Soylent Green (1973)



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Movie Info

Richard Fleischer directed this nightmarish science fiction vision of an over-populated world, based on the novel by Harry Harrison. In 2022, New York City is a town bursting at the seams with a 40-million-plus population. Food is in short supply, and most of the population's food source comes from synthetics manufactured in local factories -- the dinner selections being a choice between Soylent Red, Soylent Yellow, or Soylent Green. When William Simonson (Joseph Cotten), an upper-echelon … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Harry Harrison, Stanley R. Greenberg
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 5, 2003


as Det. Thorn

as Tab Fielding

as William Simonson

as Hatcher

as Kulozik

as Donovan

as Charles

as Santini

as Exchange Leader

as Mrs. Santini

as Bandana Woman

as New tenant

as Fat Guard

as Attendant

as Attendant

as Furniture Girl

as Furniture Girl

as Furniture Girl

as Furniture Girl

as Furniture Girl

as Furniture Girl

as Furniture Girl

as Furniture Girl

as Kulozik
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Critic Reviews for Soylent Green

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (5)

The somewhat plausible and proximate horrors in the story of Soylent Green carry the production over its awkward spots to the status of a good futuristic exploitation film.

Full Review… | June 5, 2007
Top Critic

Uneven and slightly muddled futuristic horror story -- not really science fiction, more like an antipollution PSA gone berserk.

Full Review… | June 5, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Good, solid stuff, assembled efficiently enough to be pretty persuasive.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Their 21st-century New York occasionally is frightening but it is rarely convincingly real.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Not well thought-out and a genuine disappointment for all its visibility in the popular conversation

Full Review… | June 20, 2011
Film Freak Central

Where so many science fiction visions of the era have dated, this gritty creation of a depressed (and depressing) future... looks all the more real.

Full Review… | April 1, 2011

Audience Reviews for Soylent Green


In a near future where the world is vastly over-populated and nature's resources have become decimated, a cop investigating the murder of a rich executive uncovers his globe-spanning uber-corporation's dirty little secret. Soylent Green is clearly a victim of its own reputation as its almost inevitable that you will already know how it ends, which removes the shocking revelation that would have provided the punchline to the story. As it stands, the film is surprisingly accurate in its predictions and is one of the first corporate conspiracy theory stories to reach the big screen; it is also one of the first to marry the styles of Film Noir and science fiction. The problems lie in its rather dated and cheap looking visual effects and rather workmanlike, TV quality direction. I would also have to say that with the exception of Edward G. Robinson's ageing bookworm, none of the cast are particularly likeable; Heston comes across as a selfish and corrupt asshole and women in this future society are nothing more than "furniture" - essentially live-in prostitutes. Worth a watch if you are one of the few who haven't absorbed the big plot twist through cultural osmosis but otherwise it's little more than a dated curiosity.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer


No idea why this movie gets so much bad reviews these days, sure, it's the "future" with people wearing 70s haircuts and clothes, big fucking surprise. The message is blunt, but still effective, and while the detective parts of the story don't go anywhere seeing the characters enjoying such mundane things that we take as granted today are fascinating to watch. Enjoy your apples, steaks and alcohol, you might not see them in the future.

Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer


A dark and disturbing look at a future that may surface, though hopefully not in the next 11 years as the film suggests. Heston is a police officer in an overcrowded world. Food is but a luxury as people are fed Soylent products. There's a wonderful scene in which Heston steals a number of items from the home of a murder victim. They are common everyday things, but the film creates such an emotional intensity about them, Robinson breaks down into tears at the thought of meat. Taylor-Young plays one of the most tragic love interests in cinematic history. She's referred to as "furniture" as she comes with the apartment, a choice of living for many attractive women, as they get to live with the wealthy and experience rare items. Looking through time, this is something that rings true on a terrifying scale. Like many of Heston's pieces, it mixes B-Movie charm with social commentary. Many will know the twist, as did I, but when the final line of dialog rings out it really shocks.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

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