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
Early on, when Logan fires at the male red runner standing under the archway you can see pyrotechnic special effects props in position on the paved walkway. 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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Scenes edited out:
The Francis Hunt: The original opening scene had Francis 7 hunting a runner and shooting him backwards into a water fountain to applause from the onlookers.
Box carving an ice sculpture of Logan and Jessica. This was removed as they were fondling each other in a lovers' embrace and this would have meant an R rating in the USA.
Francis and Logan meeting a woman on Lastday. They casually chat about it and this illustrates the society's indifference to death.
Longer, racier version of sequence involving characters passing through an orgy shop.
A great looking sci-fi film that fuses ideas with action
Logan's Run is a 70's sci-fi movie that fell slap bang between the intellectualism of the earlier 2001: A Space Odyssey and the later action-adventurism of Star Wars. It seemed to allude to the past while hinting at the future that sci-fi was about to take. As a result, it is very satisfying. Its mix of dark dystopian conundrums with fast-paced action works very well.
It's set in an enclosed world in a post-apocalyptic Earth. The inhabitants lead hedonistic, care-free lives. But the catch is that everybody has to submit to forced euthanasia at the age of thirty. The vast majority of the brain-washed populace, however, believe what they are told by their overlords and think that they will be renewed to live their lives again. The story tells of a sandman (a state hit-man) who starts to have doubts about this and is sent on a mission to the outside world to find a place called Sanctuary.
Over and above everything, what makes Logan's Run such a delight is the excellent set-design and detailed model work. The colourful large interiors of the domed world are extremely attractive, while the ice caves and overgrown Washington D.C. are very well done also. The model work may look like, well, model work but it's beautifully designed and adds a certain charm. The story itself is good enough; although things do slow down somewhat once the characters leave their city and venture outside leading to a rather unsatisfying ending. But there is enough quality beforehand to make up for this. The film benefits from its two principal actors, Michael York and Jenny Agutter. York is as reliable as always, while Agutter probably steals the show as the beautiful and mysterious Jessica 6.
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