Silent Running

Silent Running

Streaming Video - 1972
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As this science fiction classic opens, botanist Freeman Lowell (Bruce Dern) has spent eight years aboard the space freighter "Valley Forge" preserving the only botanical specimens left from Earth under huge geodesic domes. When he receives orders to destroy the project and return home, Lowell rebels and hijacks the freighter, while plunging the craft into the gaseous Rings of Saturn. From that moment on, he has only the trees, the gardens and two "Drone" robots, Huey and Dewey, to keep him company on his greatest adventure of all.
Publisher: [United States] : Universal Pictures, 1972.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 90 min.)) :,sd., col.
digital, rda
video file, rda


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Aug 11, 2018

One of the classics of science fiction film. Still relevant -- if not more so -- today.

Jan 02, 2016

Still good after all these years, even if a little thin on plot and content. A classic for its time.

Aug 01, 2015

The main characters actions were inconsistent. The movie was almost more about the little robots than anything else.

AladarNyc Sep 13, 2014

Found this Jem by accident (browsing the shelves @ Mid-Manhattan Branch). At the time this movie was made, it was ahead of it's time. A good story and great acting (Bruce Dern), make this a movie that has stood the test of time. I enjoyed this film!

Jul 04, 2014

his movie is way too dated to watch. The music in some of the scenes is so bad that you have to fast forward it. Don’t bother with this one.

Jun 04, 2012

This under-rated 1970s sci-fi 'dystopian' movie holds up very well. Of course the special effects are primitive by todays standards, and of course the pacing of the movie is slower (as comments below also explain) as were all space films of the time (you want slow? Try '2001: A Space Odyssey'). As a character piece, and as social/environmental commentary, it outclasses the original 'Planet of the Apes,' and is nowhere near as schlocky as 'Logan's Run' and 'Soylent Green,' from the same era.

lasertravis Jul 12, 2011

This was a good sci fi movie. Sad, depressing and brutally slow pacing would probably hurt its appeal to a broad audience, but I liked it. The main character does a great acting job. The movie does plod along, but it acheives the desired effect of plunging the viewer into a world of loneliness and depression.

Feb 17, 2011

Beautiful film, and terrific songs by Joan Baez, but darn, it can be pretty depressing at times!

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