Friday, March 10, 2017
"Silent Running" released 1972
One of my favorite 70's sci-fi movies, Silent Running, was released March 10, 1972. This was shortly after the EPA had been formed so environmentalism and saving the forests were huge messages in the movie. Bruce Dern stars as an astronaut on board one of several ships carrying the last of Earth's forests and plants, since our planet had become so polluted, all the flora and foliage died off.
When the order comes from Earth to destroy the bio-domes and return, Bruce takes matters into his own hands. It has some suprisingly touching scenes with Dern and the robots, Huey, Dewey and Louie, who were played by several multi-amputee actors.
Joan Baez lends her voice to the songs featured in the movie.