Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Logan's Run — A film by Michael Anderson

P.A. System: Capricorn 15's. Born 2244. Enter the Carousel. This is the time of renewal [Crowd applauds] - P.A. System: Be strong and you will be renewed. Identify [Capricorn 15's show flashing crystals]

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.

Directed by Michael Anderson. Produced by Saul David. Screenplay by David Zelag Goodman Based on 'Logan's Run' by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson. Starring: Michael York, Jenny Agutter, Richard Jordan, Roscoe Lee Browne, Farrah Fawcett, Peter Ustinov. Music by Jerry Goldsmith. Cinematography by Ernest Laszlo. Editing by Bob Wyman. Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Distributed by United Artists. Release date(s): June 23, 1976. Running time: 119 minutes. Country: United States. Language: English.

Michael Anderson: After serving in the Second World War, Anderson first developed his career in British films, becoming a director in 1949 and enjoying his first success with the war movie The Dam Busters (1954). The Dam Busters made good use of limited special effects and is often cited as an inspiration for the climax of the first Star Wars film. He directed the first cinema adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984 (1956) and Around the World in Eighty Days (1956), for which he was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for his direction. He also directed the 1968 film The Shoes of the Fisherman starring Anthony Quinn, Laurence Olivier and John Gielgud.

He settled in Hollywood, California, making such science fiction offerings as Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975) and Logan’s Run (1976). Logan’s Run was an expensive box-office success, contributing a box office of $50 million worldwide and boosting sales for its distributor, Metro Goldwyn Mayer. It has gone on to enjoy a cult status. He also directed Orca (1977). Anderson’s later work was mostly made-for-television miniseries, including The Martian Chronicles (1980) and Sword of Gideon (1986). In 1988, he directed Bottega dell’orefice (The Jeweler’s Shop), based on the 1960 play written by Karol Wojtyła (later Pope John Paul II). Other films he has directed include All The Fine Young Cannibals (1960), Flight from Ashiya (1964), The Quiller Memorandum (1966), The Yangtse Incident (1956) and a film adaptation of Conduct Unbecoming (1975).

"The Assignment/Lost Years" OST; Jerry Goldsmith:

"She'll Do It/Let Me Help" OST; Jerry Goldsmith:

"They're Watching/Doc is Dead" OST; Jerry Goldsmith:

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1 comment:

  1. Cloud Atlas has a homage to this movie, its a classic.