Silent Running

  • U
  • Douglas Trumbull (1971)
  • US
  • 85 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Special-effects ace Douglas Trumbull (of 2001 fame) turned director with this ecologically based science-fiction thriller about the last of Earth's plant life preserved on the Valley Forge spaceship, lovingly cared for by space ranger Bruce Dern and his three cute "drone" robots. Dern mutinies when orders arrive to destroy the precious cargo. Although the film may seem rather hippy-influenced now - those syrupy Joan Baez ballads! - Trumbull's gentle direction highlights a sensitive performance by Dern, and there are some spectacular images of the spacecraft floating between planets, exploding suns and solar storms. Imaginative and much admired.

Plot Summary

A scientist, with the help of his three robot assistants, tends a huge garden aboard a space station, created to replenish an Earth ravaged by nuclear warfare. But his superiors' decision to abandon the project prompts him to embark on a desperate course of action. Ecological sci-fi drama, starring Bruce Dern, with Cliff Potts and Ron Rifkin.

Cast and crew

Cast

Freeman Lowell
Bruce Dern
Wolf
Cliff Potts
Barker
Ron Rifkin
Keenan
Jesse Vint
Drone
Mark Persons
Drone
Steven Brown
Drone
Cheryl Sparks
Drone
Larry Whisenhunt

Crew

Director
Douglas Trumbull

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Rank Film Dists Ltd
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate U
Categories
Drama

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