October 7, 2003
Universal Studios Home Video
- Closed Captioned
- Digitally Mastered
- Runtime: 90 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in English
- Released in English
Plant-loving botanist Freeman Lowell happily carries out his duties on the spaceship Valley Forge, a giant orbiting greenhouse which contains the last remaining samples of flora from a now-barren Earth. When Lowell is ordered to destroy his cargo and return home, he mutinies, kills his more obedient shipmates, and sets out for the far reaches of space with his robot companions Huey and Dewey in tow.
In a grim future, Earth is so polluted plants can no longer survive. Giant greenhouses in orbit carry samples of Earth's dying forests. When the government decides they are too expensive to maintain, one commited crew member will stop at nothing to save them. Screenplay by Steven Bochco and Michael Cimino. Music by Peter "PDQ Bach" Schickele.
"Silent Running" marked the directorial debut of special-effects expert Douglas Trumbull, who worked with Stanley Kubrick on "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968).
Mark Persons, Steven Brown, Cheryl Sparks, and Larry Whisenhunt played Huey and Dewey, Freeman Lowell's robot companions. All four are bilateral amputees making their acting debuts.
Special designs were created by Wayne Smith, Richard Alexander, John Baumbach, Leland McLemore, Bob Shepherd, Gary Richards, and Bill Shourt. Drone units were handled by James Dow, Paul Kraus, and Don Trumbull. Tom Piskura served as video consultant. Joseph Byrd served as electronic consultant. Harry Sunby was responsible for special lighting. Richard Helmer, James Rugg, Marlin Jones, Vernon Archer, and R. L. Helmer were responsible for the special effects.
Filmed in Technicolor.