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Plot: It's sometime in the future in a state controlled society, where conformity and homogeneity are the rule. What is also the rule is that the populace follows the wants of the faceless state without question. How this is achieved is through a mandatory drug regimen, which also suppresses human… Runtime: 86 min Release Date: 11 Mar 1971
This movie truly is a piece of cinematic science-fiction art. People who say the last couple of years that George Lucas is a bad writer and director should be forced to go and watch this movie.The movie is very artistic and therefor is not really that watchable for everybody. Fans of the science-fiction genre however will love this movie. Star Wars fans will also notice some subtle things and elements in this movie, that Lucas later used, mostly in "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope".A lot of professional people were involved in this brilliant serious big movie debut by George <more>
Lucas. Producer Francis Ford Coppola, composer Lalo Schifrin, Walter Murch and actor Donald Pleasence. Robert Duvall plays the main part in the movie but he was a fairly unknown actor at the time. Donald Pleasence really was a wonderful actor and he shows that once more in this movie. Robert Duvall also really is excellent as the main character THX 1138.The story really is secondary in this movie. It's all about the visuals. The special effects in this movie were also surprising good especially when considering that this movie was made in 1971.The movie also knows to be tense at the right times and the end chase is pretty spectacular and nicely done.I for one truly love this perfect piece of visual art. Not a movie for everyone though.10/10http://bobafett1138.blogspot.com/
I'm going to keep it simple..."THX-1138" is no doubt, one of the best sci-fi films ever...and probably one of the most important...it's a strong contender to Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey", and "THX-1138" could easily be a sequel to "2001". Personally, I think that George Lucas should've went into this direction instead of the direction he chose with his "Star Wars" films, which, many legions of geeks would argue, is his best work. But "THX-1138" is significantly a different kind of film experience <more>
altogether.It's not overblown, or over budget, and it doesn't feature any cloyingly cute or overtly annoying characters to make millions of dollars to merchandise. I can't imagine a Robert Duvall "THX-1138" action figure, but if this film was made after "Star Wars" instead, trust me, Lucas would have probably sold it.Lucas has made a fortune from a franchise of sci-fi films, that are silly and repetitive of themselves, but with "THX-1138", his first film he managed to create something that he has never come close to doing again. If it wasn't for the style, design and fx of this film THERE WOULD BE NO STAR WARS FILMS PERIOD.It's a shame this film, even after the release of the director's cut, some thirty odd years later, is still underrated and overlooked. Maybe now that it's on DVD, it will find a new larger audience of appreciative fans.I still prefer the original version over the director's cut, but I still love this film.BE HAPPY...BUY MORE...this film is a must see!!!
One of the best of its sub-genre and probably the best movie George Lucas has yet read "ever" directed (by zetes)
Sure, Star Wars is a lot of fun. It's a great way to waste some time or to keep people entertained at a party or something. However, it's unbelievable how crazy people have become about it. In fact, people are so insanely in love with it that they actually convinced themselves that The Phantom Menace was a good movie. Now that's the power of persuasion! Let's travel back in time three entire decades. In 1970, George Lucas made his first feature after graduating from film school. Francis Ford Coppola, two years away from capturing one of the greatest films ever made, helped <more>
young Lucas produce it. It is THX 1138, which is the name given to the film's hero, played by Robert Duvall, who was not yet extraordinarily famous perhaps people would recognize him from Robert Altman's MASH, in which he had co-starred earlier that year . The setting is a post-apocalyptic, underground complex.I have to throw out a caveat right here: I'm a sucker for post-apocalyptic movies, and generally like all of them. And, in my opinion, this is one sci-fi sub-genre where the cheaper a production is, the better it is. My favorite ever is L.Q. Jones' 1975 cult classic A Boy and His Dog. Heck, I even liked Robert Altman's Quintet quite a bit. What I like about these three films, what they have in common, is that they don't spend a lot of time explaining their back-stories. A Boy and His Dog gives a brief account of the major event in its history, but does not explain what came afterwards. THX 1138 is surely much more widely known than either A Boy and His Dog and Quintet, simply because of its creator. Lucas' film gives us hardly anything to establish its setting in time. Of course, as conventions would determine, we all assume that it was some nuclear holocaust or unbearable pollution. But Lucas really gives us little information about what is going on. When sub-genres get so specific like this, where one film is so close to its predecessors, whether those predecessors are films or even novels no one could mistake the 1984ish tones of the film , the screenwriter and director really don't have to tell us much.So if these films are so close, why should anyone like them? Well, because you're not supposed to rely wholly on the plot for the films' worth. This is cinema, not literature. What we have to pay attention to is, well, one, the narrative structure, that is, how the story develops, not what the story is that's a part of literature, too, but it's a good variable in this genre . Two, these stories do differ in their settings, which is a major part of the authors' creativity. Three, cinematic techniques. Well, THX 1138 can be credited with having a very good structure. It does progress linearly, but, as I said above, it gives just the tiniest hints of what's actually happening in the film and what the characters are thinking. There is very little dialogue, and a lot of it is difficult to decipher. The setting: George Lucas has great success here. He has all the sets as white as possible, and these sets mostly consist of hallways. Very cheap, and very effective. This comes in a lot if you're going to discuss the cinematography. Lucas also makes his characters wear white, scientific outfits, often covering everything but the characters' heads or faces. In possibly the best sequence in the film, Duvall is put in a prison that has no visible walls or corners or doors or anything. It's just pure white, and it's simply deafening. And since the prisoners are wearing white, too, it looks like they're all lost in some sort of hideous limbo. Lucas also creates the best visual compositions in his entire career. Star Wars is rather bland visually. Nice colors, I suppose, but there's hardly any attention paid to composition. I was lucky enough to see THX 1138 in widescreen, and Lucas very carefully composed the shots. He's especially good here at posing his actors in an artistic way, while not making it obvious that he had deep artistic intentions when directing them.To tell you the truth, I couldn't relate what actually happens in this story at all. I have to blame part of that on my sleepiness tonight. However, even when I didn't fully understand it, I recognize it as a great movie, a masterpiece, perhaps. 10/10.
the first Lucas - a visionary sci-fi movie (by dromasca)
The first big screen commercial film of George Lucas 'THX 1138' is now back in a re-made production. I did not yet form a clear opinion about directors re-visiting their films decades after the original production. It's certainly their right to do it, but I cannot refrain from suspecting that this shows some sort of dilution of their creative force. In other words, I would rather prefer George Lucas doing something completely new, rather then re-doing old films of his. However, 'THX 1138' is a visionary movie, almost a masterpiece. I liked it. It is one of the first <more>
Orwellian films in describing a world of the future controlled by an omni-present mind-control machine. These theme means a lot of me, and for many people who have spent part of their lives in a system that tried to create 'a new man' by using a system of control and repression that was targeting towards suppression of individual freedom and personality. What is however very strong in 'THX 1138' is the visual quality of the world created by Lucas. This is what cinema is for, this is what real art is about - creating a new world from existing materials, transporting the viewers in an alternate world of the future using the cinema art means. Although realized about 20 years before computer graphics in films, the vision is fresh and impressing. An ageless Robert Duvall does here one of the best roles of his career. Donald Pleasance is a very good counter-part. I liked very much Maggie McOmie, how does it come that this film did not launch her in a star career? It actually looks like this is the only film she did, according to IMDb.The extra features on the DVD are interesting and bring a lot of new information for fans of science fiction, of the 70s films and of Lucas. The film itself gets 9 out of 10 on my personal scale.
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away... (by vic-232)
... George Lucas made a thoughtful, intelligent movie called THX 1138.Those who prefer space opera to genuine science fiction will be disappointed. "Was he on drugs?" some will wonder. "Why WASN'T he on drugs?" others will protest.The future dystopia is a staple of the science fiction genre, including such greats as Fritz Lang's "Metropolis," Truffaut's adaptation of Bradbury's "Farenheit 451," and Jean Luc Godard's "Alphaville." THX 1138 belongs in this group of classics.If you are enough of an immature male to truly enjoy <more>
Lucas's interminable "Star Wars" series, you probably will be bored to death with THX 1138. It's most significant special effects generator was the hair clipper used to give all the actors, male and female, that classic antiseptic skinhead look. Nevertheless, it is as socially and intellectually relevant today as it was when Lucas made it back in 1971 -- and, sadly, probably far MORE relevant.Try it. You just might wish he'd done more like this.
This movie is probably the best movie George Lucas has done, not saying that Star Wars wasn't a masterpiece and even though both movies are science fiction they are are way too different and that might be the reason this movie is i believe underrated and has such a low rating in IMDb.What i can conclude from what i've heard, read and seen is that people often see this movie waiting to see something similar to Star Wars. But what people have to be aware of is that this movie was made before George Lucas went successful and started making movies that had to be socially and morally <more>
"right" for the main society. This movie clearly express, shows and criticize and modern society and the control of the government,religion and consumerism over it Reference to 1884 . Those are aspects that George Lucas shows in a lot of his movies but in a soft and shaded way.In conclusion: This is not a commercial movie for "Comercial" people.PS: I'm a big fan of all Star Wars movies.
This movie has been seen by most film buffs many, many years ago on late night TV. If you are like me, it was an interesting film purely as a reference point for a young George Lucas. If you remembered it at all, it was for the use of white space and the long periods during which almost nothing discernible happens.Well, it is almost 35 years later 35 YEARS! and for reasons best known to film and DVD marketers, George Lucas has pulled it out of the vaults. Instead of just transferring the original print to new film stock, Lucas has re-cut several critical scenes; added a tasteful bit of CGI; <more>
zipped up the sound track and film score; and, best of all, turned it into the best reason yet for digital projection. Whether this is the original version he had in his head as a 26-year-old or one that he has fleshed out over the years is sort of beside the point. What is on the screen now is definitely worth your $10.Yes, it is still a bit tedious at times in a '2001: A Space Odyssey' kind of way and, yes, the plot holes and infamous continuity issues are still there.But, Wow! The plot is a weird stew in which an allegorical Adam and Eve story is crossed with 'Brave New World.' The Catholic act of confession will never be the same after you see it re-imagined here. The crystal clear cinematography is a revelation. The characters' multiple layers are wonderful. Donald Pleasence's performance as the would-be leader/rebel is downright creepy. The way the camera lingers on a scene rather than quick cutting for effect is a welcome relief. This is adult subject matter and it is not what you expect out of Lucas. You have to ask why he didn't pursue themes like this in later films. Who knows, maybe the upcoming Darth Vader fest will return us to the dark side. Be forewarned, this is not a casual film that you can sit back and munch popcorn while it plays out in front of you. This is definitely art-house fare by a young director finding his chops.Many of the message boards and most of the reviews of this film point out how many elements carry over to later Lucas films. C3PO, the climactic chase scene, drones in service to masters, etc. For me, the touchstone is not for Lucas, but for the Executive Producer, Francis Ford Coppola. Many of the themes explored in THX show up in Coppola's 'The Conversation' three years later. Gene Hackman's Harry Caul character is a clone of Robert Duvall's loner forced to confront a faceless progenitor. See if you don't agree.Though they are releasing the film to theaters ahead of the DVD release, the place to see it is in a theater with digital projection. Similar to 'Lawrence of Arabia,' much of the action takes place in the far corners of the scene and I can't imagine seeing this on anything less than a very large HDTV screen.
George Lucas presents a grim Kubrick-style vision of the future - "Star Wars" fans will be surprised! (by MovieAddict2016)
This is simply a solid, well-made film, produced on a low budget and directed by George Lucas based on his early student film of roughly the same title. Which is included on the Director's Cut edition of the DVD. Fans of "A Clockwork Orange," "1984," "Brazil," and similar films about oppressive bureaucracies will love this. It's a grim and gritty vision of the future in which people are controlled and monitored think Big Brother on a large scale . Robert Duvall THX 1138 being his "assigned name" breaks the laws of the world by falling in <more>
love, engaging in sex and therefore rebelling, placing him and his love in danger.This is a very clear moral story and allusion to politics and so on and so forth. It excels as both story and study. Duvall gives a good performance his breakthrough role in "The Godfather" would come next year but the real surprise here is Lucas, who goes for a Kubrick-like edge to his film that really separates it from his later work. You won't believe this is from the guy who created Jar-Jar Binks.If anyone accuses George Lucas of being the schmaltzy sell-out he has now become, direct them to this film in order to prove that, at one point in his life, he really did have a bleak outlook on life and the future, and it didn't start with the words "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...".
In George Lucas' 1971 view of 25th century "life", it's not the taking of drugs that lands you in trouble with the 'chrome robots' police but the NOT taking of them, for this is a chemically controlled population and environment. And, as ever, a couple of rebels try to break free from these chains....Robert Duval THX1138 goes through withdrawal symptoms as he stops the pill-popping, gets his libido back and makes love to his mate, LUH Maggie McOmie . In a CCT governed environment these felonies don't go unnoticed and THX1138 is charged with sexual deviancy <more>
and drug abstinence. It soon comes clear that his sentence will be death and his body used for organ transplantation.Naturally, Duval and other inmates of the 'detention unit' decide to escape, through the labyrinth of tunnels and with about the only action in the entire film, in futuristic cars, all the while, the soul-less robot policemen in pursuit use pleasant pre-recorded warnings.I'd not seen or heard of THX1138 until looking up George Lucas on the IMDb. Then, I wondered if a snippet of memory from decades ago of a nude couple in a huge white void being approached by robots was one of the very same. And, yes, so it was, and is. I don't know when, or where I'd seen it before, but the pertinent thing was, that it had imprinted something indelible into my psyche.Which is a mark of a good film. Not the chases at the end, which to many seem to be the only bits worthy of mention. To me, it is the minimalist, art-house sets that are both the most disturbing and memorable, of rows and rows of technicians and lab assistants. The story now, has been used a lot by now so that it's hardly original, but back 41 years ago yes!, almost as old as I am it must have painted a very chilling picture indeed.It's also quite a dour, solemn picture; contrast that to say, 'Logan's Run', that at least some semblance of freedom on the outside that the couple had sampled and wanted to bring back to their City. I won't spoil those who've not seen THX how code no. 1138 fares and whether he finds freedom, or not.Overall, a sobering, intelligent and superbly designed film rather than a great epic, far-reaching odyssey that Lucas was to move onto, of course. There are big hints at Lucas' genius at work here, this being his debut release, such as the robotic policemen and the ideas that he was to take into Star Wars.One then, for the George Lucas fan club and for sci-fi enthusiasts. Mainstream audiences may well be a bit bored and baffled. The script is often confusing, with either nothing said and visuals only to tell us what's going on or, as with the rantings of Donald Pleasance in the Detention Unit, distracting and unnecessary to the story. These faults aside, this is a good sci-fi film, one to jostle the mind and a good grounding from which Lucas made such an epic career.