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Logan’s Run (1976).

September 28, 2007

The Scoop:
Some things just get more ridiculous and dated with age. This includes just about everything from the 1970s, but, most especially (and ironically), ’70s science fiction.

And never did the future seem so retro as in “Logan’s Run.” In a utopian society (which lives inside a shopping mall done up to ’70s excess) that keeps the peace by secretly killing every citizen on his or her 30th birthday, Logan (Michael York), who is 29, decides something is wrong and tries to escape along with his girlfriend (Jenny Agutter). You see, Logan’s job as a “sand man” is to keep the 30-year-olds from running away from their date with destiny. So, of course, he bucks against the system and winds up hunted by his sand man buddy (Richard Jordan). Along the way, they discover giant cardboard-looking robot (Roscoe Lee Browne) and an old man who lives in the U.S. Senate chamber with hundreds of cats (Peter Ustinov). Somewhere along the line there is a moral message about environmental responsibility and overpopulation — the usual ’70s sci-fi concerns.

And don’t blink, or you’ll miss Farah Fawcett’s ridiculously over-billed bit part as a medical secretary.

Best Line:
“Overwhelming, am I not?”

Side Note:
If the Sandman headquarters building looks familiar, that’s because the model was later reused in several episodes of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” as the Starfleet Academy.

Companion Viewing:
“THX 1138” (1970), “Zardoz” (1973) and “Rollerball” (1975).

Links:
IMDb.
The Cylon Alliance.
Retroland.

Take a Look:
Run!

Logan tries to get Jessica to run:

“There is no sanctuary!”

A great line, repeated for emphasis:

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