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Silent Running (1972)
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Bruce Dern Bruce Dern
Freeman Lowell
Cliff Potts Cliff Potts
John Keenan
Ron Rifkin Ron Rifkin
Marty Barker
Jesse Vint Jesse Vint
Andy Wolf
Mark Persons Mark Persons
the Drone
Steven Brown Steven Brown
the Drone
Cheryl Sparks Cheryl Sparks
the Drone
Larry Whisenhunt Larry Whisenhunt
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Existential Solace

6 years, 8 months ago at Feb 5 19:36
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While I admire this picture's environmental message, I like it more for being a touching story of survival in isolation.

Like Tom Hanks in "Cast Away", I found Bruce Dern comforting as a quiet audience surrogate, with robot companions that (like Wilson) earn affection and sympathy despite being silent. Production design here is enchanting. The only misstep is grating songs.
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Description: The Earth has become defoliated. An ecological preserve has been lofted into space containing the last specimens of green plants and wildlife. Four astronauts man the space freighter Valley Forge. One of them, a botanist named Freeman Lowell (Bruce Dern), works in the geodesic domes containing a forest lush with plants, trees, and a variety of animals. In his spare time, he tries to convince his three ecologically apathetic companions about the beauty of nature and his dream that future generations on Earth will be able to enjoy the smell of flowers and the taste of natural food. Then, when the space control station on Earth ord ... (more)
Release date: 10 March 1972
UPC: 014381422924
Tags: Sci-fi (13), Drama (8), 1972 (6), 1970s (6), Robots (5), Isolation (3), Adventure (3), Nuclear Weapon (2), Poker (2), Scientist (2), Future (2), Burial (2), Dog (2), Technology (1), Ecology (1), Post Apocalypse (1), Spaceships (1), Indifference (1), Murder (1), Dystopia (1)
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