In a grim future, Earth is so overdeveloped plants can no longer survive. Giant greenhouses in orbit carry samples of Earth's dying forests. When the government decides they are too expensive to maintain, one committed crew member will stop at nothing to save them. Screenplay by Steven Bochco and Michael Cimino. Music by Peter "PDQ Bach" Schickele.
Steven Bochco - American TV Producer/Writer
Cliff Potts - American Actor/70s
Deric Washburn - Screenwriter
Ron Rifkin - American Character Actor
Douglas Trumbull - Special effects wizard
Steve Brown - Actor\"I Remember Mama"
Michael Cimino - Director/Writer/Producer
Jesse Vint - Director/Screenwriter/Actor
Michael Gruskoff - Producer/Executive
Aaron Stell - Editor
Bruce Dern - American actor, COMING HOME
Peter Schickele - Score Composer
Charles F. Wheeler - American Diretor of Photography
Chuck Wheeler - American Diretor of Photography
Plant-loving botanist Freeman Lowell happily carries out his duties on the spaceship Valley Forge, a giant orbiting greenhouse which contains the last remaining samples of flora from a now-barren Earth. When Lowell is ordered to destroy his cargo and return home, he mutinies, kills his more obedient shipmates, and sets out for the far reaches of space with his robot companions Huey and Dewey in tow.
Theatrical Release: March 10, 1972. "Silent Running" marked the directorial debut of special-effects expert Douglas Trumbull, who worked with Stanley Kubrick on "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968). Mark Persons, Steven Brown, Cheryl Sparks, and Larry Whisenhunt played Huey and Dewey, Freeman Lowell's robot companions. All four are bilateral amputees making their acting debuts.
4 stars out of 5 -- "It's a strange mix of naive and sophisticated and breaks all sorts of storytelling rules, but should be seen for its big heart, innovative effects and outstanding central performance." - 12/01/2008 Empire, p.207
"Direct and powerful in its simplicity, this long-time cult favorite is certainly notable for the evident influence of its design work..." - 01/01/2012 Sight and Sound
"A sci-fi classic with a green message directed by Douglas Trumbull, who supervised the special photographic effects in BLADE RUNNER." - 03/29/2012 Wall Street Journal