THX 1138

DVD - 2004
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
THX 1138
"Like all other drones in the sprawling subterranean technocracy, he has a designation: THX 1138. He's the product of a number-crunching, soul-numbing society. But there's a flaw: he's human and wants out."--Container.

Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2004]
Edition: The George Lucas director's cut widescreen version
ISBN: 0790798662
Branch Call Number: DVD SciFi THX
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (88 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in


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George Lucas' feature film debut, set in a dystopian future of conformity and control.

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May 27, 2014

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Apr 08, 2013

I was a TV/film student at San Francisco State when this film was made. The space where THX1138 comes upon the neon-lit religious icon is Studio 1 in the TV department where I crewed and directed a number of student productions. The control room was used in the trial scene, as were close-ups of the video switcher. Most of the head-shaved residents of the subterranean city were extras from a large, San Francisco drug-rehab organization of the time. The long car chase in the underground freeway was done in the Oakland to Alameda tunnel over a period of several nights. The tunnel is not even a mile long. (Spoiler Alert!)In the escape from the city scene where THX is climbing concrete rungs up a long vertical tube toward the “surface,” he is really crawling horizontally along the concrete railroad ties of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) tunnel that was under construction below Market Street, downtown. George Lucas just tilted the camera on its side to get the effect.

Sep 29, 2011
  • Veepea rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

When I first saw this movie, I didn't like it. I waited a few years and watched it again, and- I still didn't like it. I am a huge fan of Star Wars, even of the prequels which are generally not well liked, but this movie just isn't very good. It is an interesting portrait of a dystopia, but the camera angles are confusing and there isn't enough of a back story in my opinion. The movie isn't completely devoid of worth, though.

Jun 27, 2010
  • Spillie rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A visually stark yet interesting movie, of the future yet very rooted in the time it was made. Themes common in all George Lucas movies are clearly present.


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