Logan's Run First Watch

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Antonovus, May 21, 2019.

  1. Antonovus

    Antonovus Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Mar 25, 2016
    Wrigley's Pleasure Planet
    For some reason, I never watched Logan's Run until today. It's just one of those movies that I kept saying I would get too.

    I was initially put off by the obvious modeling during the intro credits. However, ended up being a great movie for me. I appreciate its unique aesthetic.

    For those who have read the book- is it worth the read? Or is the movie very similar? I will probably read it any hoo.
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  2. Kilana2

    Kilana2 Vice Admiral Admiral

    Jan 31, 2015
    I never read the book. They say it's completely different.


    Sir Peter Ustinov was great!
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  3. feek61

    feek61 Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Nov 25, 2011
    In the Sunshine!
    Glad you finally got around to it!!!!!
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  4. The Realist

    The Realist Vice Admiral Admiral

    Apr 4, 2001
    I love Logan's Run (the movie). I recently caught it again on TCM. It may be the most '70s movie ever made.

    For geeks of a certain age, Jenny Agutter in that film represented a rite of passage. I read one blog review that started something like, "In 1976, I saw Logan's Run. On that day, I became a man." :lol:
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  5. Christopher

    Christopher Writer Admiral

    Mar 15, 2001
    I saw the movie edited for TV when I was a kid -- and as an adult, I finally rented it on DVD and watched it uncut. I hadn't expected a PG-rated movie to have that much nudity. The ratings meant very different things back then. I have to say, I much prefer the uncut version. :D (And I understand why my father didn't want 8-year-old me to see the movie in its theatrical run.)
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  6. JD

    JD Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Jul 22, 2004
    Arizona, USA
    I watched this once years ago, and have been thinking about giving it another watch now that it's streaming for free on Amazon.
    Is the TV series worth checking out?
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  7. dahj

    dahj Vice Admiral Admiral

    Oct 14, 2003
    Never seen it, but those kids at a sci-fi convention on an episode of Wonder Woman seemed excited about it. :D
  8. Christopher

    Christopher Writer Admiral

    Mar 15, 2001
    Maybe as a curiosity, at least. I don't remember it standing out that much from the '70s sci-fi pack, but it was story-edited by D.C. Fontana and had a lot of writers in common with Star Trek: TOS, TAS, and early TNG. Its last episode was written by legendary comic-book scribe Dennis O'Neill. But the scripts were heavily rewritten, and probably dumbed down by network fiat, as was typical for SFTV of the day.

  9. mos6507

    mos6507 Commodore Commodore

    Dec 22, 2010
    I was only six when I saw the movie in a drive-in and I think she hastened my puberty.
  10. Redfern

    Redfern Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Sep 28, 2006
    Georgia, USA
    And yet the same production had some of the most impressive glass matte paintings to depict the ruins of Washington DC being reclaimed by the wild. As a kid of 13 at that time, I had no concept of matte paintings and wondered how the heck did they do all that.

    Yeah, those buildings within the domes shouted "tabletop models!" and showing "pools" shattered the illusion even worse. I wonder if they could have been improved with the introduction of "mineral oil vapor" to "thicken the atmosphere", a technique made famous in "Close Encounters" and arguably reached a pinnacle in "Blade Runner"?

    Despite how obvious it was those were models, it's funny how often that sequence was reused in other productions, effectively becoming a "stock" shot.
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  11. Mr. Laser Beam

    Mr. Laser Beam Fleet Admiral Admiral

    May 10, 2005
    The visitor's bullpen
    I was 6 when the movie came out. I used to draw the cityscape everywhere I could.

    My question is this: What exactly the hell is ‘renewal’ supposed to be? Reincarnation? If that’s so, then why is Carousel so popular? If any of those people actually do renew, then obviously the audience will never know...so what’s the point? :confused:
  12. Cyrus

    Cyrus Vice Admiral Admiral

    Feb 10, 2002
    Los Angeles
    I liked the movie. I liked the TV series too.
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  13. Qonundrum

    Qonundrum Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    I need to see the TV series, though given the time period in which it was made I doubt it has the same level of (sexual frankness) that the movie had. But the Wikipedia episode synopses come across rather good.

    The movie is fantastic, the corny bits seem a lot less corny if one really believes the gravitas of their situation, and has aged surprisingly well despite its 1970s' trappings.
  14. Qonundrum

    Qonundrum Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Well, her and York at the same time but it takes a special type of geek who can multitask... :angel::whistle:
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  15. arch101

    arch101 Commodore Commodore

    May 3, 1999
    Quincy, MA
    The 3 Nolan novels are a good read, but different to the film. For one, the characters are younger- death is at 21 I think. Also, there was a worldwide network of domed cities connected by maze cars. They should have remade closer to the books during the Hunger Games craze of teenage heroes.
    In many ways, the film is better than the book.
    The tv show, which the original author worked on, was worse. You can get it on iTunes and judge for yourself.
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  16. Christopher

    Christopher Writer Admiral

    Mar 15, 2001
    Oh, without a doubt. It was suitable for me to watch as a 9-year-old. Heather Menzies looked pretty nice in the show, but she kept her clothes on.

    I think it's pretty weak, with an utterly nonsensical climax. It's not one of the better '70s dystopian-future movies.
  17. FormerLurker

    FormerLurker Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    May 17, 2009
    Whenever I get the opportunity to watch the film, I enjoy it immensely. But I always watch the end credits, just to laugh at the fact that the young woman who is the only one brave enough to step forward and interact with the old man is credited as "Timid Girl". For me, that's part of the experience.
  18. Guy Gardener

    Guy Gardener Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Apr 15, 2000
    In the lap of squalor I assure you.
    The sexy half dressed side kick from TV Logan's Run used to be Louisa from the Sound of Music.
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  19. F. King Daniel

    F. King Daniel Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Nov 5, 2008
    King Daniel Beyond
    I too saw this for the first time a few days ago. I really enjoyed it, in the same kind of way I enjoyed Beneath the Planet of the Apes.

    And I popped for the Thunderbirds-esque miniatures at the start.

    Michael York as the lead, though?
  20. Tosk

    Tosk Vice Admiral Admiral

    Jan 7, 2001
    On the run.
    "It's probably some dumb sports movie."
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