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Silent Running (1972)
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09.18.08

Silent Running (1972) Freeman Lowell looks after plants in giant space greenhouses. Back on earth, all the trees have long vanished, so Lowell puts a lot of heart into his work. When orders from earth are received to destroy the greenhouses, Lowell can't go through with it, and cannot persuade his three colleagues to help him save the plants, so he makes other "arrangements".

Movie Tagline:
Amazing companions on an incredible adventure... that journeys beyond imagination!

Also Known As:
Running Silent

Title: Silent Running
Release Date: March 10, 1972
Runtime: 89 mins
Genre: Adventure
All Genres: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Languages: English
Country: USA
Colors: Color
Sound: 70 mm 6-Track, Mono
IMDB Rating: 6.8
Brimstone Pit Rating: 7.8 - (Rate This Horror Movie)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With S

MPAA Rating: G

Director(s):
Douglas Trumbull

Cast:
Bruce Dern ...Freeman Lowell
Cliff Potts ...John Keenan
Ron Rifkin ...Marty Barker
Jesse Vint ...Andy Wolf
Mark Persons ...Drone 2 - Huey
Steven Brown ...Drone
Cheryl Sparks ...Drone 1 - Dewey
Larry Whisenhunt ...Drone
Joseph Campanella ...Neal - Berkshire' Captain (voice)
Roy Engel ...Anderson (voice)

Producer(s):
Michael Gruskoff
Marty Hornstein
Douglas Trumbull

Writer(s):
Deric Washburn
Michael Cimino
Steven Bochco

Composer(s):
Peter Schickele




Movie Soundtrack(s):
"Silent Running"
"Rejoice in the Sun"

More Movie Taglines:
  • Amazing companions on an incredible adventure... that journeys beyond imagination!
  • Earth's last battle will be fought in space.
Movie Quote(s):
  • Anderson: On this first day of a new century we humbly beg forgiveness and dedicate these last forests of our once beautiful nation to the hope that they will one day return and grace our foul earth. Until that day may God bless these gardens and the brave men who care for them.
  • Freeman Lowell: It calls back a time when there were flowers all over the Earth... and there were valleys. And there were plains of tall green grass that you could lie down in - you could go to sleep in. And there were blue skies, and there was fresh air... and there were things growing all over the place, not just in some domed enclosures blasted some millions of miles out in to space.
  • Freeman Lowell: [following other astronauts carrying out orders to destroy the forests] Hey, wait a minute, wait a minute... I don't think you guys understand what this means, please don't blow up the domes. Andy Wolf: [laughing] Which ones going first? Marty Barker: Lets hit four first. Freeman Lowell: But they're not disposable! John Keenan: We don't have any choice Lowell. Freeman Lowell: [pleading] But they're not replaceable!
  • Freeman Lowell: [gesturing toward a picture] Look on the wall behind you. Look at that little girl's face. I know you've seen it. But you know what she's never going to be able to see? She's never going to be able to see the simple wonder of a leaf in her hand. Because theres not going to be any trees. Now you think about that.
  • Freeman Lowell: [to Huey and Dewey] Poor Louie, God bless him... he's not with us anymore.
Movie Trivia:
  • Douglas Trumbull says that he learned how to be a director while working on this film, as he had no training or experience in the job.
  • To keep costs down, Trumbull hired college students for modelmaking and other such special effects work. One of them, John Dykstra, went on to a distinguished special effects career of his own.
  • The three drone robots Huey, Dewey, and Louie (named after Donald Duck's nephews) were operated by four multiple-amputee actors: Mark Persons, Steve Brown, Cheryl Sparks, and Larry Whisenhunt.
  • The decommissioned Essex-class aircraft carrier "Valley Forge," a veteran of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, served as the interior of the space freighter "Valley Forge." The flight control area and hangar deck of the carrier were modified and painted to represent the space freighter in the film. The carrier was scrapped after filming was complete.
  • The model of the "Valley Forge" space freighter was 26 feet in length and was constructed of steel, wood, plastic, and over 650 army tank model kits. This model no longer exists, as it was disassembled and destroyed several years after filming. At least one original "dome" from the model has survived in good condition, and was offered on an Internet auction site in 2003 - it sold for $11,000, and currently rests in a science fiction museum in Seattle, Washington, USA.
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