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THX 1138: The George Lucas Director's Cut

HD   R Closed Captioning

George Lucas

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About the Movie

Master filmmaker George Lucas ("Indiana Jones," "Star Wars" trilogies) makes his directorial debut in this futuristic sci-fi thriller. Academy Award and Golden Globe-winner Robert Duvall ("Falling Down," "A Civil Action") stars in this story of a computerized subterranean world, where sex is forbidden and emotions have been eradicated. When one computer-matched couple discovers love, this perfectly controlled world is turned upside down.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 59
  • Fresh: 52
  • Rotten: 7
  • Average Rating: 6.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: I have a good many reservations about the film's ideas, but they are greatly outweighed by my admiration for a technical virtuosity that by fair means and foul achieves exceptional emotional intensity at the same time. – Roger Greenspun, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: With political paternalism rampant at both extremes of the spectrum, Lucas is onto something. In any case, we'll know for sure in about a generation. – A.D. Murphy, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: The empty space surrounding the vulnerable man emphasizes the exertion involved rather than the goal of escape: like the hologram who came to life because he wanted to, THX finally achieves his humanity by an assertion of will. – William Paul, Village Voice, Jan 18, 2013

Fresh: This new, highly polished upgrade is a nice gift for science fiction fans. – Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Dystopian Future

If you really pay attention to what is going on in the movie, and start to think a little into it's meaning, this movie becomes very creepy very fast. It's hard for me to watch it all the way through, because you see a world controlled by 'big brother' to the extreme.

A Classic Sci-Fi Film That Deserves Your Money...

I haven't seen this film in years, so I can't exactly give a fresh review. The acting is very good. The directing is one of Lucas's finest -- in the genre list it has the artist as unknown, come on iTunes, you don't know that George Lucas made this? The special-effects are pretty good. Overall, THX 1138 is well-worth your time and money. It'll keep you interested throughout the show, and you'll love the ending and remember it for ages. Rent, and defiinitely buy this film.

A Sci-Fi Classic

I must say, as George Lucas' first film, it is mindblowingly wonderful. I am a fan of Lucas already, but this has shot up to my favorite movie of his. What started out as a college project has turned into a cultural phenomenon. Basically, I like this movie.

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