Lucas' Stylish Feature Film Debut
- These days, the name "George Lucas" is synonymous with "Star Wars" and "Big Money," but not really "bizarre independent films." However, Lucas' first major film, THX 1138 in 1971, is just that - and it is a good Sci-Fi film as well.
Set in an unspecified time and place in the future, society is run in an intensely strict way. Every street and corridor is patrolled by mechanical policeman; sex is a crime; one state-sanctioned religion is rammed down every throat; and everyone is required to take a mind numbing, feeling suppressing, but productivity enhancing medication - and a failure to do so warrants a penalty of imprisonment or death. THX 1138 (Robert Duvall) is a worker drone living in this society, but he stops taking his meds and feels the shock of his suppressed humanity. He falls in love with his female roommate LUH and looks for a way to escape the only world he has ever known.