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Soylent Green

  PG Closed Captioning

Richard Fleischer

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About the Movie

This is the year 2022. Overcrowding, pollution, and resource depletion have reduced society's leaders to finding food for the teeming masses. The answer is Soylent Green - an artificial nourishment whose actual ingredients are not known by the public. Thorn is the tough homicide detective who stumbles onto the secret so terrifying no one would dare believe him.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 35
  • Fresh: 25
  • Rotten: 10
  • Average Rating: 6.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Their 21st-century New York occasionally is frightening but it is rarely convincingly real. – A.H. Weiler, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: Good, solid stuff, assembled efficiently enough to be pretty persuasive. – Geoff Andrew, Time Out, Aug 17, 2007

Fresh: Thanks to Phil Hartman's riotous Saturday Night Live impersonation of Charlton Heston's hysterical detective from Soylent Green, people who've never seen Richard Fleischer's film know its surprise ending. – Nick Schager, Slant Magazine, May 5, 2014

Fresh: This influential vision of an overpopulated future has a horrific plausibility that's hard to shake off. – Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile, Nov 21, 2008

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Customer Reviews

One of the classics. incredibly inventive!

The only thing i hated about this movie was the fact i already knew the ending going into it. I've always loved Heston, and this movie just bettered my opinion of him. The acting was fantastic. the script would have been one of the best sci-fi scripts if it hadn't been based off a book. Even the opening credits were an achievement! And, of course, the twist is the best i have ever seen. I would highly recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys films and entertainment, especially us sci-fi geeks out there. Buy it. its worth it.

this film shaped who i am today

…not only the frighteningly realistic depiction of the world we are hurtling uncontrollably towards, but the idea of books being outlawed. tiny enclaves of educated people, hiding collections of books—reference books and older history books being of highest value. as soon as the Commodore 64 hit the market, i began a lifelong journey of building my own personal library. some 30-odd years later i have over 1000 volumes, and have read all but perhaps as many as 15. (the number was much lower, but my depression makes it hard to focus properly to read and retain what i have read…oh well. i keep buying books, but not being able to read them (they mock me).

but i digress. Solent Green is a perfect film. as much as i dislike Charleton Heston, i believe this is his best role; any “redux”/remake/reimagining of this film would be equally as successful as the clusterf*ck that was the 2002 remake of another American Classic, “Rollerball.” the 1975 production with James Caan is amazing, predicting the global fascist corporatization of every aspect of human life that we are in the midst of at this very moment.

Solent Green, Rollerball…both classics and absolute perfection just as they are.

One of the greatest of all time.

This is without a doubt one of the greatest Sci-Fi movies of all time. No special FX, no outlandish fight scenes or chases. Just great actors giving great performances to a great script. Story telling at it's best!!! rent or buy you won't be disappointed.

Soylent Green
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Released: 1973

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