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 thirty, it is terminated in a quasi-religious ceremony known as "carrousel". Some, known as "runners", try to escape their fate when the time comes, and it's the job of Sandmen to track them down and kill them. Logan (Michael York) 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 (Jenny Agutter), he is ordered to become a runner and infiltrate a community outside the dome known as "Sanctuary" and to destroy it. Pursued by his friend Francis (Richard Jordan), also a Sandman, Logan and Jessica find their way to the outside. There, they discover a beautiful, virtually uninhabited world. Logan ...Written by
This was originally going to be produced by George Pal, but by this time, Pal had already left the studio. See more »
Jenny Gutter, while talking to Ustinov about his burial reassures him that (his death) is a long way off. However the character had never even seen an old person so would have no idea about a lifespan. She could not have simply been intending to be polite because the city dwellers had no cliches or conventions about natural death. See more »
[tapping on a glass window of maternity room]
Logan, you are here. I couldn't believe it when they told me. What are you doing?
Logan 6. Well it's not everyday that they authorize a new sandman. I tell you Francis,
Well maybe, maybe not. What does it matter? Anyway, he isn't yours anymore.
[continues tapping lightly on the glass]
All right, you want me to wake him?
[bangs loudly on the glass with his baton]
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A bootleg audio recording exists of the May 1976 sneak preview in San Diego, suggesting that the preview cut ran approximately 130 minutes. In addition to the inclusion of the scene after the titles where Francis kills a runner who falls into a pool to applause from onlookers, it includes:
A longer exchange in the Nursery.
A longer Carousel sequence, with no overdubbed computer voice announcing Last Day.
Slightly longer scenes between Logan and Jessica, including one where Jessica asks if Logan thinks "flame-out" is the ultimate kill. Another cut bit includes Logan explaining the danger of cubs "flying on Muscle," an unauthorized drug that "speeds up the reflexes" but is "no good for anyone over 13; shake you and me to pieces."
A brief snip where Francis hears Logan's page to Cathedral and announces he will go to help him.
A longer introduction to Holly, who announces that she is "Holly 13" and that "in ancient times, my number was unlucky."
A longer Sex Shop sequence.
There is a reference in Box's dialogue to the ice sculpture existing in the preview print because he says "What a pair! I'd like to sculpt you...Let me sculpt you and I'll show you where the others have gone...over there, arms 'round each other...nude, of course..." The dialogue between Logan and Jessica as they pose also sheds light on the plot hole of why Logan signaled the Sandmen to the Runners' hideout. Logan admits that he tried to send her back because he was going to return to the city all along. "That was the plan. I'd been ordered to find out where the Runners had gone and destroy it. That's why I brought in the Sandmen that killed them." He expresses remorse and confusion at his change of heart.
"Let's take our clothes off first before they freeze on us."
In the 23rd century, people live a hedonistic lifestyle in a domed utopia run by a super computer. When people reach the age of thirty, they are publicly put through a ritual called Carousel that involves them being blown apart in mid-air (you have to see it to believe it). Some refuse to accept their fate and run away. They're called Runners. The police types sent to track them down are called Sandmen. Michael York plays one of these Sandmen named Logan. He's sent undercover by the super computer that runs things. It wants him to infiltrate the Runners, hoping they will lead him to a supposed safe haven they have called Sanctuary. He meets a pretty runner played by Jenny Agutter and the two find themselves pursued by Logan's closest friend and fellow Sandman Francis (Richard Jordan).
A smart, creative, and fun science fiction classic from the '70s. Mocked by many but I love it. It's a great story adapted from the novel by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson. The sets are amazing and the old-school special effects are colorful and charming. I always appreciate the artistry and craftsmanship that went into crafting the visuals for science fiction and fantasy films pre-CGI. Nice Jerry Goldsmith score, too. Michael York and lovely Jenny Agutter are very likable. Jenny has a couple of nude scenes that many will appreciate. Peter Ustinov has an amusing role as possibly the oldest man left living in the world. Farrah Fawcett has a small part here. She's attractive but her acting is not good. It's a very interesting and entertaining movie. Not perfect but what is? If you enjoy futuristic movies like the Planet of the Apes series or Soylent Green, you'll probably like this. It's got robots, lasers, babes, ice caves, and all kinds of fun stuff.
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