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Silent Running (1972)

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Bruce Dern stars as the caretaker of a greenhouse located on a group of space stations that are sent into orbit. The Earth has been stripped clean of foliage, and the greenhouse contains the last remaining greenery from the planet. Dern's staff includes three human beings and a trio of endearing robots named Huey, Dewey, and Louie. When word arrives, from the powers that be, that the greenhouse is to be destroyed (the space station is more valuable to man when hauling cargo and not "preserving the ecology of the universe"), Dern decides to ignore the order. He also decides to go it alone, "circle the wagons" with his robots, and fend off all outside attempts to eliminate his ecological paradise. Special-effects maven Douglas Trumbull directs, Michael Cimino was one of the screenwriters, and Peter "PDQ Bach" Schickele wrote the musical score.more
Rating: G (violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Deric Washburn, Michael Cimino, Steven Bochco
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 10, 2000
Runtime:
MCA Universal Home Video

Cast

Bruce Dern
as Freeman Lowell
Jesse Vint
as Keenan
Ron Rifkin
as Barker
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Critic Reviews for Silent Running

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (6)

The production lacks much dramatic credibility and often teeters on the edge of the ludicrous.

Full Review… | June 4, 2007
Variety
Top Critic

The film is enjoyable for its intimacy, seriousness, and intelligent character work, virtues not perpetuated by the subsequent new wave.

Full Review… | June 4, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A wonderful film.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Silent Running is no jerry-built science fiction film, but it's a little too simple-minded to be consistently entertaining.

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

... a movie out of the ordinary -- especially if you like science fiction.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Among the most intelligent and entertaining sci-fi films of the 1970.

Full Review… | March 2, 2012
Film4

Audience Reviews for Silent Running

½

Ma Earth can no longer grow food after we pollute the bejesus out of her and so we build a greenhouse in space to preserve the idea of growing food. "Ahhh, its only a knucklehead idea anyway. What were we thinking? We got synthetic food, don't we? Close it up!" Bruce Dern is the idealist who fights the powers-that-be in this not-too-far-from-hippie sci-fi horror story. The action's okay is all. There's terrible bits of Joan Baez singing that'll make you put the work end of a shotgun in your mouth. Eh.

ApeneckFletcher
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

Silent Running is an entertaining and exhilarating Sci Fi classic with a great cast and a good story. The film is quite engaging, and the effects are well done and like 2001 before it, have influenced the genre. Bruce Dern is great in the lead role, and this ranks up there as one of the finest examples of 1970's Sci Fi. Of course Star Wars would reinvent the genre altogether, but you simply can't deny that Silent Running broke ground in terms of effects. Though not a perfect film, Silent Running will certainly please genre fans. The idea behind its story is quite simple, but the execution is well done, and it would later set the stage for future genre films. Dern like I said is good here, and he holds things together. If you're expecting an action packed thrilled ride, you'll be disappointed. This is more of a Sci Fi drama, but it it's quite entertaining nonetheless. Silent Running is a must watch for genre fans, or anyone looking for a classic Sci Fi film that has a well structured story. Enjoyable, but slow paced, Silent Running is one of those films that you need a few viewings to get into. The film stands out as a great genre film, one that helped shape the genre for what it is. Even if it's not a great movie, it's still a Sci Fi classic for what it helps achieve in terms of ideas and concepts in the genre. Sure, it may be tedious at times, but it definitely is worth seeing if you love this genre of film.

TheDudeLebowski65
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

½

While this Sci-Fi film from the stone ages before Trek and Wars has its heart at the right place, its message is a tad too simplistic and naive. You can't blame the film for the special effects of its time, but the pace is so slow and the timing so awkward that it's really hard to watch the film for the first time today. The robots are cute and the awareness of nature a decent intention, but beyond that the film just has very few redeeming qualities.

ironclad1609
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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