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Soylent Green (1973)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Soylent Green (1973)

In Richard Fleischer's dystopic sci-fi detective thriller set in the year 2022:

  • elderly Sol Roth's (Edward G. Robinson, who was dying during filming) poignant, painless and suicidal death in an euthanasia clinic amidst musical and visual montages of a peaceful green world with a waterfall, with his friend Detective Thorn (Charlton Heston, who shed real tears due to the real-life poignancy of the dying Robinson) in a nearby control room
  • Thorn's horrified discovery of the true composition of the Soylent Corporation's new artificial food product Soylent Green, and his desperate pleas to police chief Hatcher (Brock Peters) as he was dragged away: "It's people. Soylent Green is made out of people. They're making our food out of people. Next thing they'll be breeding us like cattle for food... Soylent Green is people! We've gotta stop them somehow!"


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