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Logan's Run (vhs/ntsc)(1976)
William F. Nolan
(novel) and George Clayton Johnson
Genre: Action / Adventure / Sci-Fi
Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael York .... Logan
Richard Jordan .... Francis
Jenny Agutter .... Jessica
Roscoe Lee Browne .... Box
Farrah Fawcett .... Holly
Michael Anderson Jr. .... Doc
Peter Ustinov .... Old Man
Randolph Roberts .... 2nd Sanctuary Man
Lara Lindsay .... The Woman Runner
Gary Morgan .... Billy
Michelle Stacy .... Mary 2
Laura Hippe .... Woman Customer
David Westberg .... Sandman
Camilla Carr .... Sanctuary Woman
Greg Lewis .... Cub
Color: Color (Metrocolor)
Sound Mix: 70mm 6-Track (70mm prints) / Stereo
Certification: USA:PG / Finland:K-16
Logan's Run is a novel by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson, published in 1967. A film version was made in 1976, directed by Michael Anderson, which was filmed in Dallas, Texas. A television version was made from 1977 to 1978, produced by Ivan Goff.
"The seeds of the Little War were planted in a restless summer during the mid-1960s, with sit-ins and student demonstrations as youth tested its strength.
By the early 1970s over 75 percent of the people living on earth were under twenty-one years of age.
The population continued to climb—and with it the youth percentage.
In the 1980s the figure was 79.7 per cent.
In the 1990s, 82.4 per cent.
In the year 2000—critical mass."
In the future, the population's age is limited at twenty one years. When people reach that limit they commit suicide in a ceremony called Carouselle, in which they believe they may be reborn. A person's age can be told by looking at a life clock crystal in the palm of their hand, that glows a different colour depending on their age.
Runners are people who want to escape this fate. Logan, a Deep Sleep, or sandman who polices the Carouselle process, becomes a runner himself when his life clock is put forward so he can work undercover. Jessica 6, a contact Logan has because he terminated her runner brother, helps Logan to find the mythical "sanctuary", a place of safety for runners outside of the massive cities that the population is centered in.
Warning: contains spoilers.
Francis, another sandman, catches up with Logan and Jessica after they have managed to escape the cities. He reveals that he and Ballard, a friend of Jessica and Logan who has helped them escape, are one in the same (he was wearing a disguise). Ballard is working from within the system, and he believes that it is starting to die. Sanctuary turns out to be an abandoned space colony near Mars. Logan and Jessica escape to the colony on a rocket from the remains of the John F. Kennedy Space Center. Ballard remains to continue to help others escape.
In the movie Logan's Run, Francis is commissioned by the city's computer network to follow Logan and Jessica. They have found the frozen human remains of others who attempted to escape the city guarded by an android. Logan and Jessica narrowly escape the android and conclude that Sanctuary does not exist. In the ruins of Washington D.C., Logan and Jessica meet an old man -- well beyond the thirty-year lifespan that citizens are allowed, and in a confrontation between Logan and Francis, learn that the restrictions on population, Carousell, and the bases for their society are no longer necessary.
When Logan and Jessica are arrested by the Sandmen and placed under the city computer for interrogation, their denial of Sanctuary causes the computer and the city domes' destruction. Logan and Jessica escape and the under twenty one citizens meet the old man who accompanied them.
Logan's Run is fast-paced and at times graphic and sexually explicit for the time in which it was written. Although generally dark (forced self-mutilation, sadistic sexual torture), Logan's Run is also quite broadly drawn, with characters such as a cryogenics- and sex-obsessed cyborg, and an army of deadly American Civil War recreation androids.
first mention of Logan's Run in Usenet:
From: ucbvax!sf-lovers (ucbvax!sf-lovers)
Subject: SF-LOVERS Digest V6 #94
Date: 1982-12-03 01:54:16 PST
From SFL@SRI-CSL Wed
Dec 1 21:57:03 1982
Reply-To: SF-LOVERS at SRI-CSL
SF-LOVERS Digest Thursday, 2 Dec 1982 Volume 6 : Issue 94
Books - Asimov's Foundation's Edge, Michener's Space, Chalker's Well World, Wolfe's The Citadel of the Autarch, early reading & book stores
T.V. - Battlestar Ponderosa, Star Trek favorites
Movies - the Other in Star Wars/TESB
Music - SF music, filk
Misc - bumper sticker
Date: 1 Dec 1982 11:51:37-EST
From: csin!cjh at CCA-UNIX
Subject: Obscure bumper sticker:net.jokes
if you like LOGAN'S RUN