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Like it - or Hate - if you think about life today, this movie for its time - has it all.
Would love to see it re-hashed for todays movies - i reckon with the special effects available today - this movie would do things.
Glad i brought it for my collection...more info
- A great story, well made, fun eye candy, well acted
And Jenny Agutter gets naked, she was so hot!...more info
- Utopian Horror
In a future world, all your needs are taken care of...until you turn 31. Then it's all over and you get "recycled". People are offered a sort of lottery in which they can be "renewed" through a process called "lottery" but it is a sham. Nobody makes it. The other alternative is to run. That's where the Sandmen come in. They chase down and kill the runners.
Logan is a Sandman. He is assigned to track down vague rumors of "Sanctuary" by posing as a runner himself. The problem is that he gets gypped out of his last four years to make it creditable. Logan runs himself and is in turn chased by a sandman. The majority of the film concerns his run and escape to Sanctuary. This leads Logan and his decorative companion outside the domes of the city and into the real world. It is an eye opening experience.
This was a very popular film in its day but I never saw it until recently. Now, I have to wonder what all the hype was about. The acting is not too great and the story line is not too much better. It keeps attention but barely manages to do so.
- should be remade
The story is pretty good, the acting ok, the sets are a product of their time. Look, it is virtually impossible to make a film, particularly a sci-fi one and not have it look dated 20 years later. I know its unfair to compare but you will bust a gut laughing at early 1970s Dr Who's where the idea of futuristic transport was a Citroen Diane with the doors taken off, and crewed by 4 camp looking blokes in berets and capes. Tears are rolling down my face as I think of it. Anyway. 2001, Blade Runner, Star Wars - still look good today. Not much else does though. Back to Logans Run, all you need to know is Jenny Agutter gets nuddy in it. How cool is that?
PS - I noted some comment about the sandmens guns being unrealistic. Well, on my first night excercise, I started firing my semi-auto Self Loading Rifle (SLR) which had a blank firing attachment on it (which provides enough back pressure to operate the working parts of the rifle when using blanks) and lo and behold, 4 tongues of flame shot out of the flash eliminator ports just like in Logans Run, which was great for sci-fi reminiscence but rubbish for my night vision. So there you go, not unrealistic at all. ...more info
- This film is why Star Wars rocked the world
. . . because, before Star Wars, we had to watch befuddled backsewage like this!
Just about the time you think the story is starting to make sense, the rug is pulled out from under you and the plot goes ga-ga. In thirty-odd years, I have never been able to decipher why the dome city self-destructs in the end, or, for that matter, why Farah Fawcett (age 29 and a TV superstar) was given a bit part while Jenny Agutter (age 34 and a bit chubby)was given the co-starring role. But I suspect that whatever was behind that directorial decision also explains why there obviously was no budget for a script.
- Entertaining, if Flawed, SF Adventure...
Whenever I watch "Logan's Run", I feel a touch of angst, much as I do when I see "Marooned"...both films won Oscars for their special effects, and both films would be overshadowed immediately by the vastly superior FX work of "2001: A Space Odyssey", and "Star Wars". In the case of "Logan's Run", the nearly 'quaint' minature work is patently artificial, and combined with the 70s hairdos, and 'mall' environment, gives the film a 'retro' feel; fortunately, the story and performances are so terrific that the film is still very entertaining, and has achieved 'cult' status, today.
The premise is intriguing; in the 23rd century, civilization has retreated into a computer-controlled, multi-domed city, sealed off from the outside world. Given an impersonal, if hedonistic paradise to live in, there is only one drawback; residents must sacrifice themselves on their 30th birthday, in a quasi-religious ceremony known as Carousel, where, they believe, they might be 'renewed'. A few attempt to escape death, searching for the legendary 'Sanctuary'; the task of executing these 'runners' falls to the 'Sandmen', an elite force of policemen armed with explosive pistols.
It's a great life to be a 'Sandman', which friends Logan 5 and Francis 7 (Michael York and Richard Jordan) enjoy to the self-indulgent hilt...until Logan meets Jessica 6 (Jenny Agutter), a beautiful girl wearing the ankh symbolizing an affiliation to the 'runners', who isn't impressed by Logan's nearly 'rock star' status.
Logan is secretly assigned by the city computer to find the elusive 'Sanctuary' of the 'runners', and 'aged' to 30, thus giving him an excuse to join them...and making him a 'Sandman' target. The tale then becomes a 'cat-and-mouse' chase, as Logan recruits Jessica's aid, and the pair search for Sanctuary, relentlessly pursued by Francis. Logan discovers that the few runners not dispatched by the 'Sandmen' are executed and frozen by a rather clunky robot, Box (the voice of Roscoe Lee Browne)...after defeating him (rather easily), Logan and Jessica (followed by Francis) break free to the outside world, a wild, untamed wilderness leading to a nearly deserted Washington, D.C., where they meet their first 'old man' (Peter Ustinov), a hermit living alone with a large array of cats. The couple, their relationship deepening to love, must face Francis, and return to the city to expose the fraud that everyone is living under...
Casting is EVERYTHING in a movie like this, and the "Logan's Run" ensemble is terrific. York, a youthful 34, combines innocence and determination as Logan, and Agutter, 23, is all wide-eyed idealism as Jessica, looking very comfortable being barely dressed through much of the picture. Even better is Jordan, who, at 37, is as convincing a younger man as York, in a far more demanding role. While Farrah Fawcett, 29, in a small role, is more flash than talent, Michael Anderson Jr., 32, is wonderfully menacing as a plastic surgeon. Ustinov, 55, steals the picture, cranky and cantankerous, yet lovable. While one might quibble that a man who could memorize T.S. Elliot should understand the words in the Capitol better, he provides an element of reality and a character audiences can relate to.
Jerry Goldsmith's remarkable score is certainly a plus, combining traditional and synthetic music, seamlessly.
"Logan's Run" may not be as flashy or 'cutting edge' as "Star Wars", but it is far sexier (with a healthy dose of nudity), more complex, and definitely worth a spot in your film library! ...more info
- GREAT TRANSACTION!!!
VERY PLEASED TO FIND THIS MOVIE FROM THE PAST. IT WAS A GIFT AND HE REALLY WAS HAPPY WITH IT!!!! ...more info
- brilliant movie
i just thought the whole movie was well done,and a very cool script.granted it is a little dated by today's standards,but what a movie for it's time. well worth having in your collection....more info
- Thoughtful 70's Sci Fi
Logan's Run belongs to a class of old school science fiction films which were popular in the early and mid-1970's, prior to the beginning of the Star Wars franchise. These films did not rely on non-stop action or dazzling special effects, but rather on thoughtful, intelligent stories, intriguing "What if?" scenarios, and astute social commentary. They included Sci Fi classics such as Soylent Green, The Omega Man, The Andromeda Strain, Westworld, and others. While the shopping mall setting and some of the special effects of Logan's Run are pretty cheesy, it is still an interesting film and its themes may be even more relevant in today's botox era than they were in the 70's. I have heard they are doing a remake and would like to think it will improve on the original. Unfortunately, given the recent history of Hollywood, it is more likely that they will drain every last bit of intelligence out of the story, and replace it with more explosions, and perhaps Will Smith. ...more info
- classic movie great SF
In the year 2274, after the world has been decimated by a holocaust, a new society is built and resides in a domed city. However, it is forbidden for humans to live beyond 30 and you are given two choices, either to go through a ritual called Carousel with the promise of being "renewed", or go on the run and risk being hunted down by an elite police force known as Sandmen....more info
- One of the Best Sci-Fi Films of all time....
"Logan's Run" is an outdated film of our time, but you have to remember back in the 1970s, they didn't have computer animation. Anyway, I was engrossed by the story line, the characters, the acting, and of course, the visual effects. I now consider this film one of my favorites of all time. ...more info
- Good classic sci-fi flick
Good film. Dated though and the picture quality needs to be remastered. The acting is superb and no doubt lifts the film. They were so believable! If you love sci-fi flicks this one is a must....more info
- Should be rated R
As a mom, I have to throw my 2 cents in about the rating of this movie. I remember watching it as a kid on tv and recently bought it to share with my family. (Fortunately I previewed it before showing it to my kids.) I was shocked when Logan and Jessica ran into the "love shop" where there was a kind of naked orgy going on in semi darkness. You can see women's naked breasts in the scene. Later, to get warm Jessica takes off her dress, exposing her breasts. There is another scene where people have been frozen and for some reason they all took off their clothes before being frozen. So, more naked people. I loved the movie for the neat effects that are kind of cheesy now, but I am sad that I have to throw the movie in the trash because of the nudity. ...more info
- Classic Scifi.
Loved this movie. I hadn't seen it in a while and I found the storyline compelling. Not bad for that era of movie making! ('70s)
- Logan's Run is a stunning retro-futuristic classic.
Film about population & resource control in a future post-war setting.
Cool retro-futuristic sets; definitely 70's style fashion and decor. Great actors, they're all easy to identify with and are believable in their roles. I can put this movie on frequently and enjoy it every time; there aren't any lulls in the plot or "unnecessary fluff." I haven't read the book, from what I hear the movie leaves out/changes details- But if you haven't read the book, you obviously aren't going to miss it and it's still very enjoyable. It makes you want to read the book afterward to hear more about the world of Logan's Run.
I've heard this film compared to "The Island," which I have also seen. I really think Island is more like "Coma" with Michael Douglas.
Logan's Run is mainly about population/resource control out of necessity to maintain humanity, while "The Island" and "Coma" are about Money/Greed by showing how far people will go to live longer and what business'll do to make it possible for those that can afford it.
In Island & Coma, the motivation for keeping the 'secluded world of clones' is not for survival as much as the chase for immortality and the resultant immoral lengths people take to attain it.
Logan's Run is about the chase of truth and freedom, to escape from their isolated dome world to discover a deserted, isolated earth. Though they are killed at 30, it is humane in contrast to the mutilation of those in Coma/Island....more info
- Delectable 70's sci-fi & grindin' J. Goldsmith synth soundtrack
'Member watchin' this movie at the middle school gym in Toronto (in 1979) with my brother (we were 10 and 11) - clickety-clackety 16 mm projector - 1 dollar (Canadian) admission - comin' from a rigidly Puritanical home, the coupla scenes where Jenny Agutter (Jessica) lets drop her tunic, were a moral challenge - do we have'ta admit to Mom'n Dad what we saw? uhhhh??! No...
Found myself drawn in to the combination of loaded 'terms' (sanctuary, renewal, Sandmen [putting you to 'sleep']) + the sounds/'music' generated for the film by Mr Goldsmith - love the almost ethereal/otherworldly quality of the voice of the PA - e.g.,
P.A. System: Capricorn 15's. Born 2244. Enter the Carousel. This is the time of renewal.
P.A. System: Be strong and you will be renewed. Identify.
[Capricorn 15's show flashing crystals]
great (just slight) reverb on the gently female voice - wonder who that was...??? wanna get the book......more info
- "logan five, approach and identify."
one of my favorite things about movies about the future is how everything is always a slightly more rad version of now. i mean, come on! in the future everything is based on radio waves, over-sized computers and shag hair cuts?! probably the best example in this movie is the giant gas pump in the new you plastic surgery clinic. i'm assuming this beast measures not the amount of gasoline that they aren't using to power their non-existent cars, but instead it seems to be measuring the strength of the lasers that miraculously peel away flesh and bone and give guys dark hair because that's what farrah fawcett likes.
all said in love. i rarely make it all the way to the end though. i'm usually losing interest sometime around the skinny dip scene because, well, let's face it - logan's got a flat li'l fanny, and jessica is kind of creepy with that fake-sounding british/cultured accent that people are required to use when they're in movies about the future (carrie fisher comes to mind here).
all in all, an entertaining film that brings up some of the more poignant "what-if" questions that we're currently facing with over-population, pollution and casual drug abuse. ...more info
- Truly a classic
This is what Science Fiction is supposed to be, Thought Provoking.
Excellent imagery. Superb plot. Well developed. Wonderful ending. ...more info
- Lame take-off from the book
Sorry, but since "Logan's Run" is one of my all-time favorite books, I was really disappointed in this rendition of it. Certainly you can't expect filmmakers to "film the book," but when a book is this special, you want the movie to be so, too. Michael York is just too old and Jenny Agutter, though a wonderful actress, just didn't fit in Jessica's skin. Though I saw the film back in the '70s and now have a copy of it, try as I might, I just can't seem to get past how it botches my vision of this fabulous book. Read the book! An extraordinary, visionary tale!...more info
- Classic '70s Sci-fi.
This movie is just plain fun. The story is a good one, the acting is passable more often than not, and the special effects are often so dated and cheesy as to feel nostalgic. I first saw this film when I was a child and I remembered much more than I would have imagined possible. With a child the most important aspects of a film are plotting and interesting characters, and that is what this film has in spades. The fact that brassiers are out of style in the 23rd century also makes for a promising future. ;) Michael York plays a Sandman named Logan, a police character who hunts down and 'terminates' what are called 'runners.' Members of this enclosed society who have come of age (30-years-old) are up for possible 'renewal' in an event called 'Carrousel.' Those who are of age that do not show up at 'Carrousel' are considered 'runners.' Michael York (an upstanding Sandman) is summoned by the great machine that oversees this seeming Utopia and is given a mission that requires he be thought of as a 'runner' to gain the trust of unacquired 'runners' still at large throughout the city. As a result, his final four years as a citizen is wiped away and he starts to consider the possibilty that the great machine is not 'renewing' anyone at all, but that they all die in 'Carrousel.' The seed of doubt is sewn in his mind and "Logan's Run" begins. The miniatures used as buildings, etc. are all fake-looking but are still great to look at, the special effects are often laughable, but the story is good and the film is ultimately entertaining all the way to the last scene. Recommended. ...more info
I thought I was going to watch one of the greatest sci-fi movies ever made.NOT.The acting was boring and so was the story in which I had a hard time understanding.If this movie is a classic,it should be considered one of the most boring of all-time.Now I see why I didn't watch the so-called TV series....more info
- Logan's Run: Still running and still revelant
This movie, while being pre-Star Wars, is still relevant today in the subject matter; ecology, overpopulation, hedonism, governmental control, technologies, marriage, genocide, and many others with very plausible visual depictions of a future "post-apocalyptic" society. The movie's varied subject matter is presented very well in the plot, and really...relatively simple dialogue. The actors are all very believable, yet simple. Some may say that this movie is overly simplistic, shallow, etc, but...and that is a big BUT...when you consider what the movie presents you see great depth. It should be considered a CLASSIC and rated with equal prestige as great literary works like Ray Bradbury's "Farenheit 451" or George Orwell's "Animal Farm"...more info
- An unusual sci-fi allegory
This film is best interpreted in a symbolic and allegorical way. The plot is too implausible and riddled with inconsistencies to be taken literally. Instead, what Logan's Run offers is a bizarre vision of the cult of eternal youth evolving into a police state. Some of the scenes are riveting, such as the early depiction of sanitized mass murder carried out in a spectacular ceremony. There are clear references to a commercial culture that glorifies youth and lives in denial about death. The world depicted here is at once hedonistic and claustrophobic. The environment is a kind of shallow, Disneyesque paradise from which there is no hope of escape. The implicit subtext of the movie, that hedonism is a kind of deathtrap, is well taken. ...more info
- Awesome SCI-FI Movie!
Logan's Run is an awesome Sci-Fi movie and I really enjoyed watching it. Yes it's bizarre. Yes the special effects are not as good as they are in movies being made these days. Yes the costumes are flimsy. But the acting is very good, especially the acting from Michael York and the late Richard Jordan and also Jenny Agutter is quite good too. I had taped Logan's Run when it was shown on Showtime but it was only shown in standard fullscreen and not widescreen so when I bought this widescreen DVD I rewound the tape back and taped over it with episodes of the NBC hospital drama ER. I highly recommend this DVD, the extra features could be better but at least the movie is shown in it's original aspect ratio instead of being cut so the widescreen haters won't complain about the black bars. I read an old review from some guy saying that he heard rumors about a movie remake of Logan's Run and I really don't think this movie needs to be remade but if it is being remade I hope they don't mess it up! ...more info
- My love and hate of this down to a science...
The premise of this "thinking man's" tale is intriguing enough, with appropriate and fitting set designs and costuming, a semi-fleshed-out dystopian society (a dystopia being a utopia with hidden insidious elements), and an interesting trio of main characters. Their motivations are established and followed through nicely, and the nature of their world aided in those motivations.
BUT... it wasn't until York and Auggeter enter the ice cave... the exact moment when they put on clothing to warm themselves - is the very moment the movie changes gears. Motivations become skewed. Plot points are made slapdash, forgettable, and at times annoying (the Peter Ustinov character in particular). The conclusions take on a woefully predictable air and the extraordinary setting lowers itself the the mundane and cliched (the ages-old phrase "does not compute" is used as its climactic signative). Only the leads' performances and Jerry Goldsmith's landmark score survive the whole ordeal as shining beacons.
3.5 stars for the first half of "Logan's Run", 1 for the second half = 2.5 stars....more info
- Nice Movie
I kept thinking that this must have come our around the time of Planet of the Apes; very similiar type of movie.
It starts of a bit slow as you don't care for the people much, but once Jenny Agutter comes into the movie, the chemistry between her and Michael York makes it an easy movie to watch.
It was filmed in 1976 .. quite sometime ago and some of the effects show it. That said, some of the effects are quite good too.
It surprised me a bit, but I was really glad to have gotten this DVD and watch it (a couple times now). It actually seems to have the effect -- on me at least -- to be a "feel good" movie. Likeable leads, good colour etc, and worth a viewing....more info
- Logan's Run
I enjoyed the movie! I saw it when it first came out when I was a teen. I remembered it , but not the details, so it was nice to see it again. It was interesting to see how they perceived the future to be. ...more info
- Good fashion with out-dated effect
Can be considered a good movie in the 80s but special effect is too dated. I felt that the fashion sense is stylish though some people may disagree. The transportation and gun look fake. Still watchable but cannot compared to modern science fiction movie. ...more info
- DVD Movie
I bought this movie because I really enjoyed it years ago. Still enjoyed the movie. ...more info
- Old Fashioned Sci-Fi
Obviously this film is open to criticism on several fronts. The fact that it was shot in a shopping center gives it a contemporary commercial feel rather than a futuristic feel. The gas torches that are supposed to be laser guns are not convincing at all. Even as a kid watching this film I couldn't figure out what the special effects people were thinking. They certainly could have come up with a more convincing laser gun than that in 1976. Also, the dialogue in the script is rather simple and drags in much of the film. However, having said all of this I still can't help feeling that this is a rather profound film.
Like most pre-Star Wars science fiction, the themes that the film deals with, and deals with well, are themes that we deal with today. Themes such as:
1)our youth worshipping culture and our horror of growing old
2)our obsession with cosmetics and plastic surgery
3)our limited resources and how they can best be used
4)free love and sex
5)recreational drug use
6)our increasing dependence on technology
7)the deterioration and decline of the family
All of these issues are addressed by the film and dealt with in a sober and unsettling way. In some ways this is not a fun film to watch. It raises questions. Could we actually get to a point where we start killing people just because they reach a certain age? I've heard some bad things are taking place in Holland and parts of Scandinavia. Could we ever reach a point where marriage and family life becomes a thing of the distant past, recalled only in legends and folk-lore? We seem to be moving in that direction. And could we get to a point where we become totally dependent on technology so that computers are ordering us around and we have no individual rights? I still think the most chilling part of the film is when the computer says to Logan "Identify".
The film does present a "solution" to these issues although I'm not sure that it's a very good one. It seems to suggest that going back to a more primitive existence where technology didn't exist and where humans are forced to spend their time hunting and looking for nuts and seeds is the answer. I'm not so sure.
Of course, these are the broad themes that the film addresses but the storyline itself is rather puzzling too. For example, what was Logan's real motive in running? Was he following orders from the computer or was he actually running in earnest? Or was he conflicted about whether he should actually run or stick to the mission? Also, why, when he was about to meet the other runners for the first time, did he send a tracking signal to the other sandmen? Did he think that the runners would kill him and that his only hope of escape was for the sandmen to create a diversion? How did Logan come to the conclusion that sanctuary didn't exist and why did this cause the city's computer system to crash? These are questions that I've wondered about and I haven't really found a satisfactory answer to them.
I know a lot has been said about the dullness of the dialogue in the film, but I think it's important to remember that this is a young culture that's being presented. It's a culture where young people don't have to think because the computers do all of their thinking for them and provide for their every need. In light of this, it's quite probable that their life skills and their intellectual development would be stunted. These are people who are intellectually more like children than adults.
I do wonder why the city's central computer spoke with a warm, soft feminine voice. Is this another theme? It's like a human government saying to it's citizens "Let me take care of you. Let me provide for you. And in return you will be my slaves."
- the runner
Its one of those scien fics movies i had to include in my collection....more info
- Not that good. Just a cheesy 70s movie
This movie was given to me by someone that I think alot of so I want them to find out through this website that reluctantly we can't be friends anymore. Sorry. This movie was pretty damn boring. I agreed with that one guy that wrote a bad review for this movie so bigups to him. Shame to all of you who believe that this isn't one of the more boring movie since the tenant. It has its good points...well all movies have an ending thats one. Cant remember anything else except that punk ass robot crying when his little house fell apart anyway Thats about it.
This is for my dear friend
Sorry sweetheart this is where you and me go our seperate ways.
She knows who this message is meant for.
Go buy Death Race 2000 now thats a good movie!!!!