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THX 1138 (1971)
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THX 1138 (1971) The human race has been relocated to a underground city located beneath the Earth's surface. In the underground city, the population are entertained by holographic TV which broadcasts sex and violence and robotic police force enforces the law. In the underground city, society controls all life, all citizens are drugged to control their emotions and their behavior and sex is a crime. Factory worker THX-1138 stops taking the drugs and he breaks the law when he finds himself falling in love with his room-mate LUH 3417 and is imprisoned when LUH 3417 is pregnant. Escaping from jail with illegal programmer SEN 5241 and a hologram named SRT, THX 1138 goes in search of LUH 3417 and escape to the surface, whilst being pursued by robotic policemen.

Movie Tagline:
Visit the future where love is the ultimate crime.

Also Known As:

Title: THX 1138
Release Date: March 11, 1971
Runtime: 86 mins
Genre: Drama
All Genres: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Languages: English
Country: USA
Colors: Color
Sound: Mono
IMDB Rating: 6.8
Buried.com Rating: 7.8 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With T

MPAA Rating: R

MPAA Rating Reason:
Rated R for some sexuality/nudity. (2004 director's cut)

George Lucas

Robert Duvall ...THX
Donald Pleasence ...SEN
Don Pedro Colley ...SRT
Maggie McOmie ...LUH
Ian Wolfe ...PTO
Marshall Efron ...TWA
Sid Haig ...NCH
John Pearce ...DWy
Irene Forrest ...IMM
Gary Alan Marsh ...CAM
John Seaton ...OUE
Eugene I. Stillman ...JOT
Jack Walsh ...TRG (as Raymond J. Walsh)
Mark Lawhead ...Shell Dweller
Robert Feero ...Chrome Robot #1
Johnny Weissmuller Jr. ...Chrome Robot #1
Claudette Bessing ...ELC
Susan Baldwin ...Control Officer
James Wheaton ...OMM (voice)
Henry Jacobs ...Mark 8 Student
Bill Love ...Mark 8 Instructor
Doc Scortt ...Monk
Gary Austin ...Man in yellow
Scott L. Menges ...Child #1
Toby L. Stearns ...Child #2
Paul K. Haje ...Trial Prosecutor
Ralph Chesse ...Trial Proctor
Dion M. Chesse ...Trial Defender
Bruce Chesse ...Trial Pontifex
Mello Alexandria ...Hologram Dancer #1

» [more cast members]

Francis Ford Coppola
Edward Folger
Larry Sturhahn

George Lucas
George Lucas
George Lucas
Walter Murch
Matthew Robbins

Lalo Schifrin

THX 1138 Horror Film Trailer 1
THX 1138 Horror Film Trailer 2

Movie Soundtrack(s):
"Elevator Music"

More Movie Taglines:
  • Visit the future where love is the ultimate crime.
  • The Future is here.
  • A Love Story Filmed on Location in the 21st Century
Movie Quote(s):
  • Female voice (medicine cabinet): If you feel you are not properly sedated, call 348-844 immediately. Failure to do so may result in prosecution for criminal drug evasion.
  • OMM: Blessings of the state, blessings of the masses.
  • Male voice (medicine cabinet): What's wrong? Man: I need something stronger. Male voice (medicine cabinet): Take four red capsules. In 10 minutes, take two more. Help is on the way.
  • Female voice: What's wrong? Man on monitor: I just bought one of these yesterday, and it doesn't fit my consumer, and the store doesn't have any of the other kind. [LUH presses a button] Male voice: For more enjoyment and greater efficiency, consumption is being standardized. We are sorry ... Man on monitor: This is - [cut off]
  • Male voice: That accident over in Red Sector L destroyed another 63 personnel, giving them a total of 242 lost to our 195. Keep up the good work and prevent accidents. This shift is concluded.
Movie Trivia:
  • George Lucas claims that the scene where technicians mess with THX's nervous system, sending him into comical spasms, was drawn from his antipathy towards the doctors who treated him after his near-fatal car crash as a youth.
  • The underground chase near the end was shot in a not-yet-completed segment of the BART subway system in San Francisco.
  • The music playing during the end credits is the first movement from Johann Sebastian Bach's St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244.
  • Shortly after THX steals a police car, and shortly before his fellow escapee crashes the one he tries to steal, you can hear someone on the radio say, "I think I ran over a wookie back there on the expressway."
  • A scene in which THX falls into a garbage compactor and fends off a mutated rodent was cut because the monster did not look realistic. This situation was later reused in Star Wars (1977).
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