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Soylent Green

Richard Fleischer / US, 1973 / 97 min.

New York 2022, home to 40 million people subsisting on strange, green rusks is the dystopian setting for director Richard Fleischer. Detective Thorn sets out to find out whether the food corporation genuinely uses plant-based ingredients for Soylent Green?

poster Soylent Green (Richard Fleischer, US 1973)

New York sweats through a permanent heatwave, clean water, soap, vegetables, meat and fruit have become unaffordable except for the super rich in their ritzy apartments. Other New Yorkers are homeless and hungry, subsisting on the strange, factory-produced rusk: Soylent Green.

How vegetarian is this government provided rusk? Detective Thorn (Charlton Heston) attempts to find out supported by aging scientist Sol Roth (Edward G. Robinson’s last role) and discover the shocking truth …

Soylent Green is a shining example of a societally critical cult film and was screened at countless SF festivals. Fleischer provides an ominous depiction of the now not so distant over-populated future and Big Corp’s machinations. Little civilisation remains when the populace is reduced to fighting for the last scraps of food.

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Soylent Green


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still from Soylent Green (Richard Fleischer, US 1973)
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