In 2022, Earth is overpopulated and totally polluted; the natural resources have been exhausted and the nourishment of the population is provided by Soylent Industries, a company that makes a food consisting of plankton from the oceans. In New York City, when Soylent's member of the board William R. Simonson is murdered apparently by a burglar at the Chelsea Towers West where he lives, efficient Detective Thorn is assigned to investigate the case with his partner Solomon "Sol" Roth. Thorn comes to the fancy apartment and meets Simonson's bodyguard Tab Fielding and the "furniture" (woman that is rented together with the flat) Shirl and the detective concludes that the executive was not victim of burglary but executed. Further, he finds that the Governor Santini and other powerful men want to disrupt and end Thorn's investigation. But Thorn continues his work and discovers a bizarre and disturbing secret of the ingredient used to manufacture Soylent Green.
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
It's the year 2022... People are still the same. They'll do anything to get what they need. And they need SOYLENT GREEN.
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Did You Know?
The fact that this was arguably the final movie that was shot on the near derelict MGM backlots, prior to its demolition, gives this movie an added poignancy. A further poignancy when the audience may remember scenes from other (upbeat) MGM movies and tv series shot on the same streets, in effect, memories of "better times" set in periods before the story universe of the Soylent Green. See more
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
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.
Deleted scene: When Tab Fielding (Chuck Connors
) goes shopping with Shirl, he is mugged, and wins the fight. This scene was filmed, but deleted. See more
Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op.74: 'Pathetique': I. Adagio - Allegro non Troppo
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky See more