Logan… Michael York
Francis… Richard Jordan
Jessica… Jenny Agutter
Holly… Farrah Fawcett-Majors
Old Man… Peter Ustinov
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian
JESSICA 6: A friend of mine went on carousel. Now he’s gone.
LOGAN 5: Yes, well, I’m sure he was renewed.
JESSICA 6: He was killed.
In the Year of the City 2274, (and you can tell it’s the 70’s, ’cause people wear kaftans), a computer regulates the lives, and deaths, of every WASPy individual within its domain. The hand of every baby is implanted with a stylish disc-shaped jewel — a life-clock — and when it turns red that means you are just about to die. On the upside, it’ll be utopia till the age of thirty. Life will be easy, money will be plentiful, and entertainment will be violent. Okay, sure, you’ll die a spectacularly flamey death to the cheers of your loved ones, but that’s a small price to pay. Until a death enforcer named Logan finds himself on the run – inside the dome, death is certain; outside the dome, death could be around any corner (but mostly it’s just cats) – and discovers his whole world is a sham.
Why It’s Must-See: It’s all about the outfits, really.
Romance Factor: Logan and his chance-met cyber date, the winsome Jessica, form one of those on-the-run romances that surely won’t last once they settle into normal life. Especially as utopia is ruined now.
Box Office: $25 million, on a $9 million budget. Those numbers just seem so adorable now, don’t they?
Critical Reception: A Special Academy Award and two further nominations, as well as six awards at the Saturns and both Hugo and Nebula nominations. The mainstream critics were less kind.
Influence: Pretty much all the teen dystopias we see nowadays.
Notable Merchandise: An action figure line was planned and never released, but prototypes exist and command the kind of prices rare sci-fi merch usually does in this eBay age. A 500-piece jigsaw puzzle is similarly difficult to find.
On the Page: There are two sequels to the original novel, Logan’s World and Logan’s Search. In comics, Marvel produced seven issues of a title that was cancelled before the story could be fully told, and Adventure Comics released an adaptation of the first novel in 1990 and the second in 1991.
Did You Know? Michael York was over thirty when he made this film.