Silent Running

Silent Running
  • 1971
  • US
  • 1h 29min
  • U
  • Directed by: Douglas Trumbull
  • Written by: Deric Washburn, Michael Cimino, Steven Bochco
  • Cast: Bruce Dern, Cliff Potts, Ron Rifkin, Jesse Vint

Pioneering effects boffin Trumbull (he supervised 2001's elaborate set pieces) came up trumps with this warmly affecting debut sci-fi feature. Dern stars as the scientist in charge of a spacecraft experiment that's literally another Garden of Eden and is apparently intended to renourish old mother Earth after the ravages of nuclear war. When orders come through that the plan is to be ditched, Dern and his team of robots head off into hyperspace in the hope that they can inspire life on another sphere and setting the scene for a tearful finale.

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Silent Running

Bruce Dern stars as an astronaut given orders to destroy the last of Earth's botany, kept in a greenhouse aboard a spacecraft. Directed by Douglas Trumbull, the man responsible for the special photographic effects in Blade Runner.

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