Soylent Green

Soylent Green

DVD - 2007
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Charlton Heston plays a cop in this science-fiction horror story. The setting is New York in the year 2022, teeming with 40 million citizens, most of whom are out of work. Environmental erosion is almost complete and voluntary death is encouraged by government-sponsored clinics. For their food, the people have grown to rely on a wafer-like substance called soylent. As Heston investigates the murder of a magnate in the dictatorial Soylent Company, he comes face to face with the hideous truth about the secret ingredient of "Soylent Green."
Publisher: [United States] : Turner Entertainment Co. : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2007]
Edition: Widescreen ed
ISBN: 9781419862069
1419862065
Branch Call Number: DVD Soylent
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (97 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Triple_X_Rex
Nov 24, 2017

Just like Star Wars, The Matrix and Blade Runner - It seems that Soylent Green is yet another one of those humdrum Sci-Fi movies that one isn't allowed to dislike. And, even if one makes some legitimate complaints about said movies, you can bet that the little, cry-baby "snobs-of-cinema" here will automatically label you as a "nit-picker" - Yeah? Well, I'd rather be a "nit-picker" than a snivelling "nose-picker".

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donkeyhote
Nov 24, 2017

Get lost, you "Triple_X_Sex" commentator. I recognize your style, you write under other code names too, to badmouth those comments that tell the truth. Because you are paid for this. This movie shows where constant growth leads us. Crowd, lack of food (soylent green is a biscuit made of dead men's bodies) and a "voluntary" (but pleasant) execution of the old. Now, if you want to see the planned future, watch the movie "Logan's Run" by Michael York. Rusted, ruined cities of the (present) past, and the new dome cities, separated from the outside world. And that movie is realistic too - there are plans, unknown to the public, to create that world. At present the crowd just grows, turns the whole earth into a ruin of Nature and a garbage dump, even the oceans are full of plastic litter by now and the last old forests are being destroyed. De-growth will be painful, but necessary, to save the Earth. The crowd does not plan, just continues being selfish, but the UN has a plan, "Agenda 21" and the world will be different by the 22nd Century. The present cities will be abandoned, the pop reduced and relocated into reserved areas and live in a totally new, totally controlled society without (selfish) individual freedom.

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CountAlucard
Nov 23, 2017

Subject of film seems to become more relevant with each passing year. Film itself is somewhat more problematic due to extreme budget constraints, some shaky dialog (especially from Joseph Cotten) and 1970's fashion, morays and technology distracting somewhat. All the same Soylent Green contains one of Edward G. Robinson's best performances (also his last). The final denouement about said food stuff is really a gimmick. The actual revelation is that a planet on this particular path is doomed and no hollywood action hero is going to solve it.

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moscow42
Oct 21, 2017

number 2 in the Heaton sci-fi movies of the late 60s early 70s (Planet of the Apes, Omega Man). A fine example that the future is going to be really bad and Chuck is going to be there. When I saw this as a kid I thought this will be the future. Give it another 50 years, maybe? Still a good ending.

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spider775
Apr 16, 2017

1973 movie. Movie about future of humanity. May become infortunately realistic. Hope not.

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Jacques2016
Mar 02, 2017

Not a big fan of Charlton Heston. That said, the presentation of the effects of global warming is disturbingly foreshadowing.

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Maoisdead
Jan 23, 2017

New York. 2022 A.D. Teeming with jobless, homeless people. Teetering on the edge of anarchy, the government rations synthetic food. Those who control the supply have unlimited wealth and power--as long as no one discovers the awful truth behind the source of Soylent Green.Academy Award-winner Charlton Heston (Ben-Hur, The Ten Commandments)stars as Thorn, possibly the last honest detective on the undermanned police force, who investigates the brutal murder of a prominent member of the Soylent Company, manufacturers of the artificial nourishment.

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DickyMicky
Sep 12, 2016

WARNING!!! Senorita "donkeyhote" has put spoilers in her soylent green comments... And she called me, and other users, airheads!!... My-oh-my- This donkeyhote girl is a real dizzy bimbo!

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Edmond_6
Aug 27, 2016

A classic. Keep in mind this is FICTION that was filmed in 1973. Anyone who expects completely realistic depictions in science-fiction will always be disappointed. These people will nit pick every movie out there and find something to complain about. This movie is about the message; how overpopulation, competition, and corruption can spoil our world.

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breemu
Aug 15, 2016

I'm so glad I finally watched this old classic! Yeah, we all know the ending, and the film is unbelievably sexist (women's roles are only eye candy and sex objects - so utterly unimaginative and typical-of-the-era Hollywood), but I still found it to be an engaging movie with enough subtleties to keep me interested right to the end. And it had quite a line up of familiar old actors (in all their familiar old typecasting). I enjoyed it thoroughly.

There have been complaints here about the completely empty streets at night... if anyone cares to remember there was a nightly curfew and everyone HAD to get off the streets. Which also explains why all the stairways, the mission, etc, were packed with sleeping homeless people every night when "Thorne" was on duty. As to the lack of foresight into what "the future" might look like, Hollywood only had two versions at the time - either pretty much exactly like the era in which the movie was made, or all silver clothing and frisbee-shaped "space" cars. At least someone on this movie was clever enough to invent a cordless phone!!! And, yeah, hairpieces for balding men in the 70's were awful, even if they were movie stars.

This movie was both a blast from the past AND a glimpse of a dystopian future. Loved it.

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Monolith
Jan 23, 2013

Sol Hatcher: "...And what about the furniture?" Detective Thorn (motions to chest): "Like grapefruit." Sol Hatcher (chucking): "You never saw a grapefruit." Detective Thorn: "You never saw her."

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Monolith
Jan 23, 2013

Detective Thorn: "SOYLENT GREEN IS PEOPLE!!!"

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jessadam2
Nov 12, 2011

Wow, I didn't know Leigh Taylor Young was so very sexy....Wow!!!!

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Apr 16, 2017

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