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.
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