THX 1138 (1971) MOVIE NEWS & REVIEW
THX 1138 (1971) movie
Genre | Science Fiction
Classification | MA 15+
Running time | 86 minutes
Released | 11 March 1971
Robert Duvall ... THX
Donald Pleasence ... SEN
Don Pedro Colley ... SRT
Maggie McOmie ... LUH
Ian Wolfe ... PTO
Marshall Efron ... TWA
George Lucas ... (story by)
George Lucas ... (screenplay by) and
Walter Murch ... (screenplay by)
Albert Kihn ... director of photography
David Myers ... director of photography
box office result
Australia $ not available
North America $2,437,000
This film was made as a result of George Lucas' student film short project at USC, Electronic Labyrinth THX 1138 4EB (1967). Having won significant praise and attention for what was, at the time, an unconventional short, Lucas was given the opportunity to direct a feature-length version starring Robert Duvall, produced by his mentor Francis Ford Coppola under his newly formed production company American Zoetrope. Zoetrope was a financial failure, as was this movie, but the attention was enough to win Lucas the opportunity to make American Graffiti (1973), the success of which paved the way for the opportunity to make STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE (1977).
On completion of editing of the film, Francis Ford Coppola took it to Warner Brothers. Executives there disliked the film, and insisted that Coppola turn over the negative to an in-house Warner Brothers editor, who cut approximately four minutes of the film prior to release.
After completion of photography, Francis Ford Coppola scheduled a year for George Lucas to complete post-production. Lucas edited the film on a German-made K-E-M flatbed editor in his Mill Valley house by day, with Walter Murch editing sound at night. The two would compare notes when they changed over. Murch compiled and synchronized the sound montage, which includes all of the "overhead" voices heard throughout the film, radio chatter, announcements, et cetera. The bulk of the editing was finished by mid 1970.