Soylent GreenDirector: Richard Fleischer, Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson, Leigh Taylor-Young
Richard Fleischer directed this nightmarish science fiction vision of an over-populated world, based on the novel by Harry Harrison. In 2022, New York City is a town bursting at the seams with a 40-million-plus population. Food is in short supply, and most of the population's food source comes from synthetics manufactured in local factories -- the dinner selections being a choice between Soylent Red, Soylent Yellow, or Soylent Green. When William Simonson (Joseph Cotten), an upper-echelon executive in the Soylent Company, is found murdered, police detective Thorn (Charlton Heston) is sent in to investigate the case. Helping him out researching the case is Thorn's old friend Sol Roth (Edward G. Robinson, in his final film role). As they investigate the environs of a succession of mad-from-hunger New Yorkers and the luxuriously rich digs of the lucky few, Thorn uncovers the terrible truth about the real ingredients of Soylent Green.
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Cast & Crew
|Charlton Heston||Detective Thorn|
|Edward G. Robinson||Sol Roth|
|Dick Van Patten||Usher|
|Celia Lovsky||Exchange Leader|
|Morgan Farley||Book 1|
|John Barclay||Book 2|
|Belle Mitchell||Book 3|
|Cyril Delevanti||Book 4|
|Jane Dulo||Mrs. Santini|
|Jan Bradley||Woman with scarf|
|Carlos Romero||New tenant|
|Joyce Williams||Live stock girl|
|Erica Hagen||Live stock girl|
|Beverly Gill||Live stock girl|
|Cheri Howell||Live stock girl|
|Lloyd Anderson||Production Manager|
|Pat Barto||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Samuel E. Beetley||Editor|
|Robert R. Benton||Set Decoration/Design|
|Norman Burza||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Edward C. Carfagno||Production Designer|
|Betsy Cox||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Gerald Fried||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Stanley R. Greenberg||Screenwriter|
|Robert R. Hoag||Special Effects|
|Richard H. Kline||Cinematographer|
|A.J. Lohman||Special Effects|
|Augie Lohman||Special Effects|
|Daniel S. McCauley||Asst. Director|
|Fred Myrow||Score Composer|
|Harry W. Tetrick||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Charles M. Wilborn||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Matthew Yuricich||Special Effects|
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A very poignant and important film that is still vivid in my mind after twenty years. A great plot and excellent actors. Perhaps a preview of the world to come? Or just a good movie to watch?
It's the year 2022 in New York City. Many things have changed, yet much is the same. Housing is a challenge, getting "food" that is life giving is also a challenge, then there are some things that are the status quo; and some people want to maintain the status quo. For example, women are still "objects" for men's pleasure. Abuse is rampant. The present problems, do they have solutions? Who can be trusted? Who is in control of all the social systems? Is the future on New York City headed toward an artificial reality? Think of today 2009, many places in the world are faced with a housing crisis, an education crisis, racism, sexism, pollution, and a need for adequate land space, just to name a few situations that need to be tackled; in 2022 will there be solutions? This DVD speculates how the future will unfold. Charlton Heston plays Thorn and he is trying to uncover a mystery, maybe you will want to "see" what he discovers. Soylent Green with Charlton Heston, Leigh Taylor-Young, and Edward G. Robinson gives us "food" for thought. *Favorable review: thought provoking. For comic relief after watching this you may want to see the DVD "Prosperity." Review title: Depression Time Comedy. This is the story of a family trying to hold onto their business during the Great Depression. There are some touching moments and a sense of real despair. Yet there are times of great comic relief. Learning to deal with human nature and handling family relationships is all part of this comical "adventure" story. Funny antics help you deal with this depression time tale of woe. *Enjoyable entertainment. *Favorable review: comical and delightful "characters." ** Review for: Prosperity (with actors: Marie Dressler, Polly Moran, Anita Page, and Norman Foster)
I knew the 'surprise' ending from the trailer, before even seeing the movie. The concepts in this movie are very interesting but the props/scenes have not aged well. It seems like it may have been a very cheap movie to make at the time. I think the movie was cut short - I would have liked to have seen at least a tiny bit what happened after the main character announces what the 'big secret' is with Soylent Green. This movie is a predecessor to the Matrix Trilogy in a way. It's set in the future, the planet's been changed due to the humans' behavior at the time, and the 'secret' that the trailer refers to is also similar to the Matrix story in a sense. As far as being in the future, there is no evidence of advanced technology whatsoever. Everything looks identical to the time period it was shot at, but various concepts mentioned in the movie points to a dismal future. Almost no one can afford an education, almost no one knows what food tastes like outside of the byproducts of supposed 'soy/lentil' ingredients made by the Soylent Corporation. Almost no one knows what plant/animal life was like in the past. It's maybe worth a quick rental.
In its year, Soylent Green was an epiphanic experience for a young man of 18 years - that would be me. One thing reviewers all seem to miss is the multi-media image and music sequence that opens the movie and does a first rate job of setting the mood. Contrary to what you may hear, the technology was cutting edge at the rich end of the movie characters' class system and archaic "about 70's" at Thorn's "Heston's" level. For example, Thorn and Sol drank and washed from 60's model Igloo coolers and the rich dead guy's bodyguard had a "countertop" stove that was a prototype in the 70S, only seen in Popular science. It looked old. Edward G. was a class act all the way. His "feast" scene with Heston was a classic for the ages. "Watch for Thorn eating an apple right down to the stem!" Ed's death scene was a stunning vision in those years. I'm sure the jaded youth of today can't really appreciate that. My 16 year old son saw this with me and was haunted by the concept, so it ain't so dated, by my way of thinking. A classic, I'd say. Geophys55
Simple plot line , good performances, good production value , and the DVD was a bargain.
This movie has two very fine and interesting things: the music(Simphony 6th by Beethoven is just wonderful)and the still actual plot (Do you remember the temperature of the earth is growing time by time?). And don't forget,some situations of this movie are lived day by day in a lot of places of our (happy) world! Soylent green is a movie that everyone has to see,so we can realize why the nature is our most great wealth. Bye from Italy. I am a big fan of science fiction movies (without space ships....!)
I recalled this movie when I was walking soybeans in Iowa, Soybean Green, they made a movie of this and it struct me that soybeans have had a mojor impact on American society. They have probably saved or ecology.
I remember watching this with my Dad eons ago when I was a kid. I honestly believe that movie had an impact on my life. It affected the way I view our fragile ecology and demanded that I respect nature.
This movie should be required viewing for every human. Chillingly current.