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George Lucas's enigmatic feature film debut expands on a student film he made at USC. Created under the wing of producer Francis Ford Coppola, this movie is a bleak vision of a world in which technology, not man, is the ultimate dictator. Efficiency overrides every other aspect of human life, as people are reduced to code names and their lives are contained, monitored, and manipulated for the sake of the system. Featuring unsettling performances by Robert Duvall, Donald Pleasance, and Maggie McOmie,THX 1138does not attempt to explain how things became this way; rather, it utilizes the alienation of its characters, the stifling white-on-white imagery of its sterilized society, and the claustrophobic, droning sound design to emphasize the dangers of a world reliant on soulless technology. Even though this is not a film one will want to take in repeatedly,THX 1138merits attention because it is that rare film that uses images and sounds--rather than relying heavily on dialogue--to communicate its dark prophecy.--Bryan Reesman
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CastRobert Duvall, Donald Pleasence, Don Pedro Colley, Maggie McOmie, Ian Wolfe
DirectorGeorge Lucas
Screen WriterGeorge Lucas, Matthew Robbins, Walter Murch
Runtime:  86 minutes
Studio:  Warner Home Video
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review by . May 19, 2003
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THX-1138 was George Lucas' first major motion picture. It is an extended version of one of his student films at USC. The movie is set in the future where people are objects controlled by machines and medicines, unable to think for themselves. People have no names, only numbers. However, THX-1138's mate has other plans and starts reducing the medications she and THX (Tex) take. This leads to an awakening within THX for which he is imprisoned and escapes.THX-1138 is a film more about the cinema of …
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