Logan's Run

Logan's Run

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Director: Michael Anderson

Cast: Michael Anderson, Michael York, Richard Jordan, Jenny Agutter

     
 

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In a hermetically sealed post-apocalyptic urban environment several centuries hence, Logan 5 (Michael York) and his friend Francis 7 (Richard Jordan) lead unquestioning lives of hedonism. Entertainment comes in the form of casual sexual liaisons and gladiatorial games in which those who do not wish toSee more details below

Overview

In a hermetically sealed post-apocalyptic urban environment several centuries hence, Logan 5 (Michael York) and his friend Francis 7 (Richard Jordan) lead unquestioning lives of hedonism. Entertainment comes in the form of casual sexual liaisons and gladiatorial games in which those who do not wish to undergo euthanasia at the age of 30 vie for the illusory chance of continued life. As "sandmen," Logan and Francis are charged with tracking down and killing "runners" -- those citizens who will submit to neither "renewal" (a peaceful death) nor "carousel" (a gladiatorial battle) when their time comes. When Logan grows intrigued by a beautiful young woman, Jessica 6 (Jenny Agutter), who plans to become a runner, he is forced to question the fundamental principles of his society. And when his superiors force him to pose as a runner himself to weed out Jessica's guerilla underground, Logan finds himself fleeing the city in search of a mythical place called Sanctuary, where people are allowed to live out their natural spans.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Taking its basic premise and characters' names but little substance from the 1967 novel by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson, Logan's Run appeared in the mid-'70s, after the grim sci-fi explorations of Stanley Kubrick, but before the populist success of George Lucas. Falling artistically as well as chronologically between those two directors' works, the film explores interesting sociological issues with more slickness than depth. As with many science fiction films, too much effort is spent explicating the scenario and too little is spent truly exploring the issues of morality and mortality inherent within. Brooding blond hunk Michael York plays the morally ambiguous protagonist with scowling proficiency, but fellow marquee name Farrah Fawcett manages to cram more wretched acting and non sequiter facial expressions into a brief cameo than most actresses could fit into a leading role. The action sequences involving York's and Jenny Agutter's characters as they flee the city prove gripping and well-directed even though the final act collapses under the weight of its own silliness. Still, the what-if premise of Logan's Run proved resonant enough that it spawned a short-lived TV series the following year. Stylish production design offsets special effects so dated that you can practically smell the mothballs when the film receives contemporary screenings. Compare this with David Cronenberg's contemporaneous Shivers for a more nuanced extrapolation of '70s decadence.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/10/2009
UPC:
0883929073887
Original Release:
1976
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:58:00
Sales rank:
14,954

Special Features

Commentary by Michael York, Director Michael Anderson and Costume Designer Bill Thomas; ; Vintage Featurette A Look Into the 23rd Century; ; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael York Logan
Richard Jordan Francis
Jenny Agutter Jessica
Roscoe Lee Browne Box
Farrah Fawcett Holly
Michael Anderson Doc
Peter Ustinov Old Man
Randolph Roberts Sanctuary Man
Lara Lindsay Woman Runner
Gary Morgan Billy
Michelle Stacy Mary Two
Denny Arnold Runner # I
Ann Ford Woman on Last Day
Greg Michaels Ambush Man
Bob Neill First Sanctuary Man
Glenn Wilder Runner
Laura Hippe New-You Shop Customer
David Westberg Sandman
Camilla Carr Sanctuary Woman
Greg Lewis Cub
Bill Couch Sandman

Technical Credits
Michael Anderson Director
L.B. Abbott Special Effects
Saul David Producer
Robert de Vestel Set Decoration/Design
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
David Zelag Goodman Screenwriter
Dale Hennesy Production Designer
Jerry Jost Sound/Sound Designer
Ernest Laszlo Cinematographer
Wiliam L. McCaughey Sound/Sound Designer
Aaron Rochin Sound/Sound Designer
Laurence Rosenthal Score Composer
Harry W. Tetrick Sound/Sound Designer
Bill Thomas Costumes/Costume Designer
Glenn Wilder Stunts
Bob Wyman Editor

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