A nightmarish futuristic fantasy about the controlling power of big corporations and an innocent cop who stumbles on the truth.

Director:

Richard Fleischer

Writers:

Stanley R. Greenberg (screenplay), Harry Harrison (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlton Heston ... Detective Thorn
Leigh Taylor-Young ... Shirl
Chuck Connors ... Tab Fielding
Joseph Cotten ... William R. Simonson
Brock Peters ... Chief Hatcher
Paula Kelly ... Martha
Edward G. Robinson ... Sol Roth
Stephen Young ... Gilbert
Mike Henry ... Kulozik
Lincoln Kilpatrick ... The Priest
Roy Jenson ... Donovan
Leonard Stone ... Charles
Whit Bissell ... Gov. Santini
Celia Lovsky ... The Exchange Leader
Dick Van Patten ... Usher #1
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Storyline

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. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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People need it...in the year 2022. See more »


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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 source novel "Make Room! Make Room!" by Harry Harrison. See more »

Goofs

After Sol's Death, Thorn follows the bodies in the trucks by riding on top of one of the trucks. At a gate, the driver of the truck he is riding on exits the truck and replaced by a man dressed in all black. The truck doesn't pass any other gates or check points but after dumping it's load, as the truck pulls away, the driver of the truck is now a man in white again. See more »

Quotes

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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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Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

Referenced in WCW/NWO The Great American Bash (1998) See more »

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Trio in E-flat K. 498 'Kegelstatt': I. Andante
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Very believable.
24 January 2004 | by magellan333See all my reviews

This movie paints a very bleak future for planet Earth. What makes this movie so good is that the future seen may very well be a reality someday. A poisoned environment, an overpopulated planet and total disregard for human life all seem to be in there early stages today. Soylent Green is a very good and very believable film.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

9 May 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Make Room! Make Room! See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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