Actor Charlton Heston brought the idea of “Make Room, Make Room” (original title) to MGM and all the elements would come together. In 1973, MGM Studios was nearing its end of production and ready to move to Las Vegas as the MGM Grand. This would be their last major film shot on their famed back lot before it was sold off for real estate.
PLOT. Police Det. Thorn investigates a murder leading to a government conspiracy silencing those who know what’s in their new wonder food known as Soylent Green. (Based on a novel by Harry Harrison.)
What’s radically different about Soylent Green? Back then and still, most science-fiction is about outer space travel, aliens or an advanced technology. Instead, this predicts a crumbling civilization, over-population and the desperation of people trying to stay alive.
THE FUTURE IS NOW
Shot in late 1972-early 1973, some fifty years before 2022, what predictions have come true?
We are beginning to see rampant inflation and food shortages. (In the movie, a jar of strawberries costs $150.)
“People are still the same” reads the poster ad. Truer words were never spoken. Sol Roth (Edward G. Robinson), a voice from the past says, “People were always rotten. But, the world was beautiful.”
Police State. Many people don’t want to admit this is true, but it is. Gov’t police have absolute authority. Riot control police use “people scoops” – trash trucks – to herd rioters who go wild when they’re told there’s no more Soylent Green. [A supposed combination of soybeans-lentils-and high-energy plankton farmed from the sea!]
Some cast extra were masks.
Economy becomes socialist.
Leigh Taylor-Young is cast as “Shirl”, Simonson’s furniture girl. (She comes with the apartment.) Best acting moment: when confronted by a new tenant who asks her “Are you fun?”
Chuck Heston was the catalyst for “Soylent Green”. It is one of his best roles.
The score is composed by Fred Myrow. It’s most favorably utilized during the opening still frame photo sequence where mass-production, from the industrial revolution is shown to be the cause for our polluted world.
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