Cult 101: Logan’s Run (1976)
Director: Michael Anderson Run Time: 119 min. Rating: PG Release Year: 1976
Starring: Farrah Fawcett, Jenny Agutter, Michael York, Richard Jordan, Roscoe Lee Browne
Country: United States
Presented as part of the 2023 edition of Cult 101.
About the film:
In the Year of the City 2274, humans live in a vast, bubbled metropolis, where computerized servo-mechanisms provide all needs so everyone can pursue endless hedonism. Endless, that is, until Lastday, when anyone who’s 30 must submit to Carrousel, a soaring, spinning trip to eternity and supposed rebirth.
The screen’s first use of laser holography highlights this post-apocalyptic winner of an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. Michael York plays Logan 5, a Sandman authorized to terminate Runners fleeing Carrousel. Logan is almost 30. Catch him if you can.
About the filmmaker:
Michael Anderson was a prolific London-born film director, best known for directing the World War II film The Dam Busters (1955), the Academy Award-winning Best Picture Around the World in 80 Days (1956) and the dystopian sci-fi film Logan’s Run (1976).
His other features include the first film adaptation of 1984 (1955), 1920s Irish drama Shake Hands with the Devil (1959), World War II film Operation Crossbow (1965), and spy thriller The Quiller Memorandum (1966). His feature film Battle Hell (1957) competed for the Palme d’Or at the 1957 Cannes Film Festival. Anderson’s work in television includes the 1980 NBC miniseries The Martian Chronicles and the critically acclaimed 1986 HBO movie Sword of Gideon. His final film was the sequel The New Adventures of Pinocchio (1999) starring Martin Landau as Geppetto. He was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Directors Guild of Canada in 2012.See our upcoming films