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Silent Running ()


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In a future where all flora is extinct on Earth, an astronaut is given orders to destroy the last of Earth's botany, kept in a greenhouse aboard a spacecraft.

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Freeman Lowell
Cliff Potts ...
John Keenan
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Marty Barker
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Andy Wolf
Mark Persons ...
the Drone
Steven Brown ...
the Drone
Cheryl Sparks ...
the Drone
Larry Whisenhunt ...
the Drone
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Neal - Berkshire' Captain (uncredited) (voice)
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Anderson (uncredited) (voice)

Directed by

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Douglas Trumbull

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Deric Washburn ... (written by) &
Michael Cimino ... (written by) (as Mike Cimino) and
Steven Bochco ... (written by) (as Steve Bochco)

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Michael Gruskoff ... producer
Marty Hornstein ... associate producer (as Martin Hornstein)
Douglas Trumbull ... producer (uncredited)

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Peter Schickele

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Charles F. Wheeler ... director of photography

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Aaron Stell

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Frank Lombardo ... (as Francisco Lombardo)

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Dick Dawson ... makeup artist

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Marty Hornstein ... production manager (as Martin Hornstein)

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Brad H. Aronson ... assistant director (as Brad Aronson)

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Charles T. Knight ... sound (as Charles Knight)
John H. Newman ... sound editor
Richard Portman ... re-recording

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Vernon Archer ... special effects
Jim Dow ... drone units (as James Dow)
R.L. Helmer ... special effects (as R. L. Helmer)
Richard O. Helmer ... special effects
Marlin Jones ... special effects
Paul Kraus ... drone units
James Rugg ... special effects
Don Trumbull ... drone units
Gerald Endler ... mechanical effects (uncredited)

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Richard Alexander ... special designs
John Baumbach ... special designs
John Dykstra ... special photographic effects
Leland McLemore ... special designs
Gary Richards ... special designs
Robert Shepherd ... special designs (as Bob Shepherd)
William Shourt ... special designs (as Bill Shourt)
Wayne Smith ... special designs
Douglas Trumbull ... special photographic effects
Richard Yuricich ... special photographic effects

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Harry Sundby ... special lighting effects
Bill Bohny ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jim Hoover ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Dick Johnson ... camera operator (uncredited)

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Ann Vidor ... wardrobe advisor

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Peter Schickele ... conductor
Milt Holland ... musician: tympani (uncredited)

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Joseph Byrd ... special electronic consultant
Winfield Chitister ... technical advisor (as Chief Winfield Chitister BMCM USN Ret.)
Richard Foy ... titles consultant
George McCart ... technical advisor
Tom Piskura ... video consultant
Ray Quiroz ... script supervisor (as Raymond Quiroz)
Beverly Walker ... unit publicist (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

In a future Earth barren of all flora and fauna, the planet's ecosystems exist only in large pods attached to spacecraft. When word comes in that the pods are to be jettisoned into space and destroyed, most of the crew of the Valley Forge rejoice at the prospect of going home. Not so for botanist Freeman Lowell, who loves the forest and its creatures. He kills his colleagues taking the ship deep into space. Alone on the craft with his only companions being three small robots, Lowell revels in joys of nature. When colleagues appear to "rescue" him, he realizes he has only one option available to him. Written by garykmcd

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Taglines Amazing companions on an incredible adventure... that journeys beyond imagination! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Running Silent (United States)
  • Et la terre survivra (France)
  • Lautlos im Weltraum (Germany)
  • Naves misteriosas (Spain)
  • Hiljainen pako (Finland)
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  • 89 min
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Budget $1,000,000 (estimated)

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Trivia The decommissioned Essex-class aircraft carrier "Valley Forge," a veteran of Korea and Vietnam, served as the interior of the space freighter "Valley Forge." The flight control area and hangar deck of the carrier were modified and painted to represent the space freighter in the film. The carrier was scrapped after filming was complete. See more »
Goofs In the finale, the detonator held by Lowell has a misspelled label "Nuclear Detornator." See more »
Movie Connections Edited into The Making of 'Silent Running' (1974). See more »
Soundtracks Silent Running See more »
Quotes Freeman Lowell: It calls back a time when there were flowers all over the Earth... and there were valleys. And there were plains of tall green grass that you could lie down in - you could go to sleep in. And there were blue skies, and there was fresh air... and there were things growing all over the place, not just in some domed enclosures blasted some millions of miles out in to space.
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