
  • 20. Yüzyılın Ötesinde (Turkey, Turkish title)
  • THX-1138 (Japan, Japanese title)
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  • 86 min
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Budget $777,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia The sounds of the police motorcycles are the sped-up sounds of women screaming together in a tiled bathroom. See more »
Goofs During the chase scene at the end, it is shown on one monitor that the THX budget is 3,410 units over the budget of 14,000 units (24%). A voice had stated earlier that accounts are to be terminated when they exceed their original budget by 5%. When the account/chase is terminated, a voice is heard saying that the THX project is 6% over budget, which would be 840 units, not 3,410. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Bald: The Making of 'THX 1138' (1971). See more »
Soundtracks Elevator Music See more »
Crazy Credits The Warner Bros. logo is preceded by a trailer for a Buck Rogers serial (or in early versions, a one-minute scene from Things to Come (1936)). See more »
Quotes OMM: Let us be thankful we have commerce. Buy more. Buy more now. Buy. And be happy.
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