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THX1138

1971

Film: THX1138

Creator: George Lucas

Recollections...

a must seearrow icon

I cannot remember exactly but I think it was a late nighter as a student.
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The white roomarrow icon

Late night TV, probably BBC2. I wasn't old enough to really get all of it, but the robot policemen and the white room were enough to bring me back whe ...
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Very creepy!arrow icon

First saw it at an "all night" si-fi film show at the GFT in the '80's.
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In Depth

THX1138

George Lucas imagines a grim future of control.

The debut feature from Star Wars maestro George Lucas is a bleak, claustrophobic affair which is light years away from the straightforward heroics of Luke Skywalker and Co.

The always excellent Robert Duvall takes the title role as a man quietly rebelling against a repressive world. Everyone has to have Yul Brynner haircuts and the police are as frighteningly bland as a McDonald's assistant.

The script can be obtuse, but it looks wonderful and Lucas conjures up a genuinely chilling air. The film is frequently referenced in his later works.

The executive producer was none other than Francis Ford Coppola, the film being made under the banner of his Zoetrope production company.

Work nominated by MaureenTL.

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