Silent Running (1972)

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    ZachWZ

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    When i rented this movie. i thought it had something to di with the mike and Mecanics song. if you saw the video it played like a Star Wars feature.

    As for this movie. Spoiler Space!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!





    it was weird. i think judging by the effects that it was made in the later 60's. After 2001 was released judging by camera work. I felted moved by the Mankind can no longer dream speech. My fave scece is what Huey and Duey learn to bluff at cards. However at the end it took me .000000000000001 seconds to realize that no light was the problem. it took the plant expert weeks. A little nit pick.

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    Dave

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    Silent Running (1971)

    http://uk.imdb.com/Title?0067756

    Lowell Freeman looks giant biospheres in a spaceship somewhere of Jupiter, with the last specimins of life on Earth. When orders from Earth are received to destroy the greenhouses, Lowell can't go through with it, and cannot persuade the other three astronaunts to help him save the plants, so he makes other "arrangements".
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    stevcolx

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    Silent Running

    Remember this classic movie?

    Here is a pic of Duey!

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    Brian Turner

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    Silent Running

    This is one of extremely few films that absolutely chokes me up - anyone who's seen this film will know exactly what I'm talking about.

    Essentially, in the future there's a ship in space towing about a series of domes with it, helping preserve the remaining fragments of earth's biodiversity.

    The main ship has a handful of human crew, and three little menial robots.

    Everything is pretty fine and normal - unless orders come in that the domes must be destroyed...


    There's a pretty brilliant summary of it all (includes SPOILERS!!!) here:
    http://shipofdreams.net/sfmovies/silent.htm

    and my eyes are dribbling simply reading it. If you've seen it, you'd understand why.

    If you haven't seen it then do so - this is one of those films you will not forget.


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    Foxbat

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    I have this film on DVD and it's probably the least played in my collection because it's such a moving piece of work.
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    The Master™

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    I have watched that film many times... And each time I can't stop myself from crying...

    What is it about a bunch of robots that causes such emotions???
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    littlemissattitude

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    This will really show my age...I remember seeing "Silent Running" at the theatre when it first came out.

    Those little 'droids (although they weren't yet called that then, as the film was pre-Lucas) were wonderful. And, yes, it was a very affecting film. At the time of it's release, the film was seen by some as just riding on the coattails of "2001", but it really was much more than that.
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    Princess Ivy

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    must admit i haven't seen or heard of it. mutters about cultural bans and nonsens. will have to look it up!
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    The Master™

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    It is a classic... Very late 60's/early 70's look and feel... All the hippy flower power stuff... But the robots are a joy and sadness...
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    dwndrgn

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    I've heard of it (as a matter of fact I first heard of it when doing some research for the scifi trivia thread a while back :) ) and have been meaning to see it but rarely get somewhere I might be able to rent it.
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    Brian Turner

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    Schieb seems to have a pretty good grasp of it - though he really misses the emotional impact of the film on the viewer. Everyone who's seen it remember the ending. You could watch it in Russian, not understand a word of dialogue spoken, and still cry at the end.
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    AE35Unit

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    Silent Running

    I love this film starring Bruce Dern and 3 cute robots, but was a book ever made from it, or was it based on a book(doubtful)?
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    Dave

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    Good film, if a bit slow, and one of the first 'green message' films.

    I've never heard of a book and IMdB: Silent Running (1972) doesn't mention one.

    If it helps, the screenplay was written by Deric Washburn (Deerhunter) and by Michael Cimino (Deerhunter, Magnum Force, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot) and by Steven Bochco (NYPD Blue).
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    AE35Unit

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    One thing I do know about it is that it has a connection with 2001, in as much as the scene showig Saturn was intended for that earlier film, but they decided to feature Jupiter instead(shame that, Saturn is much more aesthetically pleasing!)
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    j d worthington

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    Well, this has a lot to do with the fact that Douglas Trumbull was one of the special photographic effects supervisors for 2001....
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    AE35Unit

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    Yep, absoultely. Would loveto have been on set at the time!
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    pyan

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    One of the first SF films I ever saw, and definitely one of the contributing forces to a life-long addiction to SF/F.
    Yes, it's slow compared to subsequent films, but well worth seeing.
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    AE35Unit

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    Huey Dooey and Looey are had a big impression on me as a kid, and you so feel for that robot with the gammy leg! poor bugger, and yet its just a machine!!
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    j d worthington

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    Well, they did a very good job with giving them "human" emotions... and without a line of dialogue among the three of 'em....

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