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Year
1971
Runtime
86 min.
Director
George Lucas
Genres
Sci-Fi, Thriller
Rating *
6.8
Votes *
34,259
Checks
5,721
Favs
278
Dislikes
113
Favs/checks
4.9% (1:21)
Favs/dislikes
2:1
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  1. guitarmas5's avatar

    guitarmas5

    Displays the real creative talent George Lucas had as a burgeoning filmmaker. It's hard to believe this visually appealing and creative film came from the same guy as those god-awful Star Wars prequels. 7 years 11 months ago
  2. kolybry's avatar

    kolybry

    movie looks great, but falls flat in every other aspect. the only thing it has going for itself besides the visuals is the promising premise/concept, which was ruined through a half-assed script, techno-mumbo-jumbo-dialog and awful pacing. the timer says 1:30 h. my gut said 2h. when i was halfway through. 8 years ago
  3. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    Before George Lucas changed the direction of movie sci-fi, he swam WITH the current, writing and directing a 1970s dystopian film called THX 1138. Fitting somewhere between 1984 and Brave New World (and seemingly an inspiration for the Paranoia RPG as much as those two books are), the film paints a bleak, antiseptic portrait of the future where we live underground, where conformity is the rule of law, and where love and sex are banned. The plot, such as it is, follows Robert Duvall's THX 1138 getting off the meds and into his roommate's bed, and getting punished for it. Donald Pleasance is another non-compliant whose agenda is never completely understood. While I respect the world building, it goes so far as to create the tedium of this world, and the characters' tedium sort of becomes our own. The movie is LANGUOROUS and yet, somehow, manages to end in an interminable car chase. Intriguing, but sleep inducing and ultimately, unsatisfying. The 2004 edition has Lucas return to insert bad CG shots that feel extremely out of place in the otherwise remorselessly raw footage, because he can never ever leave a movie he's made alone. These aren't works in progress, George! I don't need to tell you they don't add anything important to the film. 1 year 8 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #83 in 100 Science Fiction Films (BFI Screen Guide)
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  2. This movie ranks #92 in The 100 Greatest Sci-Fi Movies
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  3. This movie ranks #148 in Fantasy Cinema: Impossible Worlds on Screen
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  4. This movie ranks #224 in 500 Essential Cult Movies
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  5. This movie ranks #905 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
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