Soylent Green

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Soylent Green is landmark screen science-fiction, a riveting entertainment and a cautionary tale that holds a mirror to a tomorrow rife with ecological disaster.

Working well again in the futuristic genre following Planet of the Apes and The Omega Man, action titan Charlton Heston portrays Thorn, a detective prowling the dark streets of a polluted, overpopulated Big Apple gone rotten in 2022. He's trailing a murderer-and the trail leads to a stunning discovery. Vividly realized, Soylent Green's world gains its power not just from its social effects but from its heart-a human dimension magnified by the performance of legendary Edward G. Robinson in his moving screen farewell.

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Studio Warner
SKU 205542331
UPC 012569647640
UPC 14 00012569647640
Format DVD
Release Date 11/27/2007
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Cast & Crew
Charlton Heston - Actor
Chuck Connors - Actor
Edward C. Carfagno - Art Director
Edward G. Robinson - Actor
Fred Myrow - Original Music By
Harry Harrison - Based On Novel By
Leigh Taylor-Young - Actor
Richard Fleischer - Director
Richard H. Kline - Cinematography
Russell Thacher - Producer
Samuel E. Beetley - Editor
Stanley R. Greenberg - Screenplay
Walter Seltzer - Producer
Reviews
ReviewSource Variety
Review The somewhat plausible and proximate horrors in the story of Soylent Green carry the production over its awkward spots to the status of a good futuristic exploitation film...The year is 2022, the setting NY City, where millions of over-populated residents exist in a smog-insulated police state, where the authorities wear strange-looking foreign uniforms (not the gray flannel suits which is more likely the case), and where real food is a luxury item. Charlton Heston is a detective assigned to the assassination murder of industrialist Joseph Cotten, who has discovered the shocking fact that the Soylent Corp, of which he is a director, is no longer capable of making synthetic food from the dying sea. The substitute - the reconstituted bodies of the dead...The character Heston plays is pivotal, since he is supposed to be the prototype average man of the future who really swallows whole the social system. Edward G. Robinson, his investigative aide, reminisces about the old days - green fields, flowers, natural food, etc. But the script bungles seriously by confining Heston's outrage to the secret of Soylent Green.
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ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource The Onion A.V. Club
Review The 1973 film Soylent Green, an adaptation of the Harry Harrison novel Make Room! Make Room!, goes the opposite direction, throwing Heston into streets filled with overpopulated masses yearning to breathe free, or at least score a good meal. (And where The Omega Man is clearly a comment on dimming '60s idealism, Soylent Green plays like the product of a '60s idealist turned bitter.) Set in 21st-century New York, the film casts Heston as an unapologetically corrupt detective investigating the death of privileged bureaucrat Joseph Cotten. Though the mystery has been spoiled somewhat by an over-revealed twist ending, Soylent Green still succeeds thanks to director Richard Fleischer's sure command of one of the grimmest and most sadly plausible dystopias put to film...as Heston bids farewell to friend Edward G. Robinson (in his final role), the Apocalypse Heston cycle scores its other indelible image. Looking back at an unspoiled world from the vantage of a world gone wrong, he can do nothing but melt into tears.
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Reviewer Keith Phipps
ReviewRating 9
Features
DVD, Widescreen, English, French, Subtitled
Quotes
Find-A-Video ...[a] frighteningly prescient sci-fi tale...
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Robinson is splendid in his final film...
The Motion Picture Guide ...Robinson is outstanding...

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