- Rated: G
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 30 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: May 21, 2002
- Originally Released: 1971
- Label: Universal Studios
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Snap Case
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 2.0 - English
- Dolby Digital 2.0 - French
- Dolby Digital 2.0 - Spanish
- Additional Release Material:
- Documentary: "Douglas Trumbell: Then and Now"
- Audio Commentary: Douglas Trumbell - Director, Bruce Dern - Star
- Making Of:
- "The Original Making-of Featurette"
- "The Making of Silent Running"
- Interactive Menus
- Scene Access
- Stills/Photos: "The Making of the Film illustrated with Behind-the-Scenes Photographs"
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Empire - 12/01/2008
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."
Sight and Sound - 01/01/2012
"Direct and powerful in its simplicity, this long-time cult favorite is certainly notable for the evident influence of its design work..."
Wall Street Journal - 03/29/2012
"A sci-fi classic with a green message directed by Douglas Trumbull, who supervised the special photographic effects in BLADE RUNNER."
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.
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.
Essential Cinema |
Robots / Cyborgs |
Tear Jerker |
Theatrical Release |
- 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.