Classic Trailer Tuesday: Silent Running (1972)


If you want to know what special effects looked like before Star Wars then you needn’t look much further than Silent Running. Bruce Dern stars as Freeman Lowell a scientist on a long term mission to look after Earth’s forests on board a space ship as the planet is no longer capable of sustaining life. Needless to say when the order is given to destroy the forests he doesn’t take it well.

Left alone on the ship and on the run he makes friends with the ships service droids naming them Huey, Dewey and Louis and teaches them how to plant. These guys are definitely the forerunners of Wall-E as is much of the theme of the film.

There’s probably no other film that sells itself on the songs of Joan Baez and that’s surely enough reason to watch.


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