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Soylent Green - Wikipedia Soylent Green is a 1973 American science fiction thriller film directed by Richard Fleischer and starring Charlton Heston and Leigh Taylor-Young. Edward G. Robinson ...

Soylent Green - Wikipedia This article is about the film Green Guys For other uses see Soylent disambiguation Soylent Green is a 1973 American science fiction thriller film directed by Richard Fleischer and starring Charlton Heston and Leigh TaylorYoung Edward G Robinson appears in his final film Loosely based on the 1966 science fiction novel Make Room Make Room by Harry Harrison it combines both police procedural and science fiction genres the investigation into the murder of a wealthy businessman and a dystopian future of dying oceans and yearround humidity due to the greenhouse effect resulting in suffering from pollution poverty overpopulation euthanasia and depleted resources 2 In 1973 it won the Nebula Award for Best Dramatic Presentation and the Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film Contents 1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Production 4 Critical response 5 Awards and honors 6 Home video 7 See also 8 References 9 External links The 20th centurys industrialization led to overcrowding pollution and global warming due to the greenhouse effect In 2022 40 million people live in New York City housing is dilapidated homeless people fill the streets many are unemployed those few with jobs are only barely scraping by and food and working technology are scarce with most of the population surviving on rations produced by the Soylent Corporation Their latest product is Soylent Green a green wafer advertised to contain highenergy plankton from the World Ocean more nutritious and palatable than its predecessors Red and Yellow but in short supply New York City Police Department detective Frank Thorn lives with his aged friend and police analyst Solomon Sol Roth Roth remembers life before its current state and often waxes nostalgic He is welleducated and has a small library of reference materials to assist Thorn While investigating the murder of William R Simonson a member of the wealthy elite Thorn questions a concubine Shirl and Simonsons bodyguard Tab Fielding who was escorting Shirl when the murder took place Thorn searches Simonsons apartment for clues and helps himself to Simonsons whisky fresh produce and beef Thorn gives Roth the classified Soylent Oceanographic Survey Report he found in Simonsons apartment Roths research reveals Simonson was a member of the board of Soylent Thorn tells his lieutenant Hatcher that he suspects an assassination nothing had been stolen from the apartment security was absent and the perpetrator used a meat hook instead of a gun to make it look like Simonson was killed in a burglary Thorn suspecting Fielding as one of Simonsons murderers visits Fieldings apartment and interrogates Fieldings concubine Martha helping himself to a teaspoon of strawberry jam later identified by Roth as too great a luxury for the concubine of a bodyguard to afford Shirl reveals that Simonson became troubled in the days before his death Thorn questions a Catholic priest that Simonson visited the priest first fails to remember Simonson and is then unable to describe the confession Fielding later murders the priest Governor Santini closes the investigation but Thorn ignores this and the Soylent Corporation dispatches Simonsons murderer to kill Thorn He tracks Thorn to a ration distribution center where police officers are providing security When the Soylent Green there is exhausted the crowd riots The assassin attempts to kill Thorn in the confusion but is crushed by a scoop crowddispersion vehicle In retaliation Thorn assaults and threatens both Fielding and Martha warning Fielding and his accomplices not to follow him and returning to Shirl with whom he has established a sexual relationship Roth takes Soylents oceanographic reports to a group of researchers who agree that the oceans no longer produce the plankton from which Soylent Green is reputedly made and infer that it is produced from human remains the only conceivable supply of protein matching the known production They also deduce that Simonson was murdered by the corporation because he had found this out from the reports and his influence inside the corporation Roth is so disgusted with his degraded life in a degraded world that he seeks assisted suicide at a government clinic Thorn rushes to stop him but arrives too late Roth is mesmerized by the euthanasia process visual and musical montage – extinct forests wild animals rivers and ocean life Before dying he tells Thorn his discovery and begs him to expose the truth Thorn boards a human disposal truck to the disposal center where he sees the human corpses converted into Soylent Green but is spotted and has to flee Returning to make his report he is ambushed by Fielding and others In the ensuing firefight Thorn kills his attackers but is himself injured When Hatcher arrives he tells him what he has discovered and urges him to tell the researchers so that they can make a case against Soylent and to spread the truth about Soylent Green Hatcher promises that he will Thorn is taken away shouting out Soylent Green is people Charlton Heston as Detective Frank Thorn Leigh TaylorYoung as Shirl Chuck Connors as Tab Fielding Joseph Cotten as William R Simonson Brock Peters as Chief Hatcher Paula Kelly as Martha Edward G Robinson as Sol Roth Stephen Young as Gilbert Mike Henry as Kulozik Lincoln Kilpatrick as the priest Roy Jenson as Donovan Leonard Stone as Charles Whit Bissell as Gov Santini Celia Lovsky as the exchange leader Dick Van Patten as usher 1 Productionedit The screenplay was based on Harry Harrisons novel Make Room Make Room 1966 which is set in the year 1999 with the theme of overpopulation and overuse of resources leading to increasing poverty food shortages and social disorder Harrison was contractually forbidden control over the screenplay and was not told during negotiations that MetroGoldwynMayer was buying the film rights 3 He discussed the adaptation in Omnis Screen FlightsScreen Fantasies 198434 noting the murder and chase sequences and the furniture girls are not what the film is about and are completely irrelevant and answered his own question Am I pleased with the film I would say fifty percent 3 While the book refers to soylent steaks it makes no reference to Soylent Green the processed food rations depicted in the film The books title was not used for the movie on grounds that it might have confused audiences into thinking it a bigscreen version of Make Room for Daddy 5 This was the 101st and last movie in which Edward G Robinson appeared he died of bladder cancer twelve days after the completion of filming on January 26 1973 Robinson had previously worked with Heston in The Ten Commandments 1956 and the makeup tests for Planet of the Apes 1968 In his book The Actors Life Journal 19561976 Heston wrote He knew while we were shooting though we did not that he was terminally ill He never missed an hour of work nor was late to a call He never was less than the consummate professional he had been all his life Im still haunted though by the knowledge that the very last scene he played in the picture which he knew was the last days acting he would ever do was his death scene I know why I was so overwhelmingly moved playing it with him 6 The films opening sequence depicting America becoming more crowded with a series of archive photographs set to music was created by filmmaker Charles Braverman The going home score in Roths death scene was conducted by Gerald Fried and consists of the main themes from Symphony No  6 Pathétique by Tchaikovsky Symphony No  6 Pastoral by Beethoven and the Peer Gynt Suite Morning Mood and Åses Death by Edvard Grieg Critical responseedit The film was released April 19 1973 7Time called it intermittently interesting noting that Heston forsakes his granite stoicism for once and asserting the film will be most remembered for the last appearance of Edward G Robinson In a rueful irony his death scene in which he is hygienically dispatched with the help of pipedin light classical music and movies of rich fields flashed before him on a towering screen is the best in the film 8New York Times critic A H Weiler wrote Soylent Green projects essentially simple muscular melodrama a good deal more effectively than it does the potential of mans seemingly witless destruction of the Earths resources Weiler concludes Richard Fleischers direction stresses action not nuances of meaning or characterization Green Guys Mr Robinson is pitiably natural as the realistic sensitive oldster facing the futility of living in dying surroundings But Mr Heston is simply a rough cop chasing standard bad guys Their 21stcentury New York occasionally is frightening but it is rarely convincingly real 7 As of June 2017 Soylent Green has a 71 rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 35 reviews 9 Awards and honorsedit Winner Best Science Fiction Film of Year – Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy and Horror Films Richard Fleischer Walter Seltzer Russell Thacher Winner Grand Prize – Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival Richard Fleischer Nominee Best Film of Year Best Dramatic Presentation – Hugo Awards Richard Fleischer Stanley Greenberg Harry Harrison Winner Best Film of Year Best Dramatic Presentation – Nebula Award Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stanley Greenberg Harry Harrison American Film Institute Lists AFIs 100 Years 100 Thrills – Nominated10 AFIs 100 Years 100 Movie Quotes Soylent Green is people – 77 AFIs 10 Top 10 – Nominated Science Fiction Film11 Home videoedit Soylent Green was released on Capacitance Electronic Disc by MGMCBS Home Video and later on laserdisc by MGMUA in 1992 ISBN 0792813995 OCLC 31684584 12 In November 2007 Warner Home Video released the film on DVD concurrent with the DVD releases of two other science fiction films Logans Run 1976 and Outland 1981 13 A Bluray Disc release followed on March 29 2011 See alsoedit List of American films of 1973 Survival film about the film genre with a list of related films Soylent a brand of meal replacement products whose creator was inspired by the book and film to use that name Referencesedit Big Rental Films of 1973 Variety January 9 1974 p 19 Shirley John September 23 2007 Locus Online John Shirley on Soylent Green Locus Online Retrieved November 17 2016   a b c Jeff Stafford Soylent Green 1973 Turner Classic Movies Retrieved June 12 2011   Danny Peary ed 1984 Omnis Screen FlightsScreen Fantasies ISBN 0385192029   Harry Harrison 1984 A Cannibalised Novel Becomes Soylent Green Omnis Screen FlightsScreen Fantasies Ireland OnLine Retrieved September 7 2009   Charlton Heston 1978 Hollis Alpert ed The Actors Life Journal 19561976 E P Dutton p  395 ISBN 0525050302   a b A H Weiler April 20 1973 Soylent Green 1973 The New York Times Retrieved June 12 2011   Cinema Quick Cuts Time April 30 1973 Retrieved June 12 2011   Soylent Green Movie Reviews Pictures Rotten Tomatoes Retrieved June 12 2011   AFIs 100 Years 100 Thrills Nominees AFIs 10 Top 10 Ballot Soylent green MetroGoldwynMayer Inc Miami University Libraries Retrieved June 12 2011   The Future Is Then New York Sun November 27 2007 Retrieved June 12 2011   External linksedit Soylent Green on IMDb Soylent Green at the TCM Movie Database Soylent Green at AllMovie Soylent Green at the American Film Institute Catalog Soylent Green at Rotten Tomatoes